Truck Accident FAQs
Truck accidents are terribly violent events, and the consequences can be devastating and expensive. Major injuries are an all-too-common consequence of crashes such as these, and the property damage, loss of income and emotional trauma that go along with those injuries may ultimately decimate a family’s financial security. That’s why working with an experienced Oklahoma City truck accident attorney is a wise thing to do: the last thing you want is to represent yourself in court and fail to recover what you deserve.
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Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst has been fighting on behalf of injured clients in Oklahoma for many years, and we often receive a few common questions, including the following.
What Should I Do If I Am In A Truck Accident?
The first thing is to seek medical help and stabilize any major injuries. If you are able, however, it is also important to document the scene in full detail, including the condition of the road, the position of the vehicles, the personal information of all drivers and passengers, and any info pertaining to eyewitness accounts. Most importantly, take photographs as described above. What you should not do is refuse medical care or provide any assurances that you are not injured to insurance adjusters, as such statements may later hinder your efforts at recovering a fair settlement.
What Kind Of Settlement Or Reward Can I Expect?
This depends on the nature and severity of the crash. Minor injuries may be more difficult to collect upon than catastrophic injuries, but the legal questions are similar: who was at fault, what expenses are associated with your recovery, will you lose income as a result, and was there gross negligence or pain and suffering that deserve legal consideration as well? An attorney can answer these questions carefully and prepare aggressively for a court battle to ensure you get a substantial sum.
How Many People Are Hurt In Truck Accidents?
In an average year, there are approximately 4,229 fatalities in the United States involving commercial trucks or semitrucks. There are more than 70,000 injuries from truck accidents, many of which were life-changing, permanent injuries such as brain injury, spine injury, paralysis and coma.
The statistics in Oklahoma are also eye-opening. In an average year, there are approximately 2,000 accidents involving large trucks or 18-wheelers. Of these crashes, approximately 115 deaths occurred and over 1,300 individuals were injured as a result of truck accidents. Additionally, more than 800 large trucks were involved in tow-away crashes.
Statistics from the recent years also show that truck accidents are more likely to occur in rural areas (68%) than in urban regions (32%). 78% of all fatal truck accidents occur on the weekends.
Truck driver fatigue has been found to be the most common cause of trucking accidents in which the truck driver is at fault. In fact, statistics show that over 30% of all truck accidents caused due to truckers driving not getting the required amount of sleep. Unfortunately, driver fatigue is often the result of stringent driver mile or trip requirements by large trucking companies focused on increasing driver miles and, in turn, profits at the expense of the safety and well-being of the general public.
How Long Do I Have To Pursue A Lawsuit After A Truck Accident?
It is best to discuss your options with an attorney sooner rather than later. However, in Oklahoma, you have two years until you hit the statute of limitations.
Should I Give Medical Information To The Trucking Company’s Insurer?
While you can, it is best not to before you consult with a lawyer. If you give them too much information, they can use it against you and will often offer a lower settlement. Avoid doing this if you haven’t already.
Should I Accept The Settlement Offer?
No, not until you talk with someone at our firm. Insurance companies often want to close a claim as fast as possible and will offer much less than you deserve. Depending on your case, you may be entitled to much more.
How Are Truck Accidents Different From Car Accidents?
Due to the sheer size difference between a car and a truck, the injuries can be much more severe. From broken bones to spinal cord injuries, your suffering could last a lifetime. Furthermore, the driver, the company they work for and their insurance company can all be held liable.
How Is Fault Determined In A Truck Accident?
There are a number of things to look at. We will do everything we can to prove negligence. We do this by proving the driver was overtired, overworked or undertrained. Weather conditions or road conditions can also be a factor.
How Long Does A Truck Accident Lawsuit Take?
Our goal is to get you the maximum compensation in the shortest amount of time. That being said, depending on your claim, you might have to be patient. We will always keep you up to date and strive to get things accomplished as quickly as possible.
What Are The Most Common Truck Accident Injuries?
Common examples include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Bone fractures
How Much Does It Cost To Work With A Good Attorney?
This is the good news. When you retain the attorneys of Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, you never have to pay any fee unless we obtain you money via either settlement or trial. Our firm works on a contingency basis, meaning the only payment we receive comes out of the settlement or trial judgment itself, so essentially the responsible party pays us instead of you.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Truck Accidents?
A trucking accident can occur for a variety of reasons. However, the most common causes of truck accidents involve one or more of the following issues:
- Unqualified truck drivers
- Poorly trained truck drivers
- Driver fatigue
- Prescription drug use
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Brake failure or other mechanical failure
- Failure to yield to the right of way
- Inspection failure
- Repair and maintenance failure
- Overloaded trucks and trailers
- Inattention or carelessness
- Improperly loaded trailers or loads
- Tires not inspected or faulty
- Inadequate surveillance
- Illegal turns or safety violations
- Driving inattentively
- Merging improperly into traffic
- Failure to stop at a stop sign or red light
- Failure to slow down in a construction zone
- Following too closely
- Failure to slow down in inclement weather
- Changing lanes abruptly
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If you are seeking effective legal help on a truck accident suit and do not want to fight endlessly with your insurance carrier, we can help. Please contact the lawyers of Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst Attorneys At Law today for a free consultation on the merits of your case at 800-539-0652.