The roads of Oklahoma City are filled with commercial trucks like 18-wheelers, cargo vans, and buses. If you find yourself involved in an accident with one of these large vehicles, it can result in serious injury—and sometimes even death. Insurance companies want to pay you as little as possible for your injuries. An Oklahoma City truck accident attorney at the Parrish DeVaughn Law Firm knows the tricks and tactics and will fight to get you the true value of your accident claim. By having an Oklahoma City truck accident lawyer represent you after you’ve been hit by a big truck, you can be sure your rights are protected and your best interests are served.
Common Commercial Vehicles:
- 18-Wheelers (semi/tractor-trailer trucks)
- Box trucks
- Taxi cabs
- Large freight carriers
Did You Know…
The average weight of a semi truck is 80,000 lbs. The average weight of a standard car is 5,000 lbs. It’s not hard to see how these massive trucks can create so much damage. Even worse, the sheer number of truck accidents is on the rise across the nation—up a full 20% over the past 20 years. That’s a steady increase of 1% per year, every year, for the past two decades. Over 140,000 people are seriously injured or killed in truck accidents every single year.
Common injuries suffered in commercial vehicle accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries resulting in quadriplegia or paraplegia
- Severe injuries to the neck and back
- Amputation of a limb
- Extensive burns resulting from an explosion and/or vehicle fire
- Traumatic brain injury
- Permanent disfigurement and disabilities
Such injuries can severely limit your ability to lead a normal life and may require extensive rehabilitation and medical treatment.
Don’t delay seeking legal assistance! There are strict time limits on filing a claim for compensation after a commercial vehicle accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration allows companies to destroy all of their trucking records after 6 months. That means that information relevant to your case could be gone forever if you wait too long to file a claim. A personal injury lawyer with experience in 18-wheeler accidents, construction truck accidents, and cargo van accidents knows that they must act quickly to ensure that all the documentation regarding your case is obtained.
Causes of Truck Accidents
There are a whole range of potential causes from truck accidents, and this can further complicate your efforts to get compensated for the injuries you’ve suffered. Of course, the driver often bears some blame for the accident. If they are inexperienced, this can lead to them making a bad decision. Distracted driving from eating, using a mobile device, or fiddling with a radio is a major problem. Exhaustion is also common among truckers—and there’s also the dreaded DUI accidents.
However, did you know that the trucking company is also responsible for the conduct of any driver in a truck bearing their name, either on the vehicle itself, or on its operations placard? Many companies will try to avoid blame because truckers are independent contractors, but the law says that they are responsible.
What about other parties, though? If the brakes go bad because they’re faulty, the brake manufacturer might be accountable. If it’s poor maintenance, the maintenance crew could be responsible. If the cargo shifts because it was badly loaded, the cargo or loading company could be at fault.
Playing the Blame Game
It gets even worse when you try to file your claim. All of those who may hold responsibility will go out of their way to shift blame. They’ll blame each other, and they might even blame you. They’ll claim that you’re not injured as badly as you say, that your injuries were “pre-existing,” or that you’re not even hurt. They may even say that the accident was your fault.
They’ll do anything they can to punch holes in your story, and to get out of paying. Their tactics can seem threatening, scary, confusing, and bullying. You need someone who can cut through the strong-arm and protect your rights as the victim. You need a truck accident attorney who can fight for you, and that can get you the compensation you deserve for the injuries you’ve suffered.
The Parrish DeVaughn law firm has years of experience fighting insurance companies and getting our clients the best chance at collecting on their injuries, and we’re ready to stand up for your rights as well.
Do You Need an Experienced Oklahoma City Truck Accident Attorney?
Following a truck or commercial vehicle wreck, most victims are unaware of their rights. During a free consultation, we can evaluate your case and discuss the probability for your compensation. There’s never an attorney’s fee unless we win your case. Contact us today and let an experienced Oklahoma City truck accident attorney help you get back on the road to recovery.