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Investigating the Cause of a Truck Accident

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When you drive past a recent semi-truck accident, it is generally a devastating scene. Vehicles involved may be smashed, debris from vehicle damage may be strewn across the road, the truck’s cargo might have spilled, and more. Emergency workers might be putting out fires, prying victims from vehicles with the “jaws of life,” or loading them into ambulances. It is often a haunting and complicated picture.

While most people might quickly pass by and glance at the scene, it is the job of others to closely examine each aspect of the aftermath of the accident. This is because determining the specific cause of the truck crash is extremely important for many reasons, such as:

  • Identifying whether a driver violated the law
  • Determining whether third parties – like the trucking company – were negligent
  • Examining whether external conditions – such as road or weather conditions – played a role in the crash

Pinpointing who or what was responsible for the truck accident is critical to improve safety, sanction dangerous drivers or companies, and to ensure that truck accident victims are able to hold the right parties fully liable for their losses. If you’ve been injured in a commercial truck crash, you should contact an experienced Tulsa truck accident attorney you can trust right away.

Surprising Causes of Truck Accidents

Many people assume that truck drivers are to blame for semi-truck crashes, though this is not always the case. For example, in a recent accident in Tulsa, police made an arrest following a terrifying truck accident – but it was not the truck driver.

According to reports, a semi-truck was traveling across a bridge on I-44 when an SUV crashed into the truck. The impact caused the truck driver to lose control, and the truck rolled over several times. Law enforcement officers arrested the driver of the SUV for driving under the influence (DUI) and leaving the scene of the accident.

This is only one example of how truck accident cases are not always as straightforward as they might seem. It is important to identify the parties who are responsible so they can be held liable for the losses of victims.

Complex Investigations

There are many different causes of truck accidents that should be considered in each investigation, including:

  1. Truck driver error, including driver fatigue, inattentiveness, speed, following too closely, or other moving violations
  2. Negligent hiring or supervision of drivers
  3. Negligent maintenance of trucks
  4. Improper cargo loading
  5. Truck defects and malfunctions
  6. Road hazards
  7. Third-party drivers

In some situations, the main cause of the crash might be immediately apparent, such as if a truck driver stumbles out of the cab after a crash, clearly intoxicated. However, in most cases, it takes more work to be able to prove liability for a crash.

Some investigative tactics might include the following and more:

  • Examining the physical scene of the accident, including damage, debris, tire and skid marks, and more
  • Getting data from the truck’s “black box,” or electronic control module, which is similar to the black box in an airplane or train, that can give information about speed, braking, and more prior to the crash
  • Seeing whether the truck had dash cameras, which might be facing the road and/or the driver, which can give insight into what happened
  • Reviewing truck driver logs to identify whether the driver had violated hours of service restrictions
  • Reviewing the results of blood alcohol content (BAC) and drug testing of the driver
  • Learning whether the truck driver or other parties were cited or arrested for violations
  • Speaking with witnesses who saw the accident happen
  • Obtaining police reports
  • Reviewing records from the trucking company regarding truck inspections and maintenance history
  • Obtaining the results of any investigations conducted by local law enforcement or federal trucking agencies
  • Seeking help from a professional accident reconstruction expert

As you can see, a lot can go into a truck accident investigation. You want to make sure you have a law firm on your side with the resources to identify the parties you can hold liable for your injuries and losses.

Contact an Experienced Tulsa Truck Accident Attorney for Help

At Wandres Law, PC, we know how complex truck accident claims can be. We can handle the investigation process and claims against multiple parties if needed to protect our clients’ rights, and obtain the compensation our clients deserve. Call (918) 641-4044 or contact us online to learn how a Tulsa truck accident lawyer can help you.

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Crash between truck, agricultural sprayer leaves Sentinel man dead

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Washita County, OK (October 7, 2019) – The OHP is investigating after the driver of an agricultural sprayer failed to yield at a stop sign and hit a truck, killing the driver.

It happened Monday night on SH 55 and County Road 2160, just east of Sentinel, OK in Washita County.

Officials say the driver of the sprayer failed to yield at the stop sign and drove into the path of 57-year-old Sentinel resident, John King.

King was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the sprayer was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Our condolences go out to Mr. King’s family.

Collisions in Oklahoma

Each day across Oklahoma, accidents, and negligence cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one have been the victim of a personal injury, it can be very difficult to navigate the legal process on your own.  To compound matters, insurance companies get involved in your case with the sole purpose of paying you the lowest amount of money as legally possible.  These insurance companies have lawyers and will use them to gain every advantage to accomplish this purpose.  The is also a time frame to file a personal injury lawsuit which is why it is convenient to hire Wandres Law, PC.  For a free consultation or to speak with an attorney, send us an email or call us at (918) 641-4044.

Note: Information provided in these posts comes from outside sources.  Details have not been independently confirmed by us.  If you notice any information that in not correct, please contact us as soon as possible so we can correct it.

 

Related: What are the most common reasons for truck accidents in Oklahoma?

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Grady Co. volunteer firefighter killed in crash near Fort Cobb

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Caddo County, OK (September 13, 2019) – Grady County Fire Department officials confirm a volunteer firefighter was killed in an off-duty crash near Fort Cobb.

It happened around 1:30 Thursday afternoon.

According to the Grady County Fire Department Facebook page, 21-year-old Acme Firefighter Jeffrey Blaine Alexander of Marlow was killed in the crash.

Courtesy: Grady County Fire Department

According to law enforcement, a semi was traveling eastbound on County Road 1380. Alexander was driving a pickup truck traveling northbound on County Street 2550.

The semi truck failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the pickup. The semi overturned and landed on the passenger side. The pickup rotated and left the road to the right.

Alexander was ejected and pinned under the trailer of the semi.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Apache EMS. The driver of the semi as well as a passenger in the pickup were not injured.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Alexander’s family and the entire Grady County Fire Department.

Collisions in Oklahoma

Each day across Oklahoma, accidents, and negligence cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one have been the victim of a personal injury, it can be very difficult to navigate the legal process on your own.  To compound matters, insurance companies get involved in your case with the sole purpose of paying you the lowest amount of money as legally possible.  These insurance companies have lawyers and will use them to gain every advantage to accomplish this purpose.  The is also a time frame to file a personal injury lawsuit which is why it is convenient to hire Wandres Law, PC.  For a free consultation or to speak with an attorney, send us an email or call us at (918) 641-4044.

Note: Information provided in these posts comes from outside sources. Details have not been independently confirmed by us.  If you notice any information that in not correct, please contact us as soon as possible so we can correct it.

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Stigler Man Dies After Crash with Semi Truck

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Haskell County, OK (August 15, 2019) – A Stigler man dies nearly two weeks after a crash with a tractor-trailer.

55-year-old John David Thompson was driving his Ford pickup when the driver of a tractor-trailer ran the stop sign on Oklahoma 9.

Authorities say 58-year-old Feliciano Rosas was driving a Freightliner when he ran a stop sign and T-boned Thompson’s pickup.  Thompson was pinned in the pickup for almost 20 minutes before being airlifted to St. Francis in Tulsa, where he was admitted in critical condition.  Thompson died August 27.

The two passengers, Steven Ishcomer of Oklahoma City and Virginia Doge of Ada were taken to a McAlester hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Thompson’s family.

Collisions in Oklahoma

Each day across Oklahoma, accidents, and negligence cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one have been the victim of a personal injury, it can be very difficult to navigate the legal process on your own.  To compound matters, insurance companies get involved in your case with the sole purpose of paying you the lowest amount of money as legally possible.  These insurance companies have lawyers and will use them to gain every advantage to accomplish this purpose.  The is also a time frame to file a personal injury lawsuit which is why it is convenient to hire Wandres Law, PC.  For a free consultation or to speak with an attorney, send us an email or call us at (918) 641-4044.

Note: Information provided in these posts comes from outside sources. Details have not been independently confirmed by us.  If you notice any information that in not correct, please contact us as soon as possible so we can correct it.

 

Related Post: What are the most common reasons for truck accidents in Tulsa, Oklahoma?

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What are the most common reasons for truck accidents in Tulsa, Oklahoma?

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As per fatality statistics from the Truck Safety Coalition, OK recorded the third-highest wrongful deaths arising from truck crashes in 2009. Nationwide, 3,765 U.S. citizens lost their lives because of truck-related accidents in 2010. The number of wrongful deaths included the 7%of fatalities caused by 18 wheeler trucks. In Oklahoma, there are well over 5,000 accidents involving large trucks each year. Even though commercial vehicles are only responsible for a small minority of accidents (around 3%), the effects of these types of crashes are often devastating.

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Don’t try to handle your truck accident on your own. Make sure you have an experienced Tulsa truck accident lawyer who can work with you and help you hold truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for their actions. Contact Wandres Law, PC to get the compensation you deserve.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports the following as the primary most common causes for truck accidents in Oklahoma:

1. Poorly-maintained commercial trucks:

Sometimes, owners of trucks fail to repair and maintain their vehicles. The people who own the truck itself are responsible for ensuring it works well and doesn’t have any serious faults. They are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their vehicles. Consequently, tire blowouts, equipment failure, or faulty brakes can lead to misfortunes on the road.

2. Fatigued or drowsy driving:

Although federal regulations on the number of hours truck drivers should work per week exist, being on the steering wheel for long hours and lack of enough sleep still contributes to accidents. Driving when fatigued is almost as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Drowsy driving factors in around 20% of all fatal crashes.

3. Intoxication:

Taking charge of an auto while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Truck drivers must be drug tested after a fatal accident.

4. Distracted driving:

When drivers text or use cell phones and steer large vehicles simultaneously. Other forms of inattentive motoring include waving, reading newspapers, eating or drinking.

Overloading of 18 wheelers, improper merging on the road, unsafe driving practices, changing lanes frequently, the failure to follow blind spots rules cause accidents too.

5. Rollovers; The deadliest truck accidents:

Rollover and tip-over accidents are the most dangerous truck accidents because of the serious injuries and deaths they cause. Their shape and high center of gravity makes trucks very susceptible to tipping.  These accidents can become even more catastrophic if the truck is carrying chemicals or other hazardous materials that spill onto the highway.

Help for Tulsa, Oklahoma Truck Accident Victims

Tulsa is among the regions semi-trucks and huge commercial vehicles ply. There is frequent truck traffic on the I-35, Cimarron Turnpike, Creek Turnpike, I-244, I-I44, I-40, State Highway 75, Indian Nation Turnpike State Highway 169, and Turner Turnpike among other roads.

The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Wandres Law understand the devastation families feel after the death a loved one in truck crashes. If you suffer commercial vehicle-related injuries or property damage, contact the Wandres Law to know your legal rights, free case evaluation, and advice on how to claim compensatory damages on the toll-free line 800-ASK-WLAW or local phone number (918) 641-4044.

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