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Oklahoma Truck Accident Attorney Frequently Asked Questions
Why are truck accidents so much worse than car crashes?

It is the size and weight of a large commercial truck that makes an accident involving a truck so deadly. A truck filled with cargo can weigh up to 80,000 pounds or more. When a vehicle that large runs at 55 mph or faster and slams into a passenger vehicle, the destruction can be horrendous.

If a large truck collides with a passenger car or truck, the passenger vehicle’s occupants are far more likely to be hurt. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 80 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks are multiple-vehicle crashes, compared with 58 percent for passenger vehicles.

In a non-fatal truck accident, drivers and riders in passenger vehicles are likely to suffer injuries like head and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), neck and spinal cord injuries or broken bones. In addition to personal injuries, truck crashes cause terrible property damage, including environmental damage when truck accidents cause hazardous chemical spills.

You can learn more by going to our Truck Accidents in Oklahoma infographic or by checking out the NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts –Large Trucks.

I’ve been told I need an attorney because of the truck accident I was in, but why?

Personal injury lawyers, like ours at Burch, George & Germany, P.C., protect the rights of people who have been injured or lost loved ones in accidents that were not their fault. If you have been injured in a truck accident or a family member of yours has died, you may be eligible for compensation for the losses you have suffered. But you likely need an experienced truck accident lawyer to get what you deserve.

Often, the company that put a commercial truck on the road is a regional or national trucking company. These companies, also known as “carriers,” have a financial interest in making sure your truck accident does not cost them much money or draw too much attention from federal regulators. They have teams of lawyers, and their insurers have adjustors who are trained to settle matters quickly and inexpensively.

You may have already heard from the trucker’s insurance company and received an initial settlement offer. If you refused it – and, generally speaking, you should refuse it – you can bet their lawyers are going to work to minimize or deflect any blame for the wreck from their trucker or trucking company.

A personal injury attorney experienced with large truck accidents in Oklahoma can equip you with the same legal firepower that the trucker and trucking company is using against you.

To learn more our background and experience, please see the Our Firm page.

Can I make sure the trucking company that hired the driver is held responsible for this accident?

In some cases, yes, the carrier that hires a truck driver can be held responsible for a truck accident. This usually requires an independent investigation of the accident by someone or some firm looking out for your interests. That’s not the police or even your insurance company, though.

Just as holding the truck driver liable for your accident, determining whether the carrier has responsibility for your crash will require a thorough investigation of your accident by someone like a Burch, George & Germany, P.C., truck accident lawyer.

Trucking companies are responsible for the trucks and the truck drivers they put on the road. For example, a carrier may be held responsible for a truck accident if maintenance issues caused the wreck. The trucking company would also be liable if it hired a driver who had had been charged with traffic violations or breaking FMCSA rules in the past and it was shown that the driver’s negligence caused your accident. Carriers have also been held liable for pushing their drivers to stay on the road too long in order to meet delivery deadlines.

But, again, it is crucial to begin work as soon as possible so that evidence is not lost or obscured.

What are some of the likely causes of a commercial truck accident?

Truck accidents can be caused by negligence on the part of the truck driver, the company that hired the driver, or other “third party” people or organizations connected to your crash.

An important study of truck accidents, known as the “The Large Truck Crash Causation Study,” cited numerous factors commonly found in 141,000 commercial truck accidents. They ranged from brake failure to drug use and distracted driving:

  • Brake problems
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with the roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance (failed to look)
  • Driver fatigue
  • Felt under work pressure from carrier
  • Made illegal maneuver
  • Inattention
  • External distraction
  • Tire problems
  • Following too close
  • Jackknife
  • Cargo shift
  • Illness
  • Internal distraction
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol.

Notice that some of these are problems caused by the truck driver’s negligence, such as speeding, drug use, fatigued driving and distracted driving. Some are problems of truck maintenance or faulty equipment, including brake and tire problems and cargo shifts. Work pressure from the trucker’s employer is cited, as is yet another factor in accidents – roadway problems. After a proper investigation, any of several people or organizations, including the local government or a contractor responsible for road conditions, might be held liable for your truck accident.

To learn more, see our page on Types of Truck Accidents.

What does it cost to hire a lawyer to help me after a truck accident?

A truck accident lawyer from Burch, George & Germany, P.C., can assess your truck accident case and the legal options open to you for no charge whatsoever.

If you already have a settlement offer from an insurance company, please bring it to your free initial consultation. We will have an experienced truck accident attorney thoroughly review it. If we believe we cannot help you obtain a better settlement, we will tell you so. If we think we can do better for you, we will explain why and how we plan to do so.

If we move forward together after the initial consultation, we’ll do so on a contingency fee basis. This means you won’t pay us until we obtain a negotiated settlement or a court award for you. Then, our fee will be a percentage of the settlement or award – nothing out of your pocket.

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Truck drivers cause thousands of accidents every year across the United States and in Oklahoma. The resulting injuries and damage can be extensive when 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks collide with smaller vehicles, such as cars, pickups and motorcycles. Pedestrians and bicyclists usually fare even worse. Occupants of other large trucks can also be hurt or killed when another trucker causes a collision.

There are many dangers involved with trucking. Large trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times as much as passenger vehicles. Due to their weight and size, tractor-trailers and other large trucks are more difficult to steer, more likely to tip over or jackknife, and have much longer stopping distances than normal passenger vehicles.

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Federal rules for truck drivers to avoid a commercial truck accident.

These factors require truck drivers to be particularly cautious to prevent accidents. When they fall short and a crash results, a truck’s size and weight can make crash injuries far more severe, especially when a smaller vehicle is involved. Federal rules require that commercial tractor trailers traveling at 60 miles per hour must come to a complete stop in 250 feet, nearly the length of a football field. Across the nation, 97% of the people killed in two-vehicle accidents involving a passenger vehicle and a big rig were occupants of the passenger vehicle, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Fatalities in tractor trailer accidents in Oklahoma have increased from 94 in 2009 to 112 in 2013. The counties that include Oklahoma City and Tulsa have by far the highest number of truck accident injuries and fatalities in 2013, accounting for a third of the state’s total. Large truck accidents occur most frequently on city streets, interstate highways and rural highways in Oklahoma, with the majority of truck wrecks happening on weekdays. A total of 230 people sustained incapacitating injuries and more than 650 people suffered other injuries in large truck accidents in Oklahoma in 2013.

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Got involved in a commercial truck accident? Entrust your case to Burch, George & Germany, P.C.

With such severe injuries, a lot is at stake in a truck accident lawsuit. Crashes involving trucks are often more complex than other types of traffic accidents. That’s why you need an experienced commercial truck accident lawyer to stand up for your rights.

Through honest and ethical practices and years of hard work on behalf of injured people, the Oklahoma truck accident attorneys at Burch, George & Germany, P.C., have earned the respect of our peers and the community we serve. This is evidenced by the fact that about two-thirds of our cases are referred to us from other reputable law firms that trust us to treat their clients with respect, compassion and personalized attention.

They know that the truck crash lawyers at Burch, George & Germany, P.C., are committed to doing everything it takes to succeed, regardless of the defendant’s size, power or financial strength. Our Oklahoma City law firm has the experience and resources to take on the largest trucking companies and insurers – and win.

Isn’t it time to find out how we can put our resources to work for you? Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

Got injured in a truck crash? If you are filing a truck accident lawsuit, let our truck wreck lawyer handle the details.

Hire an Oklahoma Truck Accident Attorney from Burch, George & Germany to handle your complex case.

There are many types of truck accidents. Many factors can lead to these accidents, including tailgating, speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs resulting to drinking and driving accidents, distracted driving and other dangerous behaviors. One of the major causes of truck accidents is driver fatigue and lack of sleep. Truckers face tremendous pressure from trucking companies and shippers to make deliveries on time. Because they are usually paid by the mile, truck drivers also have a major financial incentive to go as far as possible in the shortest amount of time.

Under federal hours of service rules, truck drivers are allowed to stay behind the wheel only a certain number of hours without taking mandatory breaks and rest periods. Drivers are required to keep logs that detail how long they stayed on the road and how far they drove. Some truckers falsify logs, often with unspoken approval – or even encouragement – from their employers. Evidence such as this could play a role in determining fault in a truck accident lawsuit.

Many commercial trucks are equipped with a “black box” – similar to those used in the airline industry. These devices record important information about how fast a truck was traveling at the time of the accident, whether the truck’s brakes were applied, how long the truck had been traveling without interruption and other important details that could be used to establish liability.

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, it’s important to contact an experienced truck accident attorney who has the ability to:

  • Understand the types of information needed to prevail in a truck accident case, such as details contained in the black box or logs.
  • Identify all potential defendants (many truckers haul cargo for various companies who could share responsibility).
  • Analyze insurance policies and uncover all available sources of coverage.
  • Negotiate with insurance companies while also preparing for trial if necessary.
  • Work with accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, engineers and other expert witnesses on your behalf.

Don’t let an accident with a tractor-trailer or other big truck negatively affect your life any more than is necessary. Contact an experienced Oklahoma truck wreck lawyer to make sure you receive all of the compensation you deserve, such as lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering and long-term medical or disability issues that you may have to deal with in the future. If you or a loved is a victim of a truck-related hit and run accident, don’t hesitate to contact our hit and run lawyer to seek for legal assistance.

Contact our Oklahoma truck accident attorney at Burch, George & Germany, P.C.

At Burch, George & Germany, P.C., we have successfully represented many victims of serious truck accidents. How can we help with your Oklahoma trucking accident or injury case? Contact us today for a free consultation. You may also contact us if you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident. We will explain how Oklahoma motorcycle laws work.

Let’s get started. Call us toll free today at 405-239-7711.

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