Crews respond to semi-truck accident on I-40 in west Oklahoma City

Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2022 at 7:51 pm    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — A semi-truck crash Saturday evening caused a traffic backup on Interstate 40 near the Westbury neighborhood in west Oklahoma City, reports KOCO.

Emergency crews responded to the scene near Morgan Road. The crash was first reported by KOCO shortly after 6:00 p.m.

Few details have been shared regarding the circumstances behind the wreck, but footage captured at the scene suggests two semi-trucks were involved. One semi appeared to have sustained extensive damage, with parts of the vehicle’s rear-end torn off.

As of this writing, officials have not reported any injuries in the crash.

The cause of the accident remains unclear at this time.

 

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma truck accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


Semi-truck crashes off I-44 EB near north Oklahoma City mall

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 at 7:39 pm    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — A semi-truck accident was reported Wednesday morning on Interstate 44 near Penn Square Mall in north Oklahoma City, reports News9.

The collision occurred off the eastbound interstate between Pennsylvania Avenue and North Western Avenue. It was first reported by News9 at 10:27 a.m.

Details are limited, but aerial footage captured at the scene suggests the semi drove through a barrier along the roadway. The vehicle appeared to have jackknifed as it came to rest in a grassy area.

As of this writing, officials have not reported any injuries in the wreck.

The cause of the crash remains unknown at this time.

 

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma truck accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


Semi strikes power pole on Meridian Ave in NW Oklahoma City

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 at 6:59 pm    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — A semi-truck crash was reported Monday afternoon on Meridian Avenue near the Lakeview area of northwest Oklahoma City, reports News9.

The collision occurred near the intersection with Northwest Expressway (Oklahoma 9), shortly after 3:00 p.m.

Details are limited at this time, but officials said the semi slammed into a power pole. Footage captured at the scene shows the pole damaged and pulled down toward the roadway.

Meridian Avenue, which had only one lane open due to an ongoing resurfacing project, was completely closed during the emergency response.

No injuries were reported, but the road was expected to remain blocked for an extended time.

 

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma car accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


23-year-old woman killed in early-morning truck crash north of Tulsa

Posted on Saturday, May 7th, 2022 at 10:10 pm    

TULSA, OK – A 23-year-old woman was killed in a collision with a semi-truck on I-44 just north of Tulsa early this morning, according to information from KFOR News.

The crash happened on I-44 W, north of W 56th Street, at around 3:52 a.m., when a 2021 Freightliner semi-truck collided with a 2009 Ford Escape.

The driver of the Escape, 23-year-old Heaven McDougal, of Sapulpa, was pinned within the wreckage for over an hour.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, and firefighters freed her body from the wreck.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

 

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma City truck accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.

 


3 OU students killed in semi-truck crash on I-35 in Kay County

Posted on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 at 9:54 pm    

TONKAWA, OK (KAY COUNTY) – Three meteorology students from the University of Oklahoma were killed in a crash with a semi-truck on I-35 in Kay County late last night, according to information from KFOR.

The crash occurred in Tonkawa on I-35 S near mile marker 214 at around 11:23 p.m., when the driver of a southbound 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan hydroplaned and lost control of the vehicle.

The Volkswagen traveled off the right side of the road, then became disabled in the roadway. It was then struck by a southbound 2020 Freightliner semi-truck.

The three people inside the Volkswagen, 20-year-old Nicholas K. Nair, of Denton, Texas, 22-year-old Drake H. Brooks, of Evansville, Indiana, and 19-year-old Gavin A. Short, of Grayslake, Illinois, were trapped within the wreckage for over five hours.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities continue to investigate the collision at this time.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma City truck accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.

 


School bus involved in crash in NW OKC

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 12:18 am    

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A school bus collided with a passenger vehicle at an intersection in northwest Oklahoma City yesterday morning, News on 6 reports.

The crash happened at Western Street and Britton Way. No students were on the bus at the time of the collision, and no one was injured.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma bus accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.

What Are Truck Driver Training Requirements?

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2022 at 8:12 pm    

What Are Truck Driver Training Requirements?When a big rig or other commercial vehicle is involved in an accident, the first person everyone blames is the driver. It is true that drivers are required to meet stringent federal requirements to be granted a license to drive a truck and to operate that vehicle safely. However, if the company that hires the drivers does not enforce those requirements, then the company can be liable for the accident.

When anyone applies for an Oklahoma commercial driver’s license (CDL), they need to meet all of these requirements, plus the ones listed on the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety’s website. The most important requirements are:

  • Applicant must pass the written test outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 383.111(a) or (b) and pass with at least 80 percent correct answers.
  • Applicant must pass the skills test outlined in 49 CFR 383.113 through 49 CFR 383.123 in the type of vehicle the applicant operates or expects to operate. Waivers are available for military operators and farm equipment operators.
  • Must meet requirements for an Oklahoma Driver’s License, including proof of legal residency.
  • Must be 18 years old to drive within the state and 21 years old to drive across state lines or haul hazardous materials.
  • Must provide a medical certification, including corrected vision of 20/40 and corrected color vision, controlled blood pressure up to 160/100, and controlled blood sugar below 200. Insulin-dependent diabetes is not permitted.
  • Hearing correction is not permitted.
  • Any illegal narcotic use is not permitted.
  • Conviction of or pleading “no contest” to any crimes on the TSA disqualifying list will be an immediate disqualification.
  • A driver determined to be an “imminent hazard” can be permanently disqualified.

The requirements for a commercial vehicle driver are strict, and these drivers are further limited in the types of vehicles they should be driving.

A Class A license is required for vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of more than 26,000 pounds and a tow weight of more than 10,000 pounds. A driver with a Class A license can also drive all other vehicles. To have a Class A license, the driver would have to have tested on a 26,000-pound truck towing a trailer larger than 10,000 pounds.

A Class B license is required for either a single vehicle over 26,000 pounds or a truck towing a trailer, not over 10,000 pounds.

A Class C license is used for vehicles that either transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver (such as a bus), or is used for transporting hazardous materials that require Hazardous Materials placards. An 18-year-old driver cannot possess a Class C license and drive a hazardous materials vehicle.

A Class D license is the type of license any driver has to have for driving a private personal car. Your own license is probably a Class D license.

How This Affects Your Case

How does this affects your case?Because these requirements are federal regulations and not merely local hiring requirements, employers must follow them to keep their own shipping and business licenses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration maintains an online database of drivers who violate the regulations and carriers who have not responded to inquiries from other companies about problem employees.

Any trucking company that hires a new driver is expected to reasonably check the driver’s background and driving history and continue to do so throughout the driver’s employment with the company, according to federal law.

Under a legal theory called “vicarious liability,” any harm done by an employee can be the responsibility of the employer if the employer “knew or reasonably should have known” that the employee was at risk of performing such an act. For instance, if a driver was known to have a blood pressure problem when hired, and the company did not insist on a medical exam, then if that driver had a stroke while driving and caused an accident, the company could be held liable.

Having this type of information can be critical for your case when you and your attorney are determining who is at fault and who you should be filing your claim against. Your attorney will use this evidence to show that the driver’s employer knew the driver’s status before the driver went out on the road. This is why all information that can be gathered at the scene is so critical and why legal assistance is a must in any personal injury case.

Contact Us Today

If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you need a skilled Oklahoma City truck accident attorney. Contact the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 and let us review the facts about the driver, the company, and any other relevant information. We may be able to find details that will help you get all the compensation you deserve.


3 taken to hospital after multi-vehicle wreck involving cement truck

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2022 at 2:15 am    

TULSA, OK – Three people were injured after a multi-vehicle accident on I-244 in Tulsa Monday morning.

According to News9, the crash involved five vehicles on I-244 near West 23rd Street. A cement truck overturned into the roadway while another vehicle struck a ditch.

Three people were taken to the hospital with injuries following the collision.

One driver was cited for a faulty hitch.  

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma car accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.


The Role of Fatigue in Truck Accidents

Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2022 at 8:02 pm    

The Role of Fatigue in Truck Accidents

According to federal statistics, up to 40 percent of all truck and big rig accidents are at least partially due to driver fatigue. This statistic has not changed in many years, even though the average driver knows that sitting behind the wheel of any vehicle for hours at a time is exhausting. Despite strict federal and state guidelines regulating how many hours a driver can spend in the cab, too many truckers still feel compelled to “drive through” and get their delivery made.

If you have been involved in an accident with a big rig, the chances of your having been seriously injured are high. The chances of the other driver has been tired and dozed off at the wheel are equally high. Reach out to us at Abel Law Firm, we’re well-experienced in such cases and are ready to help you.

Fatigued Drivers and Nearby Cars

tired truck driver

Statistics say up to 40% of all truck accidents involve fatigue.

Trucks have unique characteristics that make them harder to handle than even the largest SUV or minivan. They need far more time to slow down and brake, and the length of the trailer means that there is a lag between the front end swerving and the rear end swerving.

Trucks have enormous blind spots. Despite the common perception that truck drivers can see better because they are higher off the road, the portions of the road that cannot be seen are huge. The driver cannot see anything twenty feet immediately in front of the truck, for two lanes to the right of the truck from the cab to the rear of the trailer, and for one lane on the left from the cab to the rear of the trailer. At the back, if you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the driver cannot see you, a distance of 30 to 50 feet.

A fatigued driver will lose track of where other cars are on the road and pay attention only to the position of the truck, a condition known as “tunnel vision.” Even if the driver saw you enter a blind spot, it may not register. A car that swerves suddenly in front of the cab may not be noticed, especially if it vanishes into the forward blind spot.

Tired drivers are slow. The size of the truck means that the driver must be constantly aware of traffic, spotting cars moving in and out of lanes ahead of them, but a fatigued driver, tunnel-visioned on the road, may not see a car drop into their lane until too late to brake.

Finally, fatigue feeds on itself. We have all felt the exhaustion of a long day, wanting only to get our chores done and get some sleep. Fatigue leads to poor decision-making and bad choices. A trucker who only wants to get to the loading dock and drop the trailer might force themselves to drive the last six hours instead of taking a federally mandated rest period, with disastrous results- especially when it involves a car. Reach out to us today for a free consultation.

When Accidents Happen

blurry road

Tunnel vision and slow movement impair truck drivers.

Federal guidelines require drivers to maintain logs of the hours they spend driving, resting, and sleeping. Since 2018, these logs are supposed to be electronic rather than written, although written logs still exist. These logs are part of the so-called “black box,” a device similar to an airplane’s flight data recorder that monitors various parameters of the truck’s performance.

If you have been involved in an accident with a truck, this log is essential for establishing whether driver fatigue may have played a role in the collision. However, you need to act quickly. Drivers must keep the logs for only six months. After that, they can be erased or destroyed, like any other electronic record. Some companies download their drivers’ records, but they have an even shorter period to keep them: thirty days.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, you should contact legal counsel right away. Even if you do not plan to take legal action, your attorney can send a notice to the trucking company requesting a copy of the log and black-box data. This prevents any loss or destruction of data.

Witness statements at the time of the accident are also important, as impressions of the driver at the time of the incident may be critical. If other people at the scene believed the driver appeared tired or sleepy, you should have a record of that as soon as possible after the accident, rather than months or even years later.

Contact Us

If you have been involved in a truck accident, the Oklahoma City truck accident attorneys of Abel Law Firm want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at (405) 239-7046, or reach out online so we can get you the data you need for a successful insurance claim. Your first consultation is free and confidential.


Man Declared Dead After Multi-Truck Crash in Bryan County

Posted on Saturday, March 5th, 2022 at 10:09 pm    

MEAD, OK (BRYAN COUNTY) – A man was killed in a crash involving a passenger vehicle and two semi-trucks in Bryan County yesterday afternoon, according to KFOR.

The crash occurred south of Mead on Leavenworth Trail, near Smiser Road, at around 12:23 p.m., when a 2011 Chevrolet, driven by 48-year-old Durant resident Jack Redden, a 2013 Peterbilt truck, and a 2022 Freightliner truck collided.

Redden died at the scene.

The occupants of the trucks were not reported as injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

This information is presented as a way to help keep our community safer and is not meant to be taken as legal advice. However, the Oklahoma City truck accident attorneys at the Abel Law Firm have helped clients secure financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving another vehicle, contact us today for a free consultation.

Ed Abel Named Oklahoma City Personal Injury Litigator of the Year

Ed Abel was awarded the Litigator of the Year award as recognition of his tremendous success in the courtroom defending the lives of Oklahomans, and his unique service as a true son of the State of Oklahoma. He has won some of the largest verdicts in Oklahoma's history, and he and his team have successfully argued against harmful tort reform laws in the state Supreme Court. His impact is so widespread across the state that Governor Mary Fallin declared May 1st as "Ed Abel Day."

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