There are numerous reasons for why accidents involving trucks abound in Oklahoma however, the main cause is due to the high number of trucks that frequent its numerous and expansive highways. As experienced Oklahoma trucking accident attorneys, we have seen a lot of cases that occur due to the full or partial fault of the driver. Usually, driver fault occurs in the following ways:
- Sleep deprivation and driver fatigue. Often times, sleep deprivation and fatigue are the primary causes of trucking accidents in Oklahoma. Specifically, some truck driving companies require drivers to accept unreasonable schedules, which could include taking late night shifts to which they are otherwise unaccustomed. Other companies also require a driver (and often pay them extra), after having been on the road for several hours, to unload the contents of their truck, which can also be extremely grueling and lead to exhaustion. Driver fatigue can also be caused by truckers who want to make as much money as possible. For instance, many truck drivers are compensated by the mile and as such, the farther they push themselves to go, the more money they will make.
- Speeding. Speeding is undoubtedly a major cause of trucking accidents within the State of Oklahoma as well as across the United States. The most risky part of speeding while driving a truck is the fact that you cannot stop as easily as other vehicles, such as small cars and motorcycles. As such, it is important to watch your speed while trucking, as the inability to stop can lead to serious and often life-threatening collisions.
- Driver distraction. Truckers, like anyone else, fall prey to the numerous distractions that can affect a driver, such as talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, smoking or listening to a dispatch radio.
- Impaired driving. Numerous collisions arise when truckers decide to drink and drive or, if they take illegal or prescription medications. It goes without saying that this can create a serious risk to others on the road as well as the truck driver himself/herself.
In order to reduce the likelihood of accidents caused by the above, Oklahoma law provides rather strict laws geared towards addressing these very serious issues. Only a skilled Oklahoma trucking accident attorney can advise you as to your legal options in this regard as well as the nature and extent of your rights and responsibilities. If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Oklahoma, give us a call now at (405) 295-1924 to maximize your chances of obtaining the compensation that you deserve.