Often it is the truck driver or the truck itself that is the cause of a trucking accident. Drivers may be fatigued, poorly trained, distracted, or driving drunk / drugged. There are a variety of unsafe moves truck drivers make to cause accidents. The truck may be improperly maintained or incorrectly loaded or have faulty parts from the manufacturer. Additionally, a trucking company is responsible for the actions of its drivers and the reliability of its trucks.
Because of the size and weight of tractor trailers (up to 80,000 pounds), the injuries they cause in a wreck with a car (avg. weight 4,000 pounds) are likely to be catastrophic and require months or years of physical and financial recovery. A truck accident injury may cause permanent disability or death. Unfortunately, the latest statistics show that the number of injuries in truck accidents is on the rise.
A person in a car or passenger truck, on a motorcycle or walking as a pedestrian is at a terrible disadvantage in a collision with a tractor trailer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that in 2018 there was a 3% increase in truck related fatalities while there was a decrease in other vehicle related fatalities. In Oklahoma over the last decade, there has been an average of 100 fatal truck accidents each year, according to the Truck Safety Coalition.
Federal regulations dictate how much time a truck driver can legally spend behind the wheel during a work shift. Even so, driver fatigue is the cause of tens of thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths in truck accidents each year. Sometimes drivers don’t realize they are fatigued — and sometimes they push themselves when they know they shouldn’t.
Oklahoma personal injury law gives truck crash victims strict time limits from the date of their injury to file a claim for compensation. It is important to act quickly on your claim because evidence and memories can diminish over time. The Rode Law Firm has helped many truck accident victims recover both physically and financially as they put their lives back together.
Long-distance trucking is a crucial part of American life. Commercial trucks distribute 80 percent of the country’s consumer products. But trucks are involved in more than 500,000 accidents each year and tens of thousands of injuries and deaths.
Review some of the regulations that govern the trucking industry in Oklahoma and some of the firms involved in trucking across the Sooner State.
Review some of the regulations that govern the trucking industry in America.
The truck accident attorneys of the Rode Law Firm have been assisting injured Oklahomans and their families for more than 30 years. If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a tractor trailer, we can help you, too.