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Delivery Truck Collisions in Tulsa

Posted onMay 13, 2020

Despite many people trying to stay at home and avoid unnecessary contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, you will still see many trucks on the roads and highways. These include box trucks, semi-trucks, and other tractor-trailers who are still transporting goods and making deliveries across Oklahoma and the United States.

Our grocery stores need to be stocked on a regular basis, especially with more households focusing on home-cooked meals in recent months. In addition, many people are avoiding the store by shopping online, and these packages need to be delivered to homes. This means that delivery trucks of all kinds are out on the streets in full force, and the risks of delivery truck accidents are very real. 

In Your Neighborhood

Amazon and other online shopping forums and stores are highly convenient – particularly during these uncertain times when even going to the store can be considered risky. This means that there are box trucks from Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and other delivery services traversing our residential neighborhoods to deliver our orders right to our front doors. 

While box trucks are smaller than semi-trucks, they are not necessarily much easier to maneuver. Box trucks are not articulated vehicles, meaning the storage area is fully connected to the cab of a box truck. Drivers need to be careful on turns and need additional space to turn or reverse. These trucks also have significant blind spots, and drivers can easily miss a smaller car that is adjacent to or behind the box truck.

Box trucks can cause many accidents in residential areas, including:

  • Rollovers from taking turns too fast or hitting a curb
  • The back end of a turning truck colliding with another vehicle
  • Back-up accidents/li>
  • Lane change collisions due to blind spots
  • Fatigued driving accidents from drivers working long hours
  • Distracted driving accidents as drivers look for the right delivery location
  • Hitting bicyclists or pedestrians – especially small children playing outside

Larger semi-trucks can also be in residential areas while making deliveries to stores. These trucks can cause the same types of accidents mentioned above, but they are much larger and heavier, so they can cause extensive damage and injuries in a crash. 

Highway Truck Accidents

Truck drivers use our interstate highway systems to transport goods, and they are far from the only vehicles on the highway. If you must take the interstate to get to your destination, it is likely you will be driving next to one or more semi-trucks. These trucks pose the risk of very serious crashes and injuries.

Semi-truck accidents can happen for many different reasons, including:

  • Distracted truck drivers
  • Fatigue and hours-of-service violations
  • Impaired truck drivers
  • Failure to check blind spots, known as “no-zones”
  • Inadequate truck maintenance
  • Cargo loading mistakes
  • >Violations of traffic laws or federal regulations

When a semi-truck collides with a smaller vehicle, extensive damage and injuries can occur. These trucks can weigh up to 80,000 when fully-loaded, as many are these days. Compare that to a passenger vehicle that weighs a few thousand pounds, and it should be no surprise that people can be seriously or fatally injured in truck crashes.

Who is Liable for a Delivery Truck Accident?

Truck accident victims can often file insurance claims seeking compensation for medical bills, lost income, and more. In order to file the right insurance claims, you must first determine which parties should be held liable for your injuries. These parties might include:

  • The truck driver, as driver error is a common cause of crashes
  • The trucking company, which can be liable for the negligence of driver-employees or for the company’s negligent hiring, driver supervision, or truck maintenance
  • The truck manufacturer, which might have provided a defective truck part
  • Third-party cargo loading crew or truck maintenance companies

The insurance process is never easy, particularly when it is against a large corporation’s insurer. You want the right attorney on your side who can handle complex and challenging truck accident claims. 

Consult with Our Tulsa Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you are in a delivery truck accident, contact a Tulsa truck accident attorney from Wandres Law, PC. We help clients obtain the full compensation they deserve, so please call (918) 641-4044 or contact us online for a free case evaluation right away.

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