Oklahoma Truck Accident Lawyer

An accident involving a commercial vehicle, semi-truck, or big rig can be devastating. Crashes of this nature often lead to permanently incapacitating injury or death. If you or a loved one recently sustained a serious injury after an accident with a truck, you have legal options. Learn how Oklahoma law provides recourse for victims of trucking accidents – and when to contact a Oklahoma accident attorney. Trucking accidents require an experienced hand. If you or a loved one is struggling under the weight of medical bills and ongoing therapy costs, you don’t have to face it alone call the truck accident lawyers at Bryan & Terrill today for more information and let us help you fight for compensation.

Truck Accident Resources

Considerations for Trucking Accidents

An accident involving a commercial vehicle is often more complicated that a regular traffic accident. There are many more parties involved, from the driver of the truck, to their employer, and even the truck’s manufacturer. Understanding the relationships between these parties is essential to filing a personal injury claim and making the most of your case.

Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?

Any number of people may be responsible for a victim’s suffering that results from trucking accidents including:

These cases can quickly become complicated. Determining the party responsible will be essential to your case, as bringing a suit against the wrong party could result in dismissal. After discussing your crash and injuries in a free consultation, our truck accident lawyers will immediately begin investigating possible negligent parties. Contact Bryan & Terrill Law today for help!

Difficulties in Truck Accident Claims and Lawsuits

Truck accident claims are more complicated than most people realize- and trucking companies will fight back. Depending on the location, some companies will immediately send out their legal representative or an accident reconstruction expert to the crash scene to begin gathering evidence in their favor.  It’s imperative all individuals involved in the crash only speak with their attorney or the on-scene police.

Truck accidents are fairly common and companies are ready to defend their name and driver. Some common legal problems that arise in these claims include:

Laws Governing Accidents with Commercial Vehicles

Truck accidents are a matter of federal law. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets certain standard for truckers, the companies who employ them, and owner/operators to meet. These standards often determine who is liable for a truck accident.

For example, one of the leading causes of truck accidents is driver error. Drivers must take periodic breaks, get a certain amount of sleep each night, and keep accurate logs. Failure to do any of these things can increase the chances of being in an accident.

Some specific federal regulations that may prove negligence in an accident/ personal injury lawsuit include: 

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

  1. Driver error
  2. Poor vehicle maintenance
  3. Equipment failure
  4. Excessive speeding
  5. Non-compliance with state or federal truck regulations
  6. Changing lanes abruptly

How Common are Oklahoma Truck Accidents?

The number of truck accidents is rising steadily across the nation. In the past two decades, there has been a 20% uptick in accidents involving commercial vehicles. Even though commercial vehicles are only responsible for a small minority of accidents (around 3%), the effects of these crashes are often devastating.

In Oklahoma, there are well over 5,000 accidents involving large trucks each year. Between 2007 and 2016 (the most current data as of Feb. 2018), 13,790 Oklahomans were injured and 890 fatalities.

Large Truck Accidents by Month

Large Truck Crashes by Day

Large Truck Wrecks by Time of Day

Time (a.m.)CrashesTime (p.m.)Crashes
00:00 - 00:593913:00 - 13:59360

1:00 - 1:596214:00 - 14:59410
2:00 - 2:597015:00 - 15:49
3:00 - 3:595516:00 - 16:59
4:00 - 4:596817:00 - 17:59265
5:00 - 5:598418:00 - 18:59216
6:00 - 6:5916719:00 - 19:59164
7:00 - 7:5928320:00 - 20:5999
8:00 - 8:5934921:00 - 21:59109
9:00 - 9:5930522:00 - 22:5987
10:00 - 10:5931723:00 - 23:5969
11:00 - 11:59336Unkown24
12:00 - 12: 59369Total (2016)5051

All data provided by Oklahoma’s Highway Safety Office and our Visual Crash Fatality Dashboard 

Finding a Trucking Accident Attorney

A personal injury lawsuit can help you be compensated for all damages associated with your accident. Let the truck accident attorneys at Bryan & Terrill Law provide you with advice in a free initial consultation. We offer our services on a contingency-fee basis, which means if we don’t recover damages on your behalf, we won’t charge a fee. To learn more about our trucking accident legal services, meet with us in a free, non-committal consultation.