Grady County, Oklahoma (November 27, 2017): A semi-truck driver was killed in a single-vehicle rollover wreck on U.S. Route 81 late Tuesday night, November 21, 2017. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and has determined that the accident occurred when the driver of the northbound semi-truck, 45-year-old Brian Atkins, swerved off the road to avoid crashing into tires that had detached from a southbound pickup truck and crossed over into the northbound lanes. The semi-truck overturned and Atkins was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the southbound pickup truck has not been identified.
Though the accident involved only one vehicle, the response was significant. Route 81 was shut down for more than three hours and response teams from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Grady County Sheriff’s Office, the Grady County Fire Department, the Grady County Emergency Medical Services, the Chickasha Fire Department, and the Chickasha Emergency Medical Services were all sent to the scene. No further information regarding the accident or the status of the investigation has been provided.
The entire staff at the McGuire Law Firm extends our deepest, heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, loved ones, and acquaintances of Brian Atkins. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be one of the leading causes of death and injury in America and the amount of time they spend on the road along with the massive size of the vehicles under their control puts semi-truck drivers uniquely at risk of suffering such a fate.
If you have lost someone you love in a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation and you deserve to have the best representation by your side. Call the McGuire Law Firm at 800-648-5198 to speak with one of our experienced semi-truck accident attorneys about your case today.