Oklahoma City Truck Accident Lawyers
Fact checked by Clayton Hasbrook J.D. | Updated on June 11, 2020
Hasbrook & Hasbrook is a personal injury attorney with extensive experience dealing with truck accident cases in Oklahoma City. Our team of professional truck accident lawyers is here to get you the justice that you deserve.
Truck accident is among the most serious that can occur on the road. The rolling mass of large vehicles creates greater potential for destruction, injury, and death. If you require assistance or want to find out more about filing a truck accident lawsuit, please get in touch with our team of attorneys today.
The Causes Of Truck Accidents In Oklahoma City
Truck accidents can be purely accidental with no culpable parties, but this is rarely the case. After conducting an extensive analysis of city-wide data, Hasbrook & Hasbrook have discovered that most accidents involve instances in which the driver or a third party is to blame.
Changing Lane Unsafely
Our research indicates that a significant number of truck crashes involve unsafe lane changes. Data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) report that around 8.7 percent of all trucking accidents occurred because the driver changed lane unsafely.
Failing To Yield
Furthermore, research reveals that failing to yield is another major cause of truck accidents, responsible for 7.3 percent of all cases in Oklahoma, according to crash report forms.
Improper Act Or Movement
The most common cause of truck accidents is improper acts or movements by the driver. Figures from research suggest that this factor contributes to 12.7 percent of truck accidents statewide.
Speeding reduces the time that truck drivers have to react to hazards and increases the severity of collisions. Crash report forms for Oklahoma indicate that speeding contributed to 7.5 percent of all accidents.
Truck drivers can cause injury through inattention – failing to concentrate on the road. OHSO data suggest that this factor contributes to a further 7.2 percent of crashes.
Other contributing factors could make the driver of the vehicle, the manufacturer, or the company they represent liable to pay compensation. These include following you too closely, failing to yield at an intersection, failing to stop, operating an unsafe vehicle, blocking the roadway, and improperly overtaking.
Liable Truck Accident Parties Under Oklahoma Law
Those injured from truck accidents may be able to collect compensation from multiple parties under Oklahoma law. Depending on the situation, you may be able to claim against:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck
- The manufacturer of the truck
- The company that owns the cargo transported by the truck
For instance, suppose a manufacturing error was the cause of the injuries you sustained, but the truck driver was not at fault. In this situation, you could claim compensation for the company that built the truck.
Similarly, the company that owns the truck might have loaded it with hazardous cargo. Here again, a third-party company such as the hauler might be to blame – not the driver.
If you want to make a personal injury claim resulting from a truck accident in Oklahoma, you must file a civil suit within two years. Please note that Oklahoma state law places a $350,000 upper limit on non-economic damages you can claim.
Oklahoma Truck Accident Statistics
Hasbrook & Hasbrook has conducted in-depth research into truck accident statistics in Oklahoma City and how they compare to the statewide data.
OHSO breaks down large truck accidents by county and administrative regions. The greater Oklahoma metro area spreads over ten counties, including Canadian County, Cleveland County, Grady County, Kingfisher County, Lincoln County, Logan County, McClain County, Oklahoma County, Payne County, and Pottawatomie County.
Here we present data for both Oklahoma County containing Oklahoma City and the rest of the metro area. Data suggest that in 2018 (the latest data available), nine people involved in truck crashes died in Oklahoma City, and 25 received incapacitating injuries. According to police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports, 96 received non-incapacitating injuries, and a further 261 had possible injuries.
The wider Oklahoma metro area saw a total of 38 deaths across all ten metro counties. There were a further 70 incapacitating injuries and 263 non-capacitating injuries.
In total, there were more than 13466 persons involved in large truck crashes in Oklahoma, with around 2,195 receiving some kind of injury.
Statewide, truck accidents tend to occur most commonly on the interstate highway, responsible for 29 percent of all crashes. The second most common location of accidents is city streets, followed by 12.5 on urban United States highways and 8.4 percent on rural US highways.
Data reveal that large truck crashes are most likely to occur in the state on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, each accounting for 1007, 1030, and 1054 accidents in 2018, respectively. There were 560 crashes on Saturdays and 335 on Sundays.
Truck accident is much more likely to occur between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm than during the night. Rural accidents were responsible for 77 percent of fatalities statewide.
The police Official Oklahoma Traffic Collision Report also collects data on the truck driver’s condition following a collision. Of 6,260 total drivers involved in accidents in 2018, police found 20 to be above the limit for blood alcohol according to section ‘02’ Driving-Ability Impaired and ‘03’ Odor of Alcoholic Beverage. A further eight had illegal drugs in their system, eight were tired, and officers classified 65 as “very sleepy.”
In total, 23 truck drivers died, and 49 were seriously injured in Oklahoma in 2018. Accidents involving trucks killed 107 people and led to 228 incapacitating injuries.
Get Help From Oklahoma City Truck Accident Attorneys
Truck accidents can be more severe than regular accidents involving cars and light vehicles. Therefore, it is vital to work with qualified, reputable truck accident attorneys who can help you fight for the justice you deserve. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be owed compensation. Call Hasbrook & Hasbrook today to schedule a consultation and see whether you can make a claim.