Over-the-road trucks and their drivers are subject to strict federal rules. These rules govern everything from weight limits to the number of hours a trucker can drive in one day.
The personal injury lawyers of Ward & Glass, L.L.P., are well-versed in this area of the law. We hold trucking companies accountable for accidents that result from trucking violations or other negligence or intentional disregard for public safety. Our thorough and aggressive investigation of truck crashes forces trucking firms and their insurers to compensate our client for a fair amount.
When Trucking Companies Refuse To Follow The Rules …
A fully loaded 18-wheeler weighs up to 40 tons. The U.S. Department of Transportation regulates over-the-road haulers precisely because of the danger to the public. Since Oklahoma is a major trucking corridor, we have represented people from Norman, Oklahoma City and statewide who were badly injured or lost loved ones in tractor-trailer accidents.
Our firm uses two former Oklahoma highway patrolmen who are skilled and efficient at accident scene investigation. They photograph the scene and the vehicles, measure skid marks and debris, and help us identify witnesses.
We also obtain data “black box” and GPS data, maintenance and inspection records, driver logs, cargo manifests and State Patrol reports. Our lawyers and experts use this evidence to determine what factors likely caused or contributed to the crash:
- Driver fatigue (driving beyond Hours of Service limits)
- Unsafe lane changes or passing
- Speeding and tailgating
- Pulling out or swinging out into traffic
- Shifting or falling freight
- Excess weight (increased stopping distance)
- Worn brakes or tires
- Distracted driving
- Driver inexperience
… We Hold Them Accountable
Our attorneys have obtained recoveries in freeway trucking accidents (I-35, I-44 and I-40) as well as accidents involving oil and gas semis barreling down two-lane roads in rural areas of Oklahoma.
The trucking firms and their insurance carriers will dispatch their own investigators to the site of a truck wreck to gather evidence that they may use to deny or reduce compensation. It is important to get our investigators involved as soon as possible.