Truck accidents involve issues that are not present in other types of motor vehicle accident cases. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, you need an attorney who understands both the law and the trucking industry.
At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, we offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss your accident case. Our lawyers fervently protect the rights of people throughout Oklahoma who have been harmed by the negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies. Call at 800-539-0652 to talk to one of our attorneys.
Truck Accident Investigations
Trucking companies often have investigators at the scene of the accident gathering information and reconstructing the truck accident. This is not being done for your benefit. These trucking accident investigators are working for the trucking companies' insurance companies trying to limit their exposure. Hiring your own Oklahoma trucking accident attorney quickly can nullify the advantage gained by the trucking companies.
Like all motor vehicles, 18-wheeler trucks and tractor-trailer trucks are sophisticated pieces of machinery that require regular inspection and maintenance in order to function properly, safely and in compliance with law. Before semitrucks even hit the road, the trucks and trailers are required to be carefully inspected to ensure proper functionality of all aspects of the vehicle and to ensure that the truck is not a safety risk to other drivers.
The Truck Driver's Responsibility
Truck drivers have a responsibility to be cautious and diligent drivers, always obeying the rules of the road so as to prevent accidents and injury. Thus, if a driver drives recklessly, chooses not to regularly inspect his/her truck to ensure complete functionality, drives too long without taking a required rest break, speeds or violates other safety rules, then he/she and the trucking company he/she works for should be held liable for the damages he/she causes.
The Trucking Company's Responsibility
Trucking companies can be held responsible for the dangers that their trucks bring to the road. If a trucking company fails to inspect its truck and sends that truck out on the road knowing the safety risk to other motorists, then that trucking company should be held accountable for the injuries that truck causes. Oklahoma recognizes a separate cause of action for negligent hiring, entrustment, and supervision against a trucking company for permitting an unqualified, inadequately trained, and/or unsafe driver on the roads. In these cases, it also possible to prove that the trucking company itself acted recklessly by permitting a dangerous driver to operate an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer and cause accidents, thereby putting the general public at risk. In cases where negligent hiring claims are proven, trucking companies can also be subjected to punitive damages for willful or reckless conduct. Punitive damages are designed to punish a negligent trucking company and hopefully deter the trucking company from taking such action in the future, thereby increasing safety.
For More Information About Truck Accidents
The attorneys at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst focus their practice on aggressively representing the victims of 18-wheeler and tractor-trailer truck accidents throughout Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa and statewide. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a trucking driver's or trucking company's negligence, contact us now for a free consultation.