Truck accidents comprise less than 5% of the total traffic crashes throughout Oklahoma every year, but they tend to cause significant damage and destruction when they do occur.
Truck accidents are among the most destructive, devastating types of traffic crashes on Oklahoma highways, and statistics indicate that they happen quite frequently.
The dangers of texting and driving have been known for many years, prompting lawmakers in Oklahoma and many other US states to enact legislation regarding use of cell phones behind the wheel.
Semi-trucks are a constant presence on Oklahoma freeways and other roadways. They need to get from place to place as they haul produce, cars, clothing, building materials, and other essentials for daily life to various stores across the country.
Local drivers are used to encountering semi-trucks in traffic, but few are aware of the risks they pose. Semi-truck accidents in Tulsa are common and often leave the motorists involved with serious personal injuries.
Drivers who are tired shouldn't be on the road at all. When the driver who is fatigued is a trucker, there is a good chance that negative events will occur. These professionals are expected to keep control of trucks that pull large trailers filled with cargo. Being too fatigued can lead them to make decisions that can put other lives at risk. This is something that shouldn't occur because innocent people can be injured or killed.
With the winter season here, it is imperative that all drivers try to remain as safe as possible on the roads. The highways are a particular area where accidents can be devastating.
Semitruck crashes are that can especially horrific. These very large and heavy trucks slamming into a much smaller and lighter vehicle can lead to damage and injuries that are catastrophic. For the people who are victims of these crashes, the horrors of the accident aren't going to go anywhere fast.
People who drive too slowly in the left lane put other drivers at risk. This is because slow drivers in the left lane can cause traffic jams, accidents and road rage incidents. Starting November 1, the left lanes on the road are only going to be for passing other vehicles. Drivers who remain in them permanently can face steep fines.
Truckers have a very serious job that keeps this country running. There isn't a way that this country could continue operating properly without them. Still, it is possible for these very important truckers to have episodes of fatigue that can prove to be life-threatening.
Many semitruck accidents are the result of the actions of the semitruck driver, but this isn't always the case. There are some instances in which another driver might be the cause of the accident, even if that driver wasn't involved in the crash. In this case, the other driver might be liable for the crash.
By now, you are probably aware of the horrors that can occur when a semitruck slams into a passenger vehicle. These large, heavy trucks serve the important purpose of getting goods around the country, but that is of little concern to the victims of accidents with these big rigs.
Many people tend to think of distracted truckers being distracted by phones and texting. While that is a major cause of trucker distractions, it isn't the only thing that can cause these drivers to become distracted. For people who are injured in an accident caused by a distracted trucker, finding the cause of the distraction can often play a part in the case.
In our previous blog post, we touched on the many causes of semitruck accidents. If you recall, these accidents can be the fault of the trucker, the trucking company, or various other entities. One of the primary things that we have to determine in a trucking accident case is who we need to name as defendants in the case.
Just like any motor vehicle, a semi truck has a variety of things that can go wrong and lead to an accident. If you are injured in a trucking accident, you should be aware of some of the factors that can lead to an accident so that you can determine if any of these reasons were present in your accident.
We know that no one is prepared to deal with the details and recovery that come after a major motor vehicle accident. Yes, you probably carry insurance. Yes, you might have discussed what could happen if you are involved in such an accident -- you might even have an estate plan in place for just such a reason. But talking about it and taking those common precautions simply can't prepare you for what you might deal with if you are injured in an accident.
Getting into a car accident is damaging. Getting in to a truck accident is even more damaging. Getting into a truck accident because the roadway was faulty is simply unforgivable. The authorities of the state of Oklahoma take this type of situation very seriously. They are responsible for 12,264 miles of two-lane and multiple-lane highways and state roads. They are also responsible for bridges that cover major rivers, streams and lakes. On the average, vehicles, including commercial trucks, travel 68.8 million miles every day in Oklahoma.