Tulsa Trucking Accident Lawyers Representing Plaintiffs in Oklahoma
The Barkett Law Firm in Tulsa represents clients in personal injury claims arising from trucking accidents on Oklahoma's roads and interstates. Whether a truck driver's negligent or reckless driving or defective or poorly maintained truck equipment caused your accident, our experienced attorneys can help you obtain maximum compensation for your damages.
Causes of truck crashes in Oklahoma
Thousands of semi-trucks, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles transport goods on Oklahoma's roads and highways every day. Some trucks are passing through on I-35 or I-40, and others are operated by local companies, making short runs from town to town, hauling livestock, farm equipment and other products inherent to our agriculture and oil industries. In rural areas, a truck driver's only option is often to use two-lane highways, which are dangerous even without the challenge of operating a huge vehicle and in urban areas like Tulsa, trucks must safely navigate the major truck arteries that cross the city.
In addition to a semi-truck's size and weight, and the unavoidable dangers of the road, many aspects of the commercial trucking industry may contribute to the frequency of truck accidents. For example, trucking companies often emphasize speed of delivery over safety, causing truck drivers to engage in risky driving behaviors to log miles and meet unreasonable deadlines. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truckers driving at unsafe speeds
- Driving while tired or drowsy
- Aggressive driving
- Driving a truck that has been overloaded
- Driving a truck that has not had proper maintenance
- Disregarding weather conditions
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
- Inexperienced or unqualified drivers
When truck accidents occur, the injuries sustained by the occupants of smaller vehicles are often severe, requiring extensive medical treatment and time off work. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience with cases involving serious medical conditions, such as head injuries and paralysis, and understand how to assess the full scope of injuries, so that our clients receive compensation for present and future damages.
Sometimes, trucking companies attempt to avoid liability for truck accidents by holding drivers out as vehicle owners. We have successfully pierced the corporate veil in these types of cases, holding truck companies accountable for the actions of their drivers. For example, we achieved a multimillion dollar settlement on behalf of a client who became a paraplegic after a truck accident that was caused by a driver who could not read English and attempted to do a u-turn across a four-lane highway.
Dedicated Tulsa legal team here to serve you
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident involving a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, please contact The Barkett Law Firm in Tulsa for a free initial consultation to discuss your options for recovery. We handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, which means if you owe no legal fees unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.