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  • By: Dan Loeliger, Esq.
  • Published: March 4, 2024
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Of all the accidents that happen every day on Oklahoma roads, none are so terrifying, dangerous, or deadly as those involving large trucks and other commercial vehicles. This article breaks down important facts every driver needs to know about trucking accidents and the personal injury claims needed to obtain financial compensation for the injuries they cause, including:

  • The main causes of trucking accidents in Oklahoma and the types of severe injuries they cause.
  • Who can be held liable and made to pay for the damages suffered in trucking accidents?
  • How much a trucking accident personal injury claim can be worth in Oklahoma.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Commercial Vehicle Or Trucking Accidents Across Oklahoma?

While every accident is unique, one factor tends to emerge again and again in trucking accidents across the state: inattention.

Truckers are in their trucks for so long and driving for so many hours that sometimes they are not paying as close attention as they should. All it takes is a single moment of distraction, such as looking down at a phone or even out at the scenery, and it is too late.

Between the fatigue and the monotony of their hours, inattention is almost inevitable, and the consequences are deadly.

What Severe Injuries Are Caused By Accidents With Semi-Trucks And Large Commercial Vehicles?

Any car accident can be deadly or cause long-lasting injuries, but truck accidents, in particular, are more prone to both. The sheer weight involved means that semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are hit with greater force, which is, in turn, transmitted to the body of the other drivers or passengers.

This can often result in deaths, but survivors are likely to have substantial injuries, including:

  • Broken bones,
  • Burns,
  • Spine injuries and paralysis,
  • Traumatic head injuries,
  • And more.

The medical costs associated with treating such injuries and long-term recovery (when possible) are considerable, meaning most people will not be able to afford them without substantial help. Fortunately, that is what the personal injury claim system is for.

Who Is Potentially Liable For My Serious Injuries After A Trucking Accident?

Given the intensity of crashes, the extent of injuries, and the need for someone to pay for them, it is vital to find out who bears legal responsibility for the accident. They are the ones you will need to file a personal injury claim against, with the help of your lawyer, to recover those costs.

Typically, this will be the trucking company and their insurance. They have extensive insurance policies for just this reason. Sometimes, they will try to argue the driver alone was responsible, but often the breakneck schedule and insufficient maintenance or upkeep are sufficiently responsible to allow you to claim against the company.

This is important given the amount of compensation you will usually need and be able to demand.

How Much Is My Oklahoma Trucking Accident Injury Case Worth?

Ultimately, the value of a trucking accident personal injury claim is calculated just the same as any other accident. However, given that that value is almost entirely dependent on your injuries and that those tend to be significantly more severe in truck accidents, the personal injury claim you can make tends to be higher.

The more severe the accident and injury, the more treatment will be required, and the higher your medical costs, time lost from work, and pain and suffering. All of which the person or company at fault is required to reimburse you for. Thus, the more permanent your disability is from that injury, the more compensation you are going to receive.

At least assuming you have a competent and experienced attorney on your side to ensure the insurance company pays you the full and fair compensation you deserve.

For more information on Trucking Accident Injury Claims In Oklahoma, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (405) 449-5777 today.

Attorney Dan Loeliger is an elite attorney based in Edmond, Oklahoma, focusing on personal injury law and estate planning. Believing the law should, first and foremost, serve and help those who need it, attorney Dan Loeliger aims to demystify complex estate planning concepts and personal injury procedures to keep readers like you informed and empowered.

Connect with Legal Advantage Group to gain valuable insights into navigating both personal injury and estate planning law in Oklahoma.

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