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Oklahomans are used to seeing large commercial trucks on the state’s streets and highways. In general, traveling near or around a big rig is relatively safe because the operators of these vehicles have undergone extensive training and must follow not only company polices, but also federal guidelines to ensure they present minimal hazards to themselves and others on the road. Still, given the size of these vehicles, any road accident involving these them can injure or kill other motorists and their passengers.

A good case in point is a recent Oklahoma City accident that killed one man under a railroad bridge. According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, the pickup driver, 49, died when a container slid off a truck bed and onto his pickup truck. The accident happened under the Northwest 23rd Street bridge when the driver of a military truck tried to pass under the train bridge with a load that was too high to clear the 13-foot, 9-inch vertical distance between the roadway and the bridge. According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the vertical clearance is posted, but given other incidents involving the bridge, authorities plan to add more signs to prevent more accidents. The container that was knocked from the truck contained gym equipment and weights.

Investigators from the Oklahoma Army National Guard are working with local police to determine the exact cause of the fatal mishap. The driver’s blood alcohol was being checked, a routine procedure following an accident. OKC police have not yet said whether charges will be filed.

Like victims of other motor vehicle accidents, those who are injured in truck accidents can receive compensation if negligence is shown to have contributed to a crash. If someone is killed, surviving family members also may be able to receive compensation for their losses. Recoverable compensation may not bring a loved one back or make one truly whole again, but it can go a long way toward providing financial stability and closure.

Source: KOCO, “Investigation into fatal crash at railroad bridge continues,” Brian Shlonsky, Aug. 1, 2014