According to statistics from the Truck Safety Coalition, the state of Oklahoma has reported the third highest number of wrongful death suits due to tractor-trailer accidents in the United States. In 2010, there were 3,765 deaths throughout the entire country due to accidents in which tractor-trailers were involved. Here in Oklahoma, there are over 5,000 accidents involving these types of trucks every single year, all of them resulting in varying degrees of injury and some of them ending in death. While this number of traffic accidents involving these huge trucks might sound like a lot, it actually only accounts for around 3% of all total accidents in the state each year. These reason that collisions involving tractor-trailers are so feared by motorists is because of the devastating nature of any incident involving these multi-ton monsters.
- In 2013, roughly 338,000 crashes occurred that involved tractor-trailers
- 3,906 of those were fatal to at least one person involved
- 73,000 of those accidents involved some degree of injury to at least one person involved
- 265,000 of those accidents resulted in some degree of property damage
It is important that you do not try to handle a case involving a negligent tractor-trailer driver all by yourself. You need to get in touch with an experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney as soon as possible in order to ensure the best outcome for yourself.
Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has collected data that points to the following as the most common reasons for accidents in Oklahoma that include tractor-trailers or any other type of extremely large commercial truck:
Fatigued or Drowsy Driving
In spite of the fact that the number of hours that truckers may spend behind the wheel in a day, and how much sleep they are to receive in a night is very heavily regulated, truckers are often offered incentives to get their cargo to where it is going as fast as possible, usually matching up to some borderline unreasonable time frame with an unofficial deadline that has not been noted anywhere. Even when drivers are well rested, spending countless hours behind the wheel watching all of those other cars and white lines on the road zip by one after one after one can induce a state of almost hypnotic drowsiness and cause a driver to nod off behind the wheel.
This is scary enough in a traditional passenger car but when you are responsible for a huge 18 wheeler that weighs hundreds of tons and is flying down the road at an extremely high rate of speed, the resulting collision will most likely be life-altering for the people involved in that particular crash. Drowsy driving accounts for approximately 20% of all fatal crashes involving tractor-trailers which is no great surprise when you learn that studies show that operating any motor vehicle when you are drowsy is almost exactly the same as driving when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a traffic accident with a tractor-trailer and you have reason to suspect that the driver was falling asleep at the wheel, then please reach out to us here at the McGuire Law Firm in Oklahoma. We have the necessary years of experience and legal savvy to get you any compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your accident. Remember, these truckers have companies backing them and those companies have teams of lawyers and insurance agents. You do not have to go through this ordeal alone. If you would like a free consultation regarding your personal injury claim, then please give us a call at (405) 513-5658 as soon as you possibly can so we can tell you what we are able to do for you.