At the Dan Davis Law Firm, our legal professionals are prepared to fight for the rights of those injured in serious large truck accidents. As part of a typical 18-wheeler case, we will examine the cause of the truck accident so we can hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions. A truck accident may involve a number of insurance companies. In some cases, there are separate insurance policies for the cab and the trailer.
We can put resources and experience to work for you after an accident involving any type of truck, including, but not limited to:
Truck Accidents in Oklahoma City
Trucks are a common sight on Oklahoma City’s complex network of roads and highways. But with so many 18-wheelers sharing the roads with drivers on Interstate 44, Interstate 35, Northeast 23rd Street and other busy roads, truck accidents can – and do – happen with alarming frequency across the city. In 2013 in Oklahoma, there were 5,182 reported crashes involving large trucks. That’s 7.5 percent of all reported accidents statewide, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Tragically, 1,944 people died or were injured accidents with large trucks.
Why do truck accidents occur in Oklahoma City? While each accident is different, some causes of accidents are more common than others. Stop-and-go traffic may lead to a rear-end crash caused by a distracted or fatigued driver. A trucker under the influence of alcohol or drugs may speed through a crowded intersection or fail to yield while merging onto a highway.
No matter the cause of your accident, you deserve justice. The Dan Davis Law Firm is ready to protect your rights. The trucking company and its insurance carrier might not be looking out for your best interests, but we will.
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Truck Accidents in Oklahoma
Drivers throughout Oklahoma understand how to safely share the road with tractor-trailer trucks. Truck drivers should also understand how to operate their big rigs safely, but it’s astonishing to find out that some of them either aren’t trained properly or they take careless risks while driving. The consequences can be grave: Interstate 40 rollover accidents near Elk City or Clinton; crashes caused by fatigued truckers near Ponca City or Ardmore. We know a truck accident in Oklahoma can happen anywhere and anytime. If you were injured through no fault of your own or lost a loved one, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill for a truck driver or trucking company’s negligent or reckless behavior.
What causes truck accidents on Oklahoma highways? Truck drivers are required to drive thousands of miles each week to keep up with shipping and receiving demands. A trucker may choose to drive while fatigued. He or she may use drugs or alcohol while behind the wheel or become distracted by a cell phone. A trucking company may cut corners and put others in danger, failing to inspect or maintain important safety components such as brakes or tires.
At the Dan Davis Law Firm, we fight tirelessly to uncover the true cause of your accident and fight for the compensation you deserve. We pore over accident reports and medical records. We reach out to top experts and conduct comprehensive investigations into trucking companies. When your future is at stake, we leave no stone unturned in proving the long-term cost of your injuries and uncovering the true cause of your accident.
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Semi-Truck Accident Injuries
Families with loved ones who suffer a semi-truck accident injury have a lot to cope with. In addition to the pain and suffering and lost wages, there may be extensive physical rehabilitation or other ongoing treatment.
Semi-truck accidents can result in terrible injuries. The sheer size of an 18-wheeler means that a victim’s injury is likely going to be much more severe than a similar accident involving two passenger cars. A semi-truck accident injury may change the victim’s life forever in cases of:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Burn Injury
An experienced attorney knows how to incorporate factors such as the cost of physical and occupational therapy or assistive technology (for example, wheelchair) into a personal injury claim involving semi-truck accident injury. In many cases a semi-truck accident injury proves to be fatal. If negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company contributed to the semi-truck accident, it may be grounds for a wrongful death claim.
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Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents
On the highways such as I-35 and I-40, when a commercial driver is hauling freight or other material in the 18-wheeler, drivers often put in long hours which can lead to a fatigued driver accident. It is often at highway speeds that 18-wheelers experience tire failure, which may cause the driver to lose control.
In situations where traffic slows below normal rates on the highway (for instance, due to poor visibility or road construction) an inattentive trucker may be unable to slow down in time, causing a rear-end accident.
As with non-commercial drivers, speeding is a major contributing factor in many 18-wheeler accidents. At the Dan Davis Law Firm, we have experience investigating driver logs and other information to determine the extent of any negligence on the part of the truck driver in the event of an 18-wheeler accident.
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Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Our experience shows us that commercial vehicle accidents often lead to more catastrophic injury and loss than an accident between two passenger cars. When a commercial vehicle such as a semi truck is in a crash, the truck is typically heavier and larger than the other vehicle involved. This may lead to serious injury or even a wrongful death. The following are a few examples of commercial vehicles:
- Delivery trucks
- Tow trucks
- Full-size pick-up trucks with trailers
- Cement trucks
- Waste disposal trucks
In some cases, a commercial vehicle accident will involve the hauling of a dangerous or flammable material, which can result in burn injuries for accident victims. Most commercial vehicle accident cases involve multiple insurance companies in the claim process, which can make it difficult to understand where to pursue compensation for your injury or loss. Turn to the Dan Davis Law Firm for help.
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