Truck Accident Lawyer
Trucking accidents can be catastrophic, resulting in debilitating injuries, death, and astronomical financial losses.
A truck accident lawyer can help victims collect compensation from negligent drivers, trucking companies, and manufacturers.
Learn why so many victims and families turn to the Tawwater Law Firm in Oklahoma City, OK, after a truck accident...
Why Choose Our Attorneys? What the Tawwater Law Firm Brings to Clients
Practicing Law for More Than 40 YearsIn more than four decades of practice in Oklahoma City, our lawyers have secured many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for truck accident clients. Backed by experience, knowledge, resources, and a proven record of results, our lawyers are not intimidated by high-powered insurance firms, trucking companies, or national corporations.
Thorough Understanding of FMCSA RegulationsThe commercial trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), whose regulations encompass hours of service, record retention, safety and maintenance standards, and more. Our in-depth understanding of these federal driving regulations help us build successful commercial truck accident cases.
Listed Among the Preeminent Lawyers of AmericaThe Tawwater Law Firm is recognized in the Bar Register among the Preeminent Lawyers of America. This list includes many of the country's leading legal professionals and practices. Achieving this recognition means earning the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory while also receiving high reviews from legal colleagues.
We Represent the People of OklahomaOur Oklahoma City firm has a long-standing reputation for thorough, successful representation in truck accident lawsuits. We handle several serious truck crash claims every year, including accidents on Interstates 40, 35, 44, and the Turner Turnpike. We will take on any opponent, no matter how large, in order to deliver the restitution our clients deserve.
We Handle Trucking Accidents on a Contingency Fee Basis
At the Tawwater Law Firm, we handle semi-truck collision cases on a contingency basis. That means you will pay no up-front legal fees. Our truck accident lawyers receive payment only when you successfully receive your settlement or jury award.
The Statute of Limitations for Trucking Accidents
In the state of Oklahoma, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing an auto accident lawsuit. This means that you cannot file a legal claim for injuries or property damage more than two years after the date of the crash. It's important that you speak with a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn about your legal options.
Has Your Life Been Changed by a Truck Accident? Speak with Our Lawyers About Your Case
People who've survived a truck accident or lost a loved one in a collision can count on the Tawwater Law Firm for legal assistance. Founded more than 40 years ago, our truck accident attorneys adhere to high professional standards while also providing compassionate counsel. Our goal is to find the best legal solution for you and your family after a semi-truck crash, one that helps you return to normalcy.
If you live in the Oklahoma City area and need to speak with a truck accident attorney who will listen to you, contact the Tawwater Law Firm online. You can also reach our lawyers by phone.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck Driver Performance
While all drivers may exhibit negligence behind the wheel from time to time, negligent actions by a truck driver can be particularly dangerous. Common risky behaviors include inattentive or distracted driving, speeding, frequent lane changes, unsafe passing, tailgating other vehicles, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driving in truck “no-zones.”
Truckers spend long hours behind the wheel, which means a greater likelihood of fatigue. Driver fatigue increases the risk of falling asleep while driving, and also leads to impaired reaction times and decision-making skills. Even with FMCSA hours-of-service regulations, truckers may ignore mandatory rests or attempt to alter their logs if they miss a break.
Issues with the Vehicle
Truck drivers and their parent companies are required to perform maintenance. This ensures individual trucks and the entire fleet are in good condition. Many types of mechanical issues can contribute to a truck accident, such as brake defects, improper loading, bad tires, and lack of repairs. Our Oklahoma City truck accident lawyers can determine whether to hold the manufacturer of a certain auto part responsible or seek compensation from the trucking company or driver.
Weather and Road Conditions
Environmental changes can make truck accidents more likely. Rain, snow, ice, debris, or poorly maintained roads require more careful driving. The road or weather condition that caused your truck accident may affect who we can hold responsible. We have connections with experts in accident recreation who can investigate the root cause of your truck crash and help us seek compensation from the right party.
Trucking Company Negligence
The trucking industry is subject to various rules and regulations intended to promote the safety of truck drivers and other vehicles on the road. Unfortunately, commercial truck companies often ignore these regulations to improve their bottom line. Reckless corporate behaviors can lead to accidents, including the failure to provide adequate training, unrealistic schedules that encourage unnecessary risks, and a refusal to repair and maintain a fleet of trucks.
Do You Need Legal Help After a Truck Accident? Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers Today
With more than four decades practicing law, our Oklahoma City truck accident lawyers can investigate records, obtain documentation and witness statements, and parse the complexities of FMCSA regulations. These factors can provide crucial evidence that can dramatically swing a case in your favor. We encourage you to schedule a legal consultation online to discuss your case.
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Damages and Compensation in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
Compensatory damages are intended to cover material and financial losses related to the truck accident. This includes property damage, medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. If a close family member was killed, you may be entitled to wrongful death damages for losses, such as funeral expenses.
In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded in addition to compensatory damages. Punitive damages are a deterrent to gross negligence or willful misconduct by trucking companies. These damages are determined by the egregious circumstances of the truck accident rather than any material losses.
Loss of Consortium
Loss of consortium is another type of non-economic damage that may be sought after truck accidents. It refers to the loss of companionship and related benefits following a person's catastrophic injury or death. Loss of consortium is often sought by spouses whose loved one died or suffered debilitating trauma.
Legal Settlements in a Truck Accident Case
The majority of trucking accidents are settled out of court. This keeps the details of the case confidential, and allows accident victims to collect a monetary award from trucking companies and other liable parties. Our Oklahoma City truck accident attorneys will help negotiate a fair settlement that accounts for the circumstances of the collision and its longterm effects on your household.
At Tawwater Law Firm, we represent the people of Oklahoma,
and never big business, insurance companies,
or those who injure fellow Oklahomans. Our Mission Statement