Truck accidents involve delivery trucks, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial vehicles. These accidents tend to be some of the most devastating types of collisions that can occur due to the size, weight, and momentum of the vehicles involved. When truck accidents happen, catastrophic injuries, property damage, and even fatalities are common.
You may be entitled to significant compensation if you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident. Contact the skilled Oklahoma truck accident lawyers at BDIW Law to discuss your case and explore your legal options.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are often catastrophic and can stem from various potential causes. Here are some of the most common reasons why a truck accident may occur:
- Driver fatigue. Truck drivers can become exhausted due to the demanding nature of the job, irregular schedules, and sleep disturbances. Prolonged hours on the road and insufficient rest can lead to fatigue, impairing a truck driver’s focus and reaction time and significantly increasing the risk of accidents.
- Intoxicated driving. Driving under the influence is surprisingly common among truck drivers. Abuse of prescription pain medications is also a concern, as many truck drivers deal with chronic back pain due to prolonged sitting.
- Adverse weather conditions. Inclement weather, such as heavy rain, snow, or fog, poses significant risks for truck drivers. Reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces increase the likelihood of trucking accidents.
- Poor road conditions. Roads with potholes, uneven surfaces, inadequate signage, or insufficient maintenance can pose serious hazards for truck drivers. These conditions can lead to sudden vehicle maneuvers, loss of control, or tire damage, heightening the risk of accidents.
- Volume demands and time constraints. The pressure to meet demanding delivery schedules and high volume requirements can harm truck driver safety. The urgency to complete deliveries within tight timelines may lead to speeding, aggressive driving, and neglecting necessary rest breaks.
- Vehicle maintenance issues. Failure to conduct regular maintenance or encountering faulty equipment can have devastating consequences. Mechanical failures such as brake malfunctions or tire blowouts can occur, compromising the vehicle’s handling and control. Strict adherence to routine inspections, timely repairs, and proactive maintenance practices are paramount for trucking companies.
- Vehicle blind spots. Trucks have larger blind spots than smaller vehicles, making it challenging for truck drivers to see surrounding traffic. Failure to account for these blind spots during lane changes or turns can result in collisions.
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Injury and Fatality Statistics in Oklahoma
Truck accidents happen every day on our roads, and they can lead to severe injuries and fatalities. Data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) and NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis illustrates the scope of the issue.
- In 2020, there were approximately 4,784 truck accidents in Oklahoma.
- Of these accidents, 73 were fatal.
- 1,168 individuals sustained injuries from truck accidents.
- 152 of these injuries were classed as “serious.”
- In 2021, the number of total crashes jumped to over 5,500.
- Of these accidents, 99 were fatal.
- 1,332 individuals sustained injuries from truck accidents.
- 130 of these injuries were classed as “serious.”
Other Truck Accident Statistics
Additional data from the above reports sheds even more light on Oklahoma truck accidents, underscoring some of the most significant risk factors, common surrounding circumstances, and who is most likely to be affected by a truck accident.
- The majority of truck accidents occur on rural roads and highways.
- City streets are the second most common locations for truck accidents to occur.
- Oklahoma County accounts for the majority of truck accidents.
- Tulsa County takes the second-place spot for the most truck accidents in the state.
- Unsafe speed, distracted driving, and improper maneuvers account for most accidents where the truck driver is at fault.
- Failure to yield and unsafe lane changes account for accidents where another driver was at fault.
- In 2020, 100 truck drivers involved in crashes were either experiencing fatigue, emotional issues, illness, or dizziness or were on alcohol, illegal drugs, or other medications. (In the context of these factors, 451 additional cases were recorded as “unknown.”)
- In 2021, 98 truck drivers involved in crashes were either experiencing fatigue, emotional issues, or dizziness or were on alcohol, illegal drugs, or other medications. (In the context of these factors, 510 additional cases were recorded as “unknown.”)
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Most Common Injuries Resulting from a Truck Accident
The most common injuries resulting from a truck accident include:
- Whiplash. The sudden impact can cause the head and neck to jerk violently, leading to whiplash. This injury can cause neck pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
- Fractures. The force of a truck collision can cause bones to become broken and, in severe cases, crushed. Arm, leg, rib, and pelvis fractures are common and range from mild hairline breaks to severe compound fractures.
- Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord may sustain damage due to the impact of a truck accident, potentially resulting in partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation, or impaired bodily functions.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These occur when the head strikes a hard surface or experiences rapid deceleration. TBIs can range from concussions to severe brain damage, leading to cognitive and physical impairments.
- Internal injuries. The violent nature of truck accidents can cause internal bleeding, organ damage, or other injuries to the abdomen, which usually require immediate medical intervention.
- Soft tissue injuries. Sprains, strains, and tears in muscles, ligaments, and tendons are common due to the sudden forces involved in truck accidents. Surface trauma to soft tissue, such as cuts, scrapes, and bruises, is also common.
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If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck accident, contact the dedicated Oklahoma truck accident attorneys as soon as possible. Our skilled legal team is here to fight for your rights and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
We will work tirelessly to investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong legal strategy on your behalf. Call BDIW Law today to schedule a free consultation.
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