Every year thousands of individuals and families in Oklahoma suffer death or serious injury caused by trucks, other large commercial vehicles and SUVs.
In recent years, the number of large trucks, semi-trucks and 18-wheelers involved in accidents with serious injuries or fatalities has increased substantially due to such factors as driver fatigue, intoxication, driver error, equipment failure, unsafe vehicle operation, large or unstable loads or defective equipment.
Our experienced Oklahoma truck accident lawyers understand that truck accident liability cases are often much more complex than simple automobile collision cases or other types of personal injuries. For example, there are highly technical state and federal regulations applicable to trucks and commercial vehicles. These regulations frequently do not apply to personal auto incidents but these regulations can form a legal basis for liability in truck accident cases. In addition, the unique method of truck operations and the sheer size of these huge rigs often make handling these cases difficult and unique.
Equipment maintenance issues and inspection deficiencies along with deficiencies in the selection, retention and training of professional truck drivers, if proven, can enhance the value of a truck accident claim. Failure by the trucking company owners or fleet managers to implement and enforce a safety program can substantially increase the value of what might appear to be an ordinary case.
The actual cause of a truck catastrophe may not be evident at first. Proper legal handling requires a thorough investigation of the scene, the vehicles involved, the people involved, and a careful review of federal and state laws and regulations which apply to this specific case. The obtaining of maximum financial recovery can often require focusing the proof on trucking company management’s failures more than the truck driver’s omissions. This can only occur if the case is properly investigated, developed and presented.
When a tractor trailer or large Oklahoma truck accident occurs it often results in death, brain damage, paralysis or other very serious injury. Unfortunately, the insurance coverage available or company assets can be insufficient to fully compensate the victim or his/her family in a major case. In these situations, it is important for the legal firm to investigate other areas of legal responsibility such as the liability of the shipper, vehicle manufacturer or other related entities.
Doney & Whalen practice personal injury law throughout Oklahoma. Our practice is primarily in the area of serious personal injury and wrongful death, with emphasis on injuries resulting from truck accidents, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and motorcycle accidents.
We are proud of our legal team. Our team offers prompt, high-quality, aggressive representation and we would be pleased to offer advice on any Oklahoma injury case.