U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) estimates that for every 100 million miles driven on United States highways, there are approximately two deaths and 60 injuries caused by eighteen-wheeler or larger semi-trucks. Accidents involving big rigs are almost always more catastrophic than an ordinary car accident. Compared to an average passenger vehicle which weighs around 3,000 pounds, a loaded large commercial truck weighs 80,000 pounds or more. Serious injury and even fatality is difficult to avoid with that type of size difference. Thankfully, the number of fatal truck accidents has decreased in the past few years. However, large truck accidents occur every day.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact Blake Hayes today wants to provide you the legal service that you need. Contact him online or at (918) 392-4641 to schedule your initial consultation.
Oklahoma highways are no stranger to semi-truck accidents. With major thorough fares traveling both east-and-west and north-and-south, we have a tremendous number of trucks on our highways daily. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident involving a commercial truck, you should ensure you fully know your rights by hiring an experienced Tulsa, OK Truck Accident Attorney.
Mandates Specific to Trucking Companies
Under Title 49 of the U.S. Code, USDOT National Traffic Safety Administration mandates that trucking companies and their employed or contracted drivers follow specific accident prevention policies and procedures. Drivers’ hours of service, drivers’ hours of rest, vehicle inspections, and repair and maintenance must all be recorded and kept in special logs. There are also statutes mandating the time frames that these logs must be kept for company and driver records.
Identifying Potential Defendants
Trucking companies, employers, contractors and insurance companies may all hold some responsibility in an accident involving a large commercial truck. Only a lawyer with extensive experience knows the details of identifying each potential defendant. At The Hayes Law Firm, we will help you receive all the compensation you need to recover completely from a truck accident.
One of the most complex areas of a claim is assessing damages because it is difficult to assign a dollar value to injuries that include disfigurement, pain and suffering, emotional stress, medical bills, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, paralysis or even death. No amount of compensation can replace the loss of someone in your family, but financial stability will help you recover and live as normally as possible. Blake Hayes has compassion and experience in assessing damages.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Securing Legal Help after a Truck Accident
In the event that you or one of your loved ones is involved in a truck accident in Tulsa, OK, or a surrounding community, securing the right attorney will greatly improve your ability to receive full compensation for your entire medical, rehabilitation and emotional needs. Meet with Truck Accident Attorney Blake Hayes as quickly as feasible after experiencing an accident involving a commercial truck. We have the compassion and concern to meet your needs.
Contact Blake Hayes today online or by calling (918) 392-4641 to schedule your initial consultation.