Oklahoma has long been a crossroads for the trucking industry. Major trucking and transportation hubs exist throughout the state, with Tulsa and Oklahoma City serving as major thoroughfares in the region. You can hardly take a drive down I-44 or I-40 without seeing hundreds of large commercial trucks hauling goods across our state.
With this large volume of truck traffic, however, comes the added risk of major accidents. In recent years, Oklahoma has seen its fair share of serious semi-truck collisions, many of them fatal. At the office of DODD HENRY, we are devoted to making sure injury victims are compensated to the fullest extent possible under the law. Trucking accidents are very different from car accidents, and if you and your loved ones are trying to get compensated from a truck accident, there are some things you should know.
WAYS TRUCKING ACCIDENTS ARE DIFFERENT FROM CAR WRECKS
There are a few very basic but significant ways that car accidents and truck accidents are different.
Trucking Cases Almost Always Have Serious Injuries. It is rare to see a minor “fender bender” with a semi-truck. When an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer combination strikes a small passenger vehicle, the devastation can be unbelievable. That is the wight of a 2 bedroom 2 bath house traveling at road speed.
Evidence is Complex. While it’s true that modern vehicles are now equipped with many technological features that were not around just a few years ago, when it comes to big rigs, the technology is far more sophisticated. Many semis are equipped with integrated GPS technology, electronic crash recorders (black box), and even digital log monitoring, which tracks the driver’s every move.
Laws Are Complex. Unlike car accidents, trucking cases usually involve violations of state and federal regulations that are designed to protect the public. For instance, many trucking accidents happen because drivers violate the hours of service rules, or a maintenance log may be falsified.
Investigations Move Faster. When two regular citizens have a crash, they are on equal footing. When a multi-million dollar trucking company operation is involved, they often send investigators to the scene within hours of the crash to gather evidence. In many cases, they destroy or hide evidence to avoid liability.
HOW TO WIN A TRUCKING ACCIDENT CASE
Many people wonder the best way to win a trucking accident case. The short answer is you prove your case one piece at a time. At the office of DODD HENRY, we have decades of experience carefully and methodically building excellent cases for our clients. From your initial consultation to the trial, we are here to guide and help you through the process in order to make sure you are compensated.
If you or someone else in your family has been involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle and you are concerned about how you will get compensated, call the attorneys at the office of DODD HENRY today. We won’t charge you for the phone call. We won’t charge you a large upfront retainer fee. Instead, we will answer your questions and carefully listen to your story. We only take a fee if we succeed in getting compensation for your injuries, so call us today.
The key to a successful personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death claim after an auto or truck accident is in the thorough investigation of the accident, the identification of all liable parties, and the correct application of Oklahoma personal injury liability and insurance statutes. The attorneys at Dodd Henry strives to help families across Oklahoma walk through the process needed to prepare for trial. As experienced personal injury attorneys, Dodd Henry has prepared and presented complex litigation at all levels of the state and federal courts in pursuit of justice for our clients. Contact Us at Our Tulsa, Oklahoma City or Norman Oklahoma Offices today!
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