Truck Accidents Can Be Catastrophic — Attorney Jeff Martin Investigates, Demands Answers
Truck accidents involving large 18-wheelers and automobiles are among the most serious and deadliest in the nation. Tractor-trailer crashes often result in severe injury. If you are involved in a wreck with a large truck, you will need strong, aggressive representation from a truck accident attorney who has a thorough understanding of commercial vehicle regulations. At the Law Offices of Jeff Martin, we work hard to learn how truck accidents happen and determine who is liable. We do this by investigating the truck company thoroughly, as well as looking at police reports and witness statements.
We have seen truck accidents in Oklahoma caused by driver fatigue, with companies violating hours of service regulations routinely. Trucking companies, however, are only required to maintain many of those records for six months. Without obtaining those records before they are destroyed, the injured person or survivors of a person killed in an 18-wheeler wreck has a much more difficult time proving the trucking company's negligence.
How Truck Accidents Can Lead to Fatalities
Consider the following statistics from 2007:
- One out of nine traffic fatalities resulted from a collision involving a large truck.
- 413,000 large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic crashes in the United States; 4,584 were involved in fatal crashes.
- Large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 4 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes.
- Seventy-five percent (75%) of fatalities in large truck crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crash. Only 17% of fatalities involved drivers or occupants of large trucks.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer with Our Firm
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact the Law Offices of Jeff Martin, serving Tulsa and all of Oklahoma. Remember, your initial consultation is free, and you don't pay unless we win. Call us today in Tulsa area at 728-8888 or use our toll free number 800-980-9205.