Driving is part of our everyday lives. In Oklahoma, we're blessed with lots of open space, but that comes with a need for highways to connect different cities and parts of the state. The number of highways that cross Oklahoma qualifies as one of the top 20 states throughout the country for total highway miles. While this may be convenient for our daily commutes, it also means our state experiences a high volume of large truck traffic.
Semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and 18-wheelers all fall within the same category of large, unnerving vehicles. While they play an important part in our nation's economy, it can be scary to find yourself driving next to one — and understandably so. These types of trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as an average passenger vehicle, and when involved in a crash, can cause serious damage. In 2017, 97% of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck were occupants of the passenger vehicles.
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
Though not all truck accidents are fatal, they often have serious consequences for the injured. There are a number of reasons as to why such accidents can occur, including:
- Driver fatigue
- Inadequate operations training or vehicle maintenance
- Changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck
- Road conditions
- Distracted driving
And that’s just to name a few. Even the most seemingly minor driving errors, such as failing to signal before passing or not accelerating sufficiently, can result in a catastrophic accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Oklahoma, you need the heavy-hitters® at the Law Offices of Jeff Martin on your side. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we can help you uncover the cause of your accident and fight for due compensation to cover the costs of recovery for your injuries.