We can see semi-trucks on the road every day. A truck cab pulling a trailer loaded with cargo barely gets our attention – until something goes wrong. A truck accident involving a semi-truck can have devastating consequences. If negligence led to an accident that left you injured, you deserve financial compensation.
But recovering compensation can be a complicated and lengthy process. Trucking companies and insurance companies often have an advantage and will try to pay you as little as possible. That’s why it’s important to speak to an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Lawter & Associates has been fighting for the injured throughout Oklahoma since 1974.
Our lawyers discuss what makes semi-truck accidents so complicated.
There can be multiple parties involved.
These can include the:
- Trucking company
- Owner of the trailer
- Owner of the cargo on the trailer
- Company that loaded the cargo
- Manufacturer of tires or defective parts
- Drivers of other cars involved in the accident
Each party may have their own lawyer and be represented by a different insurance company. This can make determining liability for the accident difficult to sort out.
The trucking company may control key evidence.
- Hours of Service (HOS) Logs – Truck drivers are required to keep track of the time they spend behind the wheel to ensure they are following federal regulations.
- Maintenance Records – Trucking companies have a responsibility to perform regular maintenance on the trucks in their fleet and make any needed repairs promptly.
- Employment records – Companies have a responsibility to conduct background checks to ensure drivers are qualified and have a clean safety record.
- Electronic Data – Most trucks have electronic control modules (also known as "black boxes") that record important information such as speed, braking patterns and engine performance.
Insurance companies can challenge your claim.
Trucking companies are required to carry sizable insurance policies. When there’s an accident, there’s often a lot of money at stake and insurance companies know it. That’s why they will challenge your claim to try to limit the compensation you receive. They may question the seriousness of your injuries or argue they were pre-existing. They may question the need for certain medical procedures. Or they may try to put the blame for the accident on another party – possibly even you.
Damages can be extensive.
The damages you suffer in an accident include medical expenses for diagnosis, treatment, surgery, hospitalization, medication and physical therapy – both now and in the future. You may require home care or special medical equipment. Your damages can include lost wages if you are left unable to work. There may be other damages also, such as pain and suffering.
Our attorneys know how to handle complicated truck accident claims. We investigate to find the facts. This involves reviewing documentation, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and if needed, consulting experts. We determine the total damages you have suffered. Then we build strong cases and fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in Oklahoma City, Tulsa or anywhere in the state, learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.