It is about that time of year when harsh weather conditions can cause unexpected driving complications, leading to an influx of accidents. Drivers are cautioned to take extra care on the roads, which may be wet or frozen, as the state’s Department of Public Safety has noted that driving conditions are rapidly growing worse. Even though there are crews on scene attempting to treat slick spots, certain areas such as bridges and overpasses remain dangerous to travel through.
Multiple accidents have highlighted the start of the new year in Oklahoma City, including a three-vehicle accident consisting of two semi-trucks, which shut down the site of the accident for nearly three hours. Another semi-truck accident occurred in the metro area, blocking early morning traffic. A third truck accident occurred in Yukon, with the truck sliding off the road as it attempted to slow down. The truck crashed and caught fire, resulting in two people being hospitalized.
This is the unfortunate and frightening reality of these harsh weather conditions: even if you take reasonable precautions to compensate for the difficult driving circumstances, other drivers may not. Truck drivers are often on a tight schedule that does not allow for weather delays, meaning that truck drivers may drive less defensively than they should in order to meet their deadlines. These aggressive drivers could easily lose control of the large vehicles on the slippery roads and cause a truck accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Proving fault on the truck driver or the company that employs the driver could lead to a successful lawsuit that sees you compensated for any injuries you may have suffered in the accident.