Oklahoma City Truck Accident Attorneys
Semi-Truck & Large Commercial Vehicle Accidents in Oklahoma
Motor vehicle accidents involving large commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, are particularly devastating. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), there were nearly 4,800 large truck crashes in Oklahoma in 2020, 545 of which led to confirmed injuries and 73 of which were fatal.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, big rig, or similar large truck, you could be entitled to financial compensation from the trucking company, its insurance provider, or even a third party. We encourage you to reach out to our Oklahoma City truck accident attorneys at Fulmer Sill right away to learn how we can protect your rights and fight for your maximum recovery. Our attorneys have decades of collective experience fighting on behalf of severely injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed due to the negligence of others, and our firm has secured millions of dollars in compensation for clients state- and nationwide. We are ready to fight tirelessly for the full and fair recovery you are owed.
Who Is Liable for a Large Truck Accident?
Generally speaking, truck accidents are much more complex than standard car accidents. One reason for this is the issue of liability. Determining who is liable for a car accident is typically relatively straightforward; in most cases, the driver who caused the crash is liable for resulting damages. With truck accidents, however, many third parties may be liable, depending on how the accident occurred, whether there were additional contributing factors, and what specific circumstances were involved.
Depending on the details of the accident, any of the following parties could be liable for your truck accident:
- The trucking company
- The truck driver
- A manufacturer or distributor
- The party responsible for truck maintenance
- A truck repair company
- The entity responsible for loading cargo
- The party that owns or leases the tractor and/or trailer
- Another motorist or third party
Most truck accident claims are brought against trucking companies and/or their insurance providers. However, many different factors can affect your claim. At Fulmer Sill, we leave no stone unturned when seeking compensation for our clients. Our Oklahoma City truck accident attorneys are prepared to pursue every possible avenue of recovery on your behalf.
How Do Large Truck Accidents Happen?
One important element of determining liability in a truck accident case is discovering how the crash occurred, including whether any underlying factors contributed to the collision. Often, pinpointing the cause of the accident allows our attorneys to identify the liable party or parties.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck Driver Negligence or Error: Truck drivers are highly skilled professionals, but they are also human. As a result, they are just as susceptible to negligence and human error as any other driver on the road. Some examples of truck driver negligence and errors that lead to serious crashes include speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and violating traffic laws.
- Hours-of-Service Violations: Truck drivers are subject to federal and state hours-of-service laws. These laws regulate the number of hours truckers may drive, as well as the number of breaks they may take and at what time they must take those breaks. The purpose of these regulations is to prevent fatigued driving, which can be as deadly as drunk driving. When truckers violate hours-of-service laws, they are at risk of drowsy driving and may cause serious crashes.
- Overloaded or Improperly Loaded Cargo: Large trucks are also subject to state and federal capacity limits. Violations of these limits can be extremely dangerous and may lead to large truck accidents. Additionally, when cargo is improperly loaded, it can lead to shifting weight and other problems during transit. This can, in turn, cause the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle and may result in jackknifing, rollovers, and other serious accidents.
- Trucking Company Negligence: Trucking companies can engage in all types of negligent and wrongful behavior, which may indirectly lead to an accident. Some examples include negligent hiring practices (such as failure to conduct background checks on new drivers), poor or insufficient training, improper supervision, and failure to adequately discipline truck drivers who violate company policies and/or state or federal laws.
- Insufficient Maintenance or Repairs: Truck drivers, trucking companies, and other parties are responsible for conducting routine vehicle inspections and maintenance. Failure to do so, or failure to report maintenance issues requiring repairs, can have devastating or even deadly consequences. Additionally, improper or incomplete tractor or trailer repairs can also indirectly lead to a serious accident.
- Defects: Many truck accidents result from vehicle defects and defective roadways. Common truck defects include defective tractor or trailer design, defective truck tires, faulty engine components, braking system defects, missing reflective strips, and more. Roadway defects include issues such as poorly designed or constructed roads, blind curves, unsafe speed limits, and poor roadway maintenance leading to potholes and other hazards.
Our attorneys work with accident reconstructionists and other specialists to review all available evidence, including vehicle black box recorders, truck drivers’ cellphone records, and more. We evaluate this evidence to reconstruct what happened and how the defendant’s negligent or wrongful conduct led to the collision that caused our client’s injuries and resulting damages.
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After a major truck accident, you and your family are likely facing a wide range of physical, emotional, and financial challenges. At Fulmer Sill, we are here to help you fight for fair compensation for your medical bills, lost income, lost quality of life, pain, suffering, and other damages.
We offer a high-end client experience based on consistent communication, personal attention, and direct contact with your attorney throughout the legal process. By providing our legal services on a contingency fee basis, we are able to help our clients avoid upfront and out-of-pocket legal expenses. Instead, you only pay our attorneys’ fees and other litigation-related costs if we successfully recover compensation for you.
You can rely on our tenacious and hardworking team to fight tirelessly for every penny you are owed.