With decades of combined legal experience, Smith Simmons, PLLC provides diligent legal services to clients who have suffered injuries in a commercial truck accident. We are committed to providing the best possible representation on behalf of our clients, and will work tirelessly as you pursue the greatest amount of compensation from those responsible. Contact us today to request an initial consultation.
Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. This makes them incredibly dangerous. Accidents involving passenger vehicles and commercial trucks often result in serious injuries or even death. Truck drivers and trucking companies have a responsibility to follow the federal trucking regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If they fail to do so, and you are harmed as a result, you have the right to pursue justice in a personal injury lawsuit.
Who may be liable in a commercial semi-truck accident?
According to the FMCSA guidelines, truckers are required to inspect their vehicles before every trip. Furthermore, they must only travel a certain number of hours per week, and take mandatory rest breaks. They must also abide by federal and state traffic laws, and drive responsibly. Speeding, failing to use turn signals, and driving while drunk or drowsy will make the driver liable for a crash.
Furthermore, the trucking company must abide by strict hiring practices and ensure their truck drivers are trained and qualified for transporting cargo on U.S. roadways. If the trucking company fails to screen its drivers, or encourages its drivers to speed or drive longer than allowed in order to meet shipping deadlines, they may be held accountable in court for an accident.
In some cases, trucking companies will hire separate maintenance crews to inspect and repair commercial vehicles. If the maintenance crew in charge of servicing a commercial truck installs equipment improperly or negligently fails to fix an issue with a mechanical component, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them. The same goes for cargo loading companies. These companies must perform accurate and safe cargo loading procedures to ensure a load is not overweight or imbalanced. If improperly loaded cargo caused your crash, you can file a claim against the responsible party to seek compensation.
Smith Simmons, PLLC has guided numerous clients to successful legal outcomes in a variety of complex cases. If you or a loved one have been injured in a semi-truck wreck, our Oklahoma City civil litigation attorneys can determine an effective legal strategy for your case. We will negotiate with the insurance company and represent you in litigation if necessary.
Contact our firm today to discuss your situation with one of our compassionate Oklahoma City truck accident lawyers.