Oklahoma Truck Accidents
Located in the midst of America’s Great Plains, Oklahoma is home to crucial routes for products traveling from coast to coast. Although highways in Oklahoma may be wide and open in rural parts of the state, commercial trucks that pass through or near population centers like Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and the surrounding suburban areas can encounter significant traffic. If these commercial drivers are not careful, a mistake or lapse in judgment can lead to disaster, including severe or even fatal injuries for unsuspecting occupants of nearby passenger vehicles.
Zinda Law Group cannot undo the injuries and pain of your Oklahoma truck accident, but we are dedicated to helping you and your family recover financial compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and anguish, and other losses and expenses. Speak with us today about your Oklahoma truck crash and what legal options are available to you.
Succeeding in Your Oklahoma Truck Crash
Being struck by an 18-wheeler, semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or other type of commercial vehicle does not automatically entitle you to a financial compensation award. Instead, you must file and succeed in presenting an Oklahoma truck accident lawsuit before the judge will enter an order directing the truck driver or the truck driver’s employer to pay you compensation. In order to accomplish this, you will need to prove through evidence and testimony that:
- The truck driver owed you a “duty of care.” All this requires is a showing that the truck driver had a legal obligation to behave or act in a certain way under the circumstances. This is usually an easy element to prove, as the law presumes that every driver, commercial or otherwise, owes every other driver on the road a duty to operate their car in a careful and reasonable manner under the circumstances.
- The truck driver breached this duty of care. Next, you must establish that the truck driver involved in your crash failed to carry out this duty, in that they behaved in a careless or reckless manner under the circumstances. Violations of traffic laws or other rules and regulations governing the operation of a commercial vehicle are almost always considered evidence of negligence. In addition, a person behaves in a negligent or careless manner when they act contrary to the way in which any other reasonable person would have acted under the same circumstances.
- The truck driver’s careless behavior caused your injuries. Thirdly, the evidence and testimony must show that the truck driver’s behavior was the predominate cause of the crash and your resulting injuries. If your own careless behavior was the primary cause of your injuries, you may not be entitled to recover any compensation at all in Oklahoma.
- You incurred expenses or injuries that can be compensated with a monetary damages award. Finally, you must be able to present the court with a request for an amount of money that is adequate to compensate you for your past and future expenses and losses.
Get Help from Experienced 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers
Locating the evidence and witnesses you will need to prevail in your Oklahoma truck accident case–and then knowing how to use such evidence and testimony effectively in and out of court–takes tremendous legal skill and resources. At Zinda Law Group, our trucking accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you seek the maximum recovery for your claim. Call us today at 800-863-5312 for a 100% free legal consultation.