Oklahoma Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorneys
Hurt in a Wreck Involving a Commercial Vehicle?
If you've been involved in a vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer, delivery van or cargo truck that is owned by a local or national business, you should speak with Car Accident Help today. Commercial vehicle accident cases in the state of Oklahoma are incredibly intricate and businesses involved will do everything in their power to protect their interests – even if that means leaving you to suffer with your injuries. We know the complexity of these types of cases and the underhanded measures that trucking companies, businesses and insurance adjustors will take to ensure you don't see a fair settlement.
Whether you were operating your own car, driving a motorcycle, riding a bike or simply walking to work - injuries sustained by commercial vehicle accidents can be quite severe. Don't let those responsible for your pain talk you into anything less than you deserve. Call (405) 285-4357 or email Car Accident Help to get the facts and learn about your legal rights today. We offer free case evaluations and won't collect a dime till you are suitably compensated.
Who Is Responsible for an Accident in Oklahoma?
Federal and state regulatory commissions, along with a good number of private organizations, work to ensure that businesses owners who employ commercial trucking or shipping are held to the highest standards on the road. However, many times this simply is not enough to prevent tragedy from occurring. Accidents can and do happen on a daily basis - but when such wrecks occur because a business, company or employee has blatantly violated the safety codes set down for them - there is simply no excuse.
The question then becomes, who's at fault? Who was the negligent party at work and was there more than one culpable entity? In order to bring a successful suit to court, it is critical to determine where in the chain of command poor judgment and disregard played a role. The following are just some of the potential issues we have seen over the years:
- Faulty Mechanics & Defective Production - When a truck, van or tractor trailer becomes uncontrollable due to a mechanical issue or defective safety component, the responsibility could fall on the manufacturer of the machine or the mechanics responsible for its proper maintenance. In whatever way the problems manifest themselves, whether it is a tire blow out, faulty brakes, steering malfunction or electrical shorts in key components, the onus may fall on those charged with the mechanical design or upkeep of the vehicle.
- Human Error - If there is any one thing that leads to accidents on the road, commercial or otherwise, it is poor decision making and reckless behavior. Commercial drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, have not slept the federally mandated amount of time to safely operate a vehicle or simply do not have the aptitude to operate a larger vehicle pose a viable threat to drivers on the road. Additionally, trucking companies and shipping agencies have been known to push inexperienced and exhausted drivers well beyond their abilities in an attempt to cut cost.
- Dangerous Roadways - In many instances throughout Oklahoma, drivers must contend with poorly maintained roads and lack of proper signage. When a commercial driver piloting a large vehicle encounters some of these obstacles at moderate to high speeds, the results can be serious. Local municipalities and regional transportation departments have a duty to provide safe passage on local, state and interstate roads. Failure to do so can make the county or state liable for any accidents that occur.
I've Been in a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Oklahoma - What Should I Do?
Depending on the severity of the wreck, a trip to the hospital or emergency room may be a foregone conclusion. However, even if the accident appears to be a relatively minor affair you should seek out a medical professional as soon as possible. Not only will this catch any possible injuries that were not immediately recognizable, but the information gained will be useful in the eventual settlement.
Above all - do not speak with any insurance adjustors, company representatives or any entity that has a stake in your potential claim against the at-fault business. Their job is to minimize the client's financial responsibility, while maximizing their profit margin. It is vital you speak with an experienced Oklahoma truck accident attorney before any insurance company has a chance to - failure to do so will put your settlement in jeopardy.
Get Help Today
Car Accident Help is well-versed in the shady practices that insurance adjustors and their ilk will use in an attempt to low ball your settlement. We won't let them get away with it. Call Car Accident Help at (405) 285-4357 today to receive a free and confidential case evaluation concerning your accident.
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