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.
For years, highway and bridge systems of Oklahoma were not kept up to date and some of the roadways became unsafe due to deferred maintenance and zero state funding. From 1985 to 2005 the state didn’t invest in the transportation system in Oklahoma. The infrastructure became inconsistent and some bridges were not safe for commercial trucks to use. This was seen as a downward spiral and a major decline. As a matter of fact approximately 1,500 of Oklahoma’s bridges were deficient or obsolete with a full 137 deemed unusable by semi-trucks.
It was in 2005 that the Oklahoma legislature decided to do something about this decline. They crafted a group of laws that saw a new day for the transportation system of Oklahoma. They began to reverse the tendency that Oklahoma had for ignoring the infrastructure problem.
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If you have been involved in a truck accident on the highways of Oklahoma, you know how devastating this can be. One minute you are fine and the next you are hit by a semi-truck and seriously injured. Whether it was caused by poor road conditions or not, you need your medical bills paid and your salary recompensed because you were out of work while recuperating. Let a legal advocate deal with the situation on hand while you focus on getting better.
Source: Oklahoma Department of Transportation, “Update on Oklahoma bridges and higways,” accessed Jan. 18, 2016
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