With their tremendous size and power, large trucks dominate the road and affect passenger cars on a daily basis. As we all know, there is a tremendous amount of truck traffic that passes through Oklahoma's roads, up and down I-35 and across I-40 to other roads and highways such as I-44, I-240 and the Turner, Kilpatrick, Creek, HE Bailey, Will Rogers, Cimarron and Muskogee Turnpikes. Large trucks are useful in their ability to haul large amounts of goods from one place to another. However, as Oklahoma victims of 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer truck accidents know, these result in a significant risk for severe injury or death for other drivers on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an 18-wheeler or trailer-truck accident, contact Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst Attorneys At Law to schedule a free, confidential consultation. Our lawyers fervently protect the rights of innocent victims who have been harmed by reckless truck drivers and negligent 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 semi-trucks even hit the road, the trucks and trailers are required to be carefully inspected and examined 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 truck to ensure complete functionality, or chooses to abandon rules for truck drivers, such as truck driver fatigue, speeding laws or over hour violations, then that driver has chosen negligence over safety, and he and the trucking company he works for should be held liable for the damages he 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.
Victims Of 18-Wheeler Or Tractor-Trailer Truck Accidents: Contact Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst
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, call us now for a free consult.