Experienced, Dilligent Representation for Your Truck Accident Lawsuit
Due to their size and weight, commercial trucks are especially dangerous, causing catastrophic damages, injuries, and fatal accidents every year. If you or a loved one are seeking representation for a truck accident lawsuit in the Oklahoma City, OK, area, The Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC, can help. For nearly four decades, our attorneys have provided outstanding legal assistance for victims of trucking accidents.
We have a thorough understanding of this complex area of law and excel at identifying and proving liability in these cases. As your attorneys, we will pursue all avenues and hold at-fault parties responsible to secure the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
About Trucking Accidents
Commercial trucks are over-sized and unwieldy, so it is not surprising that they are over-represented in traffic accident statistics. According to the most recent (2013) numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), large trucks accounted for only 4 percent of registered vehicles, but were involved in 12 percent of collisions. These accidents, which often involve multiple vehicles, injured 95,000, and killed 3,964 Americans in 2013.
In an accident between a multi-ton truck and a passenger vehicle, the smaller vehicle will always bear the brunt of the collision. In 2013, the majority of truck-related fatalities were occupants of the smaller vehicle (71%), or were non-occupant (11%) pedestrians or bicyclists. Injuries in these accidents tend to be devastating, including traumatic head injuries, burns, and spinal cord injuries.
A large number of interstate trucks use Oklahoma's roadways, and unfortunately, our truck accident statistics are higher than the national average. Large trucks were involved in 11.9 percent of Oklahoma traffic accidents in 2013, killing 112 people, and injuring hundreds more.
According to the NHTSA, head-on collisions are the most common type of accident between a commercial truck and a car. The causes of truck crashes are wide-ranging, but negligence on the part of the driver or motor carrier is often to blame. Accidents can stem from:
- Driver fatigue
- Inadequate driver training
- Driver inattention
- Use of drugs or alcohol
- Driving in unsafe conditions
- Following too closely
- Improper turning
- Insufficient vehicle maintenance
- Equipment failure
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
Regardless of the unique circumstances surrounding your accident, the experts at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC can perform a thorough investigation to determine its cause, and build a successful legal case.
A Complex Area of Law
The commercial trucking industry is regulated by comprehensive and highly detailed federal and state laws. Trucking regulations cover a wide variety of issues concerning vehicles, their drivers, and the establishment and operation of commercial trucking companies. Understanding these complicated regulations is key to effective legal representation for truck accident victims.
In addition, trucking cases involve multiple parties, their insurance representatives, and defense lawyers. Depending upon the circumstances of an accident, these parties might include the truck driver, truck owner, motor carrier, manufacturer of defective truck parts, or manufacturers or distributors of freight carried by the truck. It is important that you have legal representation to fight for your rights.
As experienced truck accident attorneys, we can investigate records and obtain documentation and witness statements. This substantiating information can include whether or not a driver worked beyond the accepted hours of service, cargo weight restrictions were violated, or driving logs were tampered with. These factors can provide crucial evidence that can dramatically swing a case in the plaintiff’s favor.
Damages and Compensation
Oklahoma’s civil courts uphold a victim’s right to collect fair compensation for damages caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another party. These legal damages may include medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and more. If a close family member was killed, you may be entitled to wrongful death damages for losses you suffer now and well into the future. In some cases, additional punitive damages may be awarded as a deterrent to gross negligence or willful misconduct by trucking corporations.
At Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC, we believe in civil justice for victims and fight to maximize recoveries for our clients. Money cannot change an unfortunate circumstance, but it can ease healing and recovery as you move forward. It is our policy to handle trucking accident cases on a contingency basis. You will pay no up-front legal fees. Our attorneys receive payment only when you receive your settlement or jury award.
We encourage our injured clients and their grieving families to focus on healing and leave the insurance and legal matters to us.
Tawwater Law Firm Expertise
If you are involved in a trucking accident, It is important to contact us as soon as possible. Ideally, we can begin investigating the incident immediately, gathering evidence, issuing records subpoenas, and interviewing key witnesses. As part of your case, we may collaborate with authorities across a range of fields relating to trucking accidents, including engineers and accident reconstruction experts. We work diligently and strategically to prove liability and to substantiate your damages.
Our firm has a long-standing reputation for thorough, successful representation in truck accident lawsuits. Each year, we handle several serious truck accident cases, including incidents that have happened on Interstates 40, 35, 44, and the Turner Turnpike. In decades of practice, we have secured many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for clients. Backed by experience, knowledge, resources, and a proven record of results, we are simply not intimidated by high powered insurance firms and national corporations. We will take on any opponent, no matter how large, in order to deliver the restitution our clients deserve.
We encourage our injured clients and their grieving families to focus on healing and leave the insurance and legal matters to us. Our attorneys and staff work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive adequate medical care to maintain the highest quality of life possible. If needed, we bring life care specialists in to analyze a victim's needs in order to help them fully recover and retain their independence.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
We understand how devastating a truck accident can be for a victim and their family, and will represent you in a personal and caring manner throughout the legal process. An initial consultation with one of our attorneys is free, and can help determine whether a lawsuit is advisable in your case. To learn more and book your consultation, contact our office today.