Semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, tanker trucks, and other large commercial vehicles are an everyday sight around the state of Oklahoma. The fact they are so common may make it seem like they are safe, but in reality, these vehicles put everyone on the road at risk of serious injury. When they are involved in a crash, victims often end up with broken bones, soft tissue injuries, burn, and even traumatic brain injuries. Fortunately, in many cases, they are legally entitled to financial compensation. Under Oklahoma law, people who are hurt in truck accidents caused by the negligence of others can file a claim to obtain compensation for damages like medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, property damage, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
It is easy to tell that large trucks are different than other vehicles just by looking at them -they are larger, have more wheels and axles, and often are made of multiple sections attached by a coupling device. These characteristics also make them more likely to be involved in certain types of accidents, including the following:
These and other types of truck accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Importantly, truck accidents are not always the truck driver’s fault; they may also be caused by the negligence of trucking companies, parties responsible for the loading of cargo, vehicle manufacturers, or even state agencies that build and maintain our roadways. Some of the more common causes of commercial truck accidents in Oklahoma include:
After an accident, it is critical to take steps to preserve evidence and protect your right to recover for your losses. Some of the victims should do in the hours, days, and weeks after an accident include the following:
Why You Should Retain an Oklahoma Truck Accident Lawyer Immediately
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should contact an attorney familiar with commercial vehicle litigation immediately. These kinds of cases are significantly different than “regular” car accidents and often involve complex federal regulations, case law, and industry standards that are not common knowledge among personal injury lawyers. By retaining an attorney who focuses on truck accident cases, you can maximize your chances of obtaining the full value of your claim.
We’ve all seen news stories about horrific truck accidents involving large semi-trucks, many of which were carrying cargo at the time of the crash. While dangerous, these are not the only types of trucks that can cause serious…READ MORE
Truck accident cases can be substantially more complicated and can require significantly more resources than other types of motor vehicle accident or personal injury cases. You always want to make sure that any attorney you hire has successfully handled cases that specifically involve large commercial trucks and the trucking industry. Your attorney should have a thorough understanding of trucking industry standards, FMCSA regulations, and truck accident reconstruction methods. At USTA, we focus specifically on truck accident cases and you can rest assured that we have the experience needed to successfully handle your case.GET STARTED
With their legal teams and insurance companies, trucking companies are known for fighting against liability whenever possible. They will often try to strong-arm injured individuals into accepting inadequate settlements by intimidating them with the idea of trial and the resources involved in litigation. Unfortunately, too many attorneys recommend settling cases too early in the process to avoid any further litigation. You need an attorney on your side who is not intimidated by trucking companies and who has the resources and willingness to take your case as far as necessary to obtain the full settlement or award you deserve. The attorneys at USTA will not back down and will do what is needed to fully protect your rights as a truck accident victim.GET STARTED
n order to best know if an attorney is the right one for you, you should meet with them in person or schedule a phone consultation. A positive attorney-client relationship is critical in a successful truck accident case so you should always ensure that you get a good feeling from an attorney before you decide to hire them. You want to stay apprised of new developments in your case and ensure your attorney is not too busy to address your questions or concerns as they arise. At USTA, we provide personalized and committed representation and invite anyone who believes they may have a truck accident claim to call and schedule a free consultation today.GET STARTED