Approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States from which approximately 5,000 result in fatalities. In fact, one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision. Statistically, semitrucks are the most dangerous vehicles on the highways and roads today. As the number of commercial trucks increase, more and more drivers are at risk. Approximately every 16 minutes a person is killed or injured in a truck accident.
The lawyers at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst Attorneys At Law, serving Oklahoma City, Tulsa and other Oklahoma areas, urge you to contact our office if you or a loved one has been harmed in a trucking accident. We will review your claim and answer your questions about taking legal action.
Trucking Industry Regulations
As a result of the extreme dangers these massive vehicles pose to the public, the trucking industry is highly regulated. All trucking companies are required to strictly comply with the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These agencies are designed to increase public safety on the roads and decrease fatalities and injuries as a result of trucking accidents by ensuring that trucking companies and their drivers operate properly and follow the law. Oklahoma adopts these laws and regulates trucking through the Department of Transportation.
Trucking laws require a trucking company to comply with specific truck driver, vehicle and company regulations, including:
- Drug and alcohol testing and monitoring
- Driver qualification
- Commercial driver’s license compliance
- Hours of service
- Driver logbooks
- Motor vehicle safety standards
State and federal regulations for trucking companies include:
- Size and weight restrictions
- Driver training
- Qualification and monitoring
- Preservation of records
- Accident investigation and reporting and inspection
- Repair and maintenance of the fleet
To learn more about the state and federal regulations that truck companies are held to, contact the accident attorneys at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, serving all Oklahoma areas, including Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Holding Careless Trucking Companies Responsible
Trucking companies that fail to follow state and federal laws should be held accountable when these failures cause severe injury or death to Oklahomans. Our laws are set up to compensate the victims and survivors of trucking accidents. However, trucking accident injury and wrongful death cases are complex cases that require skilled legal representation in order to win. Trucking companies often have in-house counsel and defense counsel who specialize in these cases, mitigating liability and damages. They have unlimited resources, years of experience, a wealth of windup experts and often have huge insurance policies to fund their defenses.
Contact Our Truck Accident Attorneys
If you are injured in a truck accident, you need lawyers who will stand up to the trucking companies and their powerful insurance and corporate allies and fight for you. The experienced attorneys at Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst focus their practice on helping Oklahomans who have been severely injured or killed as a result of a truck driver or trucking company’s negligence. We have access to a network of the nation’s best and most successful trucking experts. Our experience means that you will benefit from a level of advocacy that few other law firms can provide.