Oklahoma Highway Safety Office data indicate that nearly 9,000 crashes occur on interstate highways in the state each year. These Oklahoma car accidents can cause severe harm. They often involve high speeds and multiple vehicles, including out-of-state drivers.
If you have been injured in an interstate car accident on one of the major routes that run through Oklahoma City, including the loops in major metropolitan areas such as Oklahoma City, you should get experienced legal help right away.
The lawyers of Burch, George & Germany, P.C., can assist you with the unique issues that often arise in these crashes. To learn more and receive a free case review, contact us today.
Where Do Oklahoma Interstate Accidents Occur?
Crashes can occur on any of the major interstates in Oklahoma, including:
- Interstate 35 – This major national artery runs north-south through the middle of the state, including Oklahoma City.
- Interstate 40 – This national east-west route links the Atlantic to the Pacific and goes for 331 miles through the heart of Oklahoma.
- Interstate 44 – The majority of this route in Oklahoma is an east-west highway. It is a toll road except for its first five miles and sections in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
- Interstate 235 – The I-235 connector links I-35 and I-40 in downtown Oklahoma City to I-44 north of downtown.
- Interstate 240 – The I-240 connector runs from I-44 near Will Rogers World Airport in southwest Oklahoma City to I-40 in far southeast Oklahoma City.
- Interstate 244 – I-244 runs between two sections of I-44 and feeds traffic into downtown Tulsa.
- Interstate 444 – Sometimes called the “hidden interstate,” I-244 comprises the Inner Dispersal Loop between two segments of I-244 in downtown Tulsa.
What causes Oklahoma Interstate Car Accidents?
The primary cause of crashes on Oklahoma interstate highways is speeding. Reckless drivers go above the posted speed limit – even when it is as high as 75 mph in some rural stretches. They also refuse to slow down when ice, snow, rain or fog makes traveling dangerous.
It is important to work with a lawyer who knows how to determine the role that another driver’s speeding played in your crash and who has the resources to thoroughly investigate it.
Police reports, photos and eyewitness statements can certainly serve as evidence. Event data recorders, or “black boxes,” can also reveal crucial information. Accident reconstruction experts can help to analyze this evidence.
The lawyer should also know how to handle other challenging issues that tend to arise in these crashes, including:
- Multiple vehicles – More than one vehicle may have caused or contributed to the crash, or you may be involved in what is called a “pileup” or “chain reaction” crash. This requires filing multiple actions and dealing with numerous insurance companies.
- Out-of-state drivers – Also, the drivers may come from another state. For instance, the at-fault party may be a commercial truck driver from Texas who was working for a truck carrier based in California. These parties will need to be tracked down.
- Catastrophic injuries – High-speed crashes on interstates can lead to severe injuries that include traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), fractures and whiplash. Medical experts can assess the long-term costs of treating these injuries.
Our interstate accident lawyers can help road accident on interstate victims
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident on an interstate highway in Oklahoma, contact a Burch, George & Germany, P.C., lawyer without delay.
We can help you to work through the complex issues involved in these crashes and aggressively pursue compensation for you and your family. Our consultations are always free. Call or contact us online today to get started.
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