There is no question that there are far too many preventable fatalities involving the trucking industry. Over 1,000 people have died in Oklahoma trucking accidents alone that involved large trucks. Large trucks are categorized as any truck weighing over 10,000 pounds. Motor-carrier, tractor-trailers, semis, and 18-wheelers carrying loads routinely weigh up to 80,000 pounds and the devastation they leave behind in a trucking accident is enormous. When a large truck crashes into an automobile, the impact forces are immense, generally demolishing the automobile and either killing or seriously injuring the driver and passengers. According to motor-carrier statistics, an estimated 10% of people injured in trucking collisions die. Learn more about Oklahoma trucking accidents from the Highway Safety Office’s 2007 crash facts.
At McIntyre Law, our Oklahoma City truck accident lawyers are highly skilled and work vigorously to protect the rights of clients involved in a wreck. We will work vigorously on behalf of our client’s to recover the compensation they deserve.
Retaining an Experienced Trucking Accident Attorney Quickly
One thing every individual victimized in a trucking accident knows is you are not on a level playing field when dealing with a trucking company. When a serious motor carrier collision happens, a patterned response is initiated by the trucking company to devalue your claim from the outset. The pattern response is for the truck driver to immediately call his or her dispatcher. The dispatcher will typically call the trucking companies “risk manager.” The risk manager’s job description is to identify and prioritize the risks posed by the motor-carrier collision and is followed by a coordinated application of resources to minimize and impact the potential loss. In following his job description, the “risk manager” will typically call, regardless of the hour, a “rapid response” team headed by a local defense attorney. Many times the trucking company’s investigator and defense lawyer may arrive at the accident scene before the debris is cleared. From the onset, regardless of the seriousness of your injuries, the trucking company attempts to minimize the potential compensation you may receive as a result of the truck collision.
Hiring your own Oklahoma truck accident attorney can quickly nullify the advantage described above gained by the trucking companies. At McIntyre Law, we employ experienced lawyers skilled in dealing with tractor-trailer collisions. We work vigorously on behalf of our client’s to protect them from being further victimized by the trucking company and/or their insurer. We immediately delve into the underlying cause of the accident and when necessary employ the services of nationally recognized experts who will assist in our accident investigation.
Common Causes of Oklahoma Truck Crashes
Recognizing the dangers posed on our interstates and highways by motor-carriers, semis, large trucks and/or tractor-trailers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has explicit rules for both commercially licensed truck drivers and trucking companies. While many truck drivers and trucking companies abide by the law and are safe motorists, trucking accidents usually occur when these Oklahoma traffic laws and/or safety regulations are violated. Frequently motor-carrier crashes are caused when drivers are speeding to meet delivery times, fatigued, relying on drugs to fight off fatigue or drowsiness, impaired, intoxicated and/or distracted by cellular phones.
What Injuries Do People Often Suffer in a Semi Accident in Oklahoma?
Collisions involving tractor-trailers are responsible for close to one in nine highway deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). We have represented a broad spectrum of Oklahomans injured in trucking wrecks and families of those who have lost loved ones in a trucking accident. Whether you have lost a loved one or are suffering from traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia and paraplegia, loss of limbs, whiplash, neck or back strains, broken bones, disc problems, permanent disfigurement, severe bruising, lacerations and scars, spinal trauma and/or surgical interventions as a result of the trucking crash, the Tulsa attorneys at McIntyre Law have the experience that will help you get the long term care you need.
What Damages Does Oklahoma Law Allow an Injured Motorist to Recover?
Under Oklahoma law, you are entitled to recover the following if you are injured in an Oklahoma truck accident: His or her physical pain and suffering, past and future; His or her mental pain and suffering, past and future; and reasonable expenses of the necessary medical care, treatment, and services, past and future.
Specifically, Oklahoma law allows a jury to consider the following in a trucking accident: His or her physical pain and suffering, past and future; His or her mental pain and suffering, past and future; His or her age; His or her physical condition immediately before and after the accident; The nature and extent of his or her injuries; Whether the injuries are permanent; The physical impairment; The disfigurement; Loss of earnings and/or time; Impairment of earning capacity; and The reasonable expenses of the necessary medical care, treatment, and services, past and future.
The McIntyre Law team is comprised of experienced Oklahoma truck accident lawyers who are prepared to help you recover the maximum amount the law allows as a result of your accident.
What Do I Do If a Loved One has Died in a Wreck?
The lawyers at McIntyre Law take our role as counselors of the law very serious in wrongful death actions. We are here to provide you legal guidance as well as listening to the heartache you and/or your family are going through.
According to Oklahoma law, a wrongful death claim is when an individual dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual while driving an automobile. Oklahoma law allows immediate family members of the deceased to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages from pain and suffering, lost wages, mental anguish, loss of companionship, medical costs, and other expenses.
The attorneys at McIntyre Law are experienced in guiding and helping families who have lost loved ones in an Oklahoma trucking accident.
Trust a Successful and Ethical Oklahoma Truck Accident Attorney
Honesty, hard work, and compassion are the hallmarks of our law firm. We strive to provide the best legal representation to Oklahoma trucking accident victims while adhering to a strict code of ethics. We pledge to keep the victims best interests in mind and make the legal process as painless as possible for the injured and their family. At McIntyre Law in Oklahoma City, you will get the full attention of our Oklahoma lawyers and have unabated access to our lawyers at anytime.
What Areas of Oklahoma does McIntyre Practice Trucking Accident Litigation in?
Our Oklahoma City based truck accident lawyers routinely handle cases throughout the entire state of Oklahoma. Our client representation covers Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Edmond, Norman, Ardmore, Idabel, Shawnee, Stillwater, Midwest City and Moore, in counties including Oklahoma County, Tulsa County, Payne County, Cleveland and McCurtain County. No matter where you are in the state of Oklahoma, our lawyers stand ready to help you.
If you or a loved one has been the unfortunate victim of a truck accident please contact McIntyre Law. The exceptional level of experience and personal care can make a difference in the outcome of your truck injury case.