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Five Dead in Oklahoma City Truck Crash

By Car Accident Help on August 14, 2012

Five people were killed in an Oklahoma City auto accident involving a collision between a car and a semi truck. According to The Associated Press, the fatal truck accident occurred at Interstate 235 and I-35 near the junction with I-40 in Oklahoma City. Officials say the five fatally injured victims were in a Chevrolet Camaro that veered out of control and went under a truck’s trailer. The roof was sheared off, the vehicle spun out of control, and the car caught fire. Officials are still investigating the cause of this fatal crash.

Underride crashes are some of the most devastating Oklahoma truck accidents. This type of accident occurs when a car crashes into the back or side of a trailer and goes underneath the trailer. These crashes are often devastating because the height of cars makes them vulnerable to going completely or partially under the trailer resulting in the roof of the vehicle being sheared off. Victims involved in this type of collision have been known to suffer devastating and frequently fatal injuries.

There are federal regulations in place that require semi trailers to have an underride guard installed on the back of their vehicle. Ideally, this guard will prevent smaller vehicles from going underneath the back of the trailer. Unfortunately, these guards are rarely strong enough to even stop vehicles travelling at relatively slow speeds.

There are questions that must be asked following an underride tractor trailer accident. What caused the car to go under the trailer? Did the trailer have the legally mandated underride guard? Did the side of the trailer have the required number of reflectors and lights? Was driver negligence a contributing factor in the crash?

The experienced Oklahoma City fatal big rig accident lawyers at Maples Law Firm have a proven track record of helping families get fair compensation following a truck accident. We offer free consultations to victims and their families at (888) 226-6159.

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