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Commercial vehicles or trucks are frequent sights along Oklahoma’s roads and highways. Those who drive them must follow strict delivery deadlines to satisfy client expectations. Because trucks are much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, a commercial vehicle accident can cause severe damage to property and injure and kill motorists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, one of these accidents recently took the life of a Monroe man.

In LeFlore County, the 64-year-old man was killed when his pickup truck was struck by a tractor-trailer. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the man was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 59 near Spiro when he began to slow so he could make a left turn into a private driveway. The driver of the tractor-trailer behind him attempted to pass at that moment and struck the driver’s side of the pickup. The pickup driver sustained massive injuries and died at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.

In this case, the OHP will investigate to determine if negligence on the part of the truck driver was a factor in the crash. Carelessness and failure to exercise due caution are often the cause of these accidents. If negligence was a contributing factor, then the truck driver could be held liable for the accident in civil court. If the OHP investigation shows that the truck driver was engaged in a criminal act such as driving while drinking or using a cellphone, then criminal charges could also be filed against him.

Any Oklahoman involved in a commercial vehicle accident should speak with a knowledgeable legal professional about obtaining compensation. Victims must prove a defendant’s negligence, however, which can be a quite complicated matter. If successful, though, a negligent party may be ordered to pay compensation to surviving family members to help offset financial losses such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Source: 5newsonline.com, “One dead after truck accident in LeFlore County,” Curt Lanning, July 4, 2014