Oklahoma Truck Accident Lawyers


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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.

Far too many preventable fatalities involve 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 an Oklahoma truck accident is enormous. 

At McIntyre Law, our Oklahoma 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.

Why choose McIntyre Law as my 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 victim’s’ 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 truck accident attorneys and have unabated access to our lawyers at any time.

 

If you or a loved one has been the unfortunate victim of a truck accident contact McIntyre Law today to start your case.

 

Common causes of Oklahoma truck crashes

There are a lot of ways that Oklahoma trucking accidents occur. While many truck drivers and trucking companies abide by the law and are safe for motorists, Oklahoma trucking accidents usually occur when these Oklahoma traffic laws and/or safety regulations are violated. According to the Department of Transportation, the top 10 reasons for truck accidents are:

  • Driver failing to obey traffic laws or road rules
  • Speeding
  • Underinflated tires
  • Cargo that shifts or is incorrectly loaded on a commercial truck
  • Driver fatigue (i.e. driving without proper breaks for sleeping)
  • Driver substance abuse
  • Improper braking or deceleration
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Blind spots (not seeing other vehicles on the road)
  • Careless or reckless driving

While trucking accidents in Oklahoma are not always the driver or the company’s fault, they are often preventable. Of the top ten reasons above, all appear avoidable except for perhaps blind spots. Of course, some are caused by truckers, by faulty equipment or for other reasons, and others are caused by the drivers of passenger vehicles.

Trucking accidents caused by passenger vehicle drivers

Trucking accidents in Oklahoma are everyone’s problem. As a driver or passenger, you are at risk every time you get on the road. Here are some common causes of accidents between trucks and passenger vehicles:

  • Driving behind or next to a commercial truck; the driver has limited or zero visibility in these areas.
  • Abrupt lane-changes in front of a truck.
  • Turning to the right of a truck that is making a right-hand turn.
  • Making a left turn in front of a truck at an intersection and misjudging the speed of the approaching truck.
  • Improper merges into traffic, which would require a truck to maneuver or brake quickly.
  • Failing to slow down or speed up as necessary if a truck is changing lanes or merging.
  • Driving in between large trucks.
  • Leaving a disabled vehicle partially on the highway, rather than getting it completely off to the shoulder.
  • Passing with insufficient headway.
  • Allowing the vehicle to be blown out of position by air turbulence or crosswind after passing a truck.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call the experienced Oklahoma trucking accident lawyers today. We’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.

The impact of driving fatigue on Oklahoma truck drivers

Knowing the dangers of driving while sleepy, why would truck drivers force themselves to stay on the road longer than necessary or legally allowed? The answer, sadly, comes down to economics.

People who drive trucks for long distances do not lead easy lives. They spend most of their time alone in their trucks. They rely on truck stops for meals, showers, and sometimes, places to sleep. Unfortunately, many trucking companies pay their drivers by the mile. So naturally, the more miles they drive, the more money they make. The hours-of-service regulations instituted by the Department of Transportation state that truck drivers can only drive a certain number of hours per day, and must rest a certain number of hours before hitting the road again. But these regulations are difficult to enforce.

To get around them, some truck drivers will speed, putting themselves and others on the road at risk for truck accidents in Oklahoma. Or they will simply drive more hours than they are permitted, and doctor their logs. Not all truck drivers do this, but some do. Driving too many hours in a day, and doing it for prolonged periods causes fatigue, poor judgment, and poor reaction time, increasing the likelihood of truck accidents.

Our Oklahoma truck accident attorneys have helped many clients who were injured, or whose loved ones were killed by crashes with semi trucks. Talk to us to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers

 

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in an accident with a big rig semi-truck in Oklahoma, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact us today

 

Common injuries from trucking accidents 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. The following are common injuries sustained by victims of Oklahoma truck accidents:

  • 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
  • Surgical interventions

If you or a loved one has suffered from these injuries as a result of an Oklahoma trucking crash, the attorneys at McIntyre Law have the experience that will help you get the long term care you need.

What is an underride accident?

An underride accident is when a passenger vehicle crashes into the rear or a tractor-trailer, and the result is often fatal. Although tractor-trailers are required to be equipped with underride guards, these often fail, even in low-speed crashes. When a passenger vehicle crashes into the rear of a tractor-trailer, the upper part of the passenger compartment can be crushed because the body of the truck has such an impact on the vehicle safety cage.

How can you prevent semi-truck accident injuries?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for both truck drivers and others to prevent semi-truck accident injuries:

  • A truck driver (like any motorist or passenger) should always wear a seat belt. The CDC estimates that 14 percent of truck drivers do not use one on every trip.
  • The drivers who reported not wearing seat belts also tended to have other unsafe driving behavior like speeding and other moving violations. Many of those drivers’ employers did not have a written workplace safety protocol. Every employer should properly train truck drivers and maintenance employees to travel safely and carefully.
  • Employers should establish and enforce safety policies that include seat belt use, and ban texting while driving and the use of any handheld mobile device while on the road.

At McIntyre Law, P.C., we’ve seen victims of truck accidents that come in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve been a victim of an Oklahoma trucking accident, or if you have a friend or loved one who has, contact us today for a free consultation. Our experts can work with you on every phase of the process, from accident reconstruction and insurance advice to being compensated for medical and other expenses. We want to help you get what you need to be happy and healthy—even after an Oklahoma trucking accident.

What do I do if a loved one has died in an Oklahoma trucking accident?

The Oklahoma truck accident 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 trucking accident 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 truck accident attorneys at McIntyre Law are experienced in guiding and helping families who have lost loved ones in an Oklahoma trucking accident.

 

Contact us today to start your truck accident lawsuit today.

 

What you need to know before filing a trucking accident lawsuit in Oklahoma

If you are a victim in a trucking accident in Oklahoma City and beyond, 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 truck accident defense attorney. Many times the trucking company’s investigator and defense lawyer may arrive at the accident scene even 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 semi-truck accident in Oklahoma.

Hiring your own Oklahoma truck accident attorney can quickly nullify the advantage gained by the trucking companies. At McIntyre Law, we employ experienced truck accident 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 Oklahoma truck accident and when necessary employ the services of nationally recognized experts who will assist in our accident investigation.

What compensation can I get from filing a trucking accident lawsuit in Oklahoma?

Under Oklahoma law, you are entitled to recover the following if you are injured in an Oklahoma truck accident:

  • Physical pain and suffering, past and future
  • Mental pain and suffering, past and future;
  • Reasonable expenses of the necessary medical care, treatment, and services, past and future.

Additionally, Oklahoma law allows a jury to consider the following compensation in a trucking accident:

  • Loss of earnings and/or time
  • Impairment of earning capacity

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 areas of Oklahoma do the trucking accident attorneys at McIntyre Law practice 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
  • Moore

We cover counties including Oklahoma County, Tulsa County, Payne County, Cleveland and McCurtain County. No matter where you are in the state of Oklahoma, our truck accident lawyers stand ready to help you.

 

If you find that you’ve been injured in a trucking accident in Oklahoma, contact us today to set up your free consultation.

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