Compensation for Victims of 18-Wheeler Crashes
In addition to recovery from potentially catastrophic injuries, the aftermath of a truck accident often brings financial difficulties stemming from costly medical bills and time missed from work.
At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, our attorneys will go above and beyond to provide the best possible assistance to help you move forward and get the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us at 580-765-9660 or online to speak with one of our experienced Ponca City truck accident lawyers.
Oklahoma Lawyers Helping Trucking Injury Victims
Accidents involving commercial vehicles such as semitrucks almost always result in catastrophic injuries, due to their large size. We represent clients who have suffered:
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Internal damage to organs
- Broken or crushed bones
- Contusions, road rash or lacerations
- Loss of limb
Types of Truck Accidents We Handle
Truck accidents are scary, no matter the specifics of what causes them. When a truck collides with a car, the chances of the occupants of the car getting seriously injured or worse are much higher than they are in collisions involving two cars. Likewise, trucks are so big that they are at a higher risk of causing multi-vehicle pile-ups, leading to dozens of people getting injured. Therefore, it is normal to feel nervous when you are driving near a truck on the interstate, but most of the time you will be fine if both you and the truck driver obey speed limits and you make sure to stay where you can see the truck’s mirrors. If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, the Tulsa truck accident lawyers at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker can help you afford the medical treatment you need.
18-wheeler trucks are made up of two parts: the tractor, which is where the driver sits, and the trailer, which makes up most of the length of the truck. Controlling a vehicle of this configuration takes a lot of skill, which is why the licensing requirements for commercial truck driving are so strict. A truck tractor by itself is still big enough to do major damage to multiple cars, as is a tractor attached to an empty trailer. If the trailer becomes detached from the tractor while the truck is in motion, though, the results can be disastrous. A runaway trailer is a huge box on wheels, weighing several tons even when it is empty, and with no one controlling where it is going. Trucking companies have a legal responsibility to ensure that trailers do not become detached from trucks on their own; drivers must ensure that the trailer is properly attached before the truck gets onto the road.
A jackknife truck accident is when the trailer swings to the right or left so that it is at an angle to the tractor instead of straight behind it; these accidents get their name because, when they happen, the truck is shaped like a folded pocketknife. The trailer can cause major destruction to everything in its path, but the good news is that licensed truck drivers know how to prevent jackknife crashes. Most such crashes are the result of poorly maintained brakes or of driver errors when applying the truck’s brakes. Because of the antilock brake systems which have become standard in trucks, jackknife truck accidents are less common than they used to be.
From a legal standpoint, rear-end collisions are almost always the fault of the rear driver that hit the car in front of them. The same law applies when the rear vehicle is an 18-wheeler truck, except that the damage is usually much more extensive. When you hear about multi-vehicle pileups on the highway that lead to the road being closed for hours, the trouble often starts when a trucker does not apply the brakes in time, leading to a rear-end collision involving numerous vehicles.
An underride collision is when a small vehicle, such as a passenger car, pickup truck, or motorcycle, collides with a commercial truck and gets stuck under the trailer. These types of accidents are often devastating and require heroic rescues by first responders.
Contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker About Truck Accident Cases
Truck accidents are very serious and can cause more damage than the average auto incident. At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, our personal injury lawyers in Tulsa, Oklahoma can help you rebuild your life after a devastating truck accident.
Do I Have a Claim Against the Trucking Company?
We will fight to recover the compensation that you are entitled to for these and other severe injuries from all parties who may be liable for the truck accident, including the driver, the trucking company, the county responsible for highway maintenance and/or the manufacturer of defective tires or other equipment.
Even if you are unsure whether anyone was to blame for the truck accident in which you were severely injured or lost a family member, we encourage you to discuss your situation with our lawyers. It is always better to speak with an attorney so that you understand all of your options.
Contact the Firm
For a free initial consultation with an Oklahoma trucking injury attorney, contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, at 580-765-9660 or fill out our online contact form. We are flexible in order to accommodate scheduling needs and attentive in that we promptly return all messages. Our fees are paid as a percentage of your settlement or verdict, so you do not pay us anything unless we recover compensation on your behalf.