Oklahoma Trucking Accident Lawyers
Every motor vehicle accident has the potential to take a devastating toll physically, emotionally, and financially. Accidents uproot the lives of not only the victims involved but also their families. You are now faced with the reality of paying for stacks of medical bills, lost wages, and life-changing injuries that leave the victims forever changed. Trucking accidents can be especially costly not only in dollars but also the loss of independence, ability to work, and in severe cases, lives. The severity of a motor vehicle accident can be multiplied when a truck or 18-wheeler is involved due to the size and weight of these vehicles. If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident with an 18-wheeler, it’s important to know that you don’t have to face this difficult time alone. You have rights, and the Oklahoma trucking accident lawyers are here to help you fight for the financial compensation you need.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Commission (NHTSC), a person dies in a car accident every 13 minutes. Losing a loved one in a truck accident is devastating, and while you can’t bring a loved one back, you can take action to hold the negligent party responsible and recover financial compensation to help pay for medical bills and other expenses related to the accident. At the Abel Law Firm, the Oklahoma trucking accident lawyers are here to help you take legal action against truck drivers and trucking companies for their irresponsible actions. Contact us today at [phone number] and schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
Why You Need a Trucking Accident Lawyer?
Many truck accident victims aren’t sure why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them recover damages. While it’s true that you can work directly with the trucking company’s insurance company, it’s important to understand that they are not on your side and do not have your best interest in mind. Insurance companies are for-profit companies and want to pay as little money as possible following an accident. On the other hand, the Oklahoma trucking accident lawyers of the Abel Law Firm have your best interest in mind and will fight for you to make sure you recover the financial compensation you need.
Why Choose Us?
The aftermath of a trucking accident can be a whirlwind. With seeking medical treatment, dealing with insurance companies, and figuring out how to piece your life back together, you need someone by your side every step of the way to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Our team of professional Oklahoma trucking accident lawyers have a combined 130 years of experience and offer proven legal advice to handle every step of your case and get you the financial results you deserve. We take the time to get to know our clients and won’t rest until you get the results you need, even if that means taking your case to court. Contact the Abel Law Firm today and take control of your future.
Cases We Handle – Causes of Truck Accidents
It is the responsibility of the truck driver and trucking companies to operate the vehicles safely, provide proper training, and provide routine maintenance to their trucks to keep innocent people from harm. When drivers behave recklessly or are drowsy behind the wheel, the results can be catastrophic physically, emotionally, and financially.
When you are injured in an accident with a truck or 18-wheeler or another commercial vehicle, you not only have to deal with medical bills and potentially rehabilitation costs, but also insurance companies, representatives from the trucking company, and even their lawyers. Dealing with all of this while trying to recover from your injuries should not be your responsibility. This is where the Oklahoma trucking accident lawyers shine. We’ve made it our mission and purpose to fight for those who feel helpless and alone following a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to handle the following types of cases:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Hiring or training failures
- Truck defect/malfunction
- Trucking company negligence
- Truck driver error/negligence
- No-zone truck accidents
Any of the above scenarios can cause serious, life-altering injuries or in extreme cases, even death. The sheer mass of commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers makes even low-speed accidents costly in terms of damage to your vehicle and also injuries to everyone involved. While the average vehicle weighs 2.5 tons, a large truck can weigh close to 40 tons. You need an experienced and tough attorney on your side to take action and stand up for you against the trucking company and their attorneys. At Abel Law Firm, we treat every case like it’s our only case and won’t rest till you get the compensation you need to avoid financial ruin.
Understanding Vehicle Weight and Stopping Distance
A common cause of truck accidents is the driver failing to understand the weight of his or her vehicle and how it affects stopping distance. The average 18-wheeler or semi-truck weighs an estimated 16 times more than an average motor vehicle. Because of this weight, it takes much longer for an 18-wheeler to slow down and come to a stop. Knowing this and staying an appropriate distance behind other motor vehicles can make all the difference no matter how fast you are traveling.
Frequently Asked Questions
The majority of individuals have either never been in a serious trucking accident before or have never gone through the process of filing a personal injury claim. At the Abel Law Firm, this is our passion and our life and we are here to help you through every step of the process and answer every question you might have about your rights, the legal process, and trucking accidents.
An accident with an 18-wheeler or another commercial vehicle can be absolutely devastating to every part of your life. Often, these cases can be more complicated than normal car accident cases because they deal with other parties who are either fully responsible or partially responsible for the crash due to a defect or malfunction. Because of this, the cases are nuanced, extremely detailed, and require a heavy amount of research and investigation. If you have a question about your case, don’t hesitate to call us. Below are some answers to a few questions you frequently hear.
What are the main causes of 18-wheeler crashes?
Like all motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents are caused by a number of factors, most of which are due to the negligence of the driver. According to a study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 27 percent of truck accidents were caused by the truck having brake problems. In the same study, 19 percent of drivers were unfamiliar with the route while 7 percent of drivers felt sleepy or overly tired. Along with these reasons, trucking accidents also happen because of aggressive driving and drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
What types of damages can I recover?
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a trucking accident your life has been turned upside down. You may be facing a large number of medical bills from surgeries or other procedures as well as lost wages from not being able to return to work.
At the Abel Law Firm, our attorneys will help you recover compensation to pay for all medical expenses including travel costs to and from the doctor’s offices, prescription costs, lost wages, and all future medical costs related to your injuries. The recovery and rehabilitation process following a trucking accident can be long and arduous, so we will fight to make sure you are prepared to handle it financially so you can focus solely on getting back on your feet and on with your life.
Truck accidents can also be emotionally and psychologically devastating for victims with consequences and symptoms that stick around long after physical injuries have healed. Along with night terrors or trouble sleeping, some victims also experience severe anxiety and depression following an accident. We will fight to make sure you receive compensation to pay for psychiatric or psychological treatment as well.
In some cases, if the driver was especially negligent, you can recover punitive damages. If the truck driver caused the accident because of road rage or other reckless actions, your financial compensation could be considerably higher.
How much does it cost to speak with a lawyer?
We know this is an incredibly stressful time financially. That’s why at Abel Law Firm, your consultation is 100% free and confidential. Contact us today at [phone number] and take the first step toward getting your life back on track.
For many people involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler, they simply don’t know their rights and that they have legal options to pursue financial compensation to pay for medical bills and other financial hardships. We are committed to helping you get the assistance you deserve and hold negligent drivers and trucking companies liable. To learn more about how we can help you, contact the Oklahoma truck accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm today at [phone number] and take control of your future.