Trucking accidents are unfortunately common in Oklahoma and throughout the U.S. With I-40 and I-35 both passing through Oklahoma City, this area gets a lot of commercial traffic including semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, box trucks, and other large vehicles. When big trucks get into accidents, the resulting injuries and property damage can be catastrophic.
The Carr & Carr team has decades of experience advocating for victims of Oklahoma trucking accidents. We help them recover monetary damages to reduce the strain of medical bills and lost income. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a trucking accident, call our Oklahoma City office at 888-572-1159 or schedule a consultation online.
Trucking Accident Statistics in Oklahoma
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), there were a total of 4,784 crashes in the state in 2020 (the most recent year for which data is available) that involved large trucks. Those crashes resulted in 75 fatalities and 1,563 injuries.
National Trucking Accident Statistics
Data from the National Safety Council indicates that in 2020, large trucks accounted for 9 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes despite the fact that they were only 4 percent of all registered vehicles. In the same year, 107,000 large trucks were involved in injury crashes throughout the U.S.
Nationally, most fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2020 occurred in rural areas, on non-interstate roads, and during the day. The highest number of crashes happened in October, and April had the fewest large truck crashes.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents in Oklahoma
According to the OHSO, 29 percent of the truck crashes that happened in Oklahoma in 2020 occurred on interstate highways. Additionally, 24 percent of large truck crashes happened on city streets, and 13.1 percent occurred on county roads. The majority of large truck crashes (approximately 70 percent) involved two vehicles.
The OHSO also provides details about the causes of trucking accidents in the state. For truck drivers, the most common factors that contribute to an accident are the following:
- Improper act/movement (e.g. improper backing, failure to signal, improperly secured load, sleepiness, etc.)
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failure to pay attention
- Improper turning
For drivers of other vehicles that were involved in large truck crashes, these were the most common contributing factors:
- Failure to yield
- Unsafe lane changes
- Improper act/movement (e.g. ignoring warning signals, sleepiness, failure to signal, etc.)
When it comes to injuries and fatalities in large truck accidents, it often doesn’t matter who was at fault for the accident. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, passenger vehicle occupants account for most deaths in large truck crashes, simply because trucks have a higher clearance and weigh significantly more.
Trucking Accident Injuries
Truck crashes can cause a wide variety of severe injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Contusions and internal bleeding
- Soft tissue damage
In these types of accidents, pedestrians and occupants of passenger vehicles have a greater risk of injury than occupants of large trucks.
Compensation claims for large truck accidents can be complicated because there are several potentially liable parties. The truck driver, the transportation company, the truck maintenance provider, the cargo crew, and/or the manufacturer of the truck’s parts could be liable. An experienced truck accident attorney can simplify the claims process and help victims understand their options for seeking compensation.
Call Carr & Carr After a Trucking Accident in Oklahoma
Trucking accidents can be devastating, especially for pedestrians and occupants of smaller vehicles. Liable parties and their insurance providers frequently offer low-ball settlements that aren’t enough to cover the financial and emotional consequences that the victims experience. In many cases, the only way to get fair compensation is through a personal injury claim.
At Carr & Carr, we are dedicated to helping Oklahoma residents who have been impacted by trucking accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed, contact our office to learn what legal options you have for pursuing a claim. You can schedule a free consultation online or call our Oklahoma City office at 888-572-1159.
One person is dead and another is critically injured in Logan County after three-car wreck involving a semi-truck.
45-year-old Gayle Lynn Lanoy of Piedmont was westbound on Oklahoma 33 in a 2021 Toyota 4Runner about 8:30 a.m. when she attempted a legal stop on the two-lane stretch of highway to make a left turn.
A westbound tractor-trailer rig driven by a 57-year-old Oklahoma man struck the 4Runner, the report states, and Lanoy’s vehicle then crossed into the path of a 2017 GMC pickup. Lanoy was ejected about 30 feet when the eastbound pickup struck her vehicle, troopers said.
Lanoy was pronounced dead at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was initially taken to Mercy Medical Center in Guthrie but was later flown to the OKC hospital. She died from head, arm, leg and internal and external torso injuries, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials.
The driver of the pickup, a 39-year-old Edmond man, was pinned about a half hour before being extricated by Guthrie firefighters. He was also transported by air to an Oklahoma City hospital; troopers report he was in critical condition.
The driver of the tractor-trailer rig was not injured.
The cause of the crash and further details remain under investigation, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s preliminary collision report.
Our semi-truck accident lawyers understand the distinct needs and challenges faced by injury victims, and our law firm has built a record of success spanning more than 45years based on our legal experience and individualized dedication to our clients. Our goal is to hold semi-truck companies accountable and provide justice for the victims. We have a successful track record as demonstrated in our results page. Call us today for a free consultation at 866-510-0580 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Truck accidents can be more dangerous, destructive and fatal compared to crashes involving regular non-commercial vehicles. The impact of a truck accident can be devastating, and the costs can be much higher.
Nationwide, over 5,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2018. That’s an 8% increase from 2016 to 2018. Unfortunately, truck accidents in Oklahoma were on the rise in recent years, too. In 2017, there were 5,540 large truck accidents in Oklahoma alone. Oklahoma’s State Highway 9 is even deemed one of the most dangerous highways in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you were injured or a loved one died as a result of a truck accident in Oklahoma, the team of attorneys at Carr & Carr are here to help. Please call our office at 866-510-0580 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with an experienced attorney on our team.Continue reading “How to File a Truck Accident Claim”
Accidents involving large commercial vehicles or semi-trucks are dangerous due to their size and weight.
But in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, some trucking regulations are being lifted or even changed, which may increase the risk of trucking accidents.
We’re dedicated to helping truck accident victims and providing accurate, up to date information on trucking accidents. We’ve put together answers to frequently asked questions on trucking accidents below.Continue reading “Common Questions About Truck Accidents”
Accidents involving large trucks like semis often result in severe, life-changing injuries or death to passenger vehicle occupants.
On average, large truck crashes cause more than 70,000 injuries and more than 4,000 fatalities each year in the United States.Continue reading “Large Truck Accidents in Oklahoma On The Rise”
One of the staples of driving on the Oklahoma highway is seeing the remnants of a blown tire scattered across the road. Called “road gators,” people sometimes have to maneuver to avoid running over them. The fact is many of these road gators are the result of a truck tire blowout. Another fact is that these blown tires, often due to defects in the tire itself, are a very serious hazard that can result in collisions with injuries or death. However, it isn’t only drivers of automobiles that need to be aware of the debris on the road, but truck drivers who may lose more than one tire at a time. Continue reading “Blown Truck Tires Can Lead to Tragic Accidents”