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Truck Driving Down a HighwayThe well-being of our nation’s entire economy is heavily dependent on interstate shipping.

For this reason, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and tractor trailer vehicles flood our highways and inherently pose dangers to the rest of us on the road.

These have the capability to weigh over 80,000 pounds and travel 80mph, but are highly limited in their abilities to maneuver and stop on command.

Can I Sue For Being Hit By A Semi Truck?

You can sue for being hit by a semi truck if there is evidence of reckless behavior by the truck driver that resulted in you sustaining serious injuries.

Pursuing legal action by civil litigation is recommended with a personal injury lawsuit, which is your best option for receiving any settlement.

These characteristics of commercial trucks make them automatically dangerous, and this is even before human error has a chance to step in and increase the level of danger posed on ordinary highway occupants.

If you or a loved one were injured in a commercial truck accident, our Oklahoma City truck accident lawyer wants to help you recover the compensation you and your family deserve.

Common causes of truck accidents in Oklahoma include:

  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Drunk driving or distracted driving
  • Improperly balanced load
  • Overloaded tractor trailers
  • Fatigued driving to meet deadlines
  • Malfunctioning parts on the truck

Truck drivers are under an enormous amount of pressure to meet deadlines, and this often influences their decision to violate the federal resting policies in place and fudge the information in their log books.

What Are Truck Driver Hours of Service Regulations in Oklahoma

All truck drivers are regulated by federal laws that determine when how long they can drive and when they must rest.

These laws are implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and exist in an effort to prevent overworking truck drivers and preventing accidents. Sometimes a trucking company will push their truck drivers past what they should be working resulting in accidents throughout Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The FMCSA rules that all truck drivers have a maximum working day of 14 hours. This includes rest and meal breaks. Once the 14-hour workday is completed truck drivers must rest for at least 10 hours. In this 14 hour workday, truck drivers are only permitted to drive a total of 11 hours. Furthermore, drivers must rest for a minimum of 30 minutes in the 11 hour driving period.

Truck drivers are also entitled to days off and must do so based on their company’s hours, this is referred to as the 60/70 rule. If a company is open seven days a week, a driver is allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period. Likewise, if a truck company is closed one to two days a week a driver can work up top 60 hours in a seven day period.

Once the maximum amount of hours for a week is reached a driver is required to take at least 34 consecutive hours off before returning to work.

Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident?

In average car accidents between two motorists, it's often easy to assign negligence because the drivers are likely the only involved parties capable of any wrongdoing. Many people assume that this same logic applies to trucking accidents—but they would sometimes be wrong.

Because commercial trucks are subject to safety regulations and industry standards, negligence in any type of crash is not always assigned to those behind the wheel in Oklahoma.

After a commercial truck accident, authorities will conduct an investigation to determine the cause. When people have suffered an injury, it is up to legal counsel to monitor this investigation, collect all relevant evidence and testimony, and craft a compelling case for compensation.

At the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote, our Oklahoma City truck accident lawyer can provide this diligence and ensure that our clients' claim to compensation is compellingly put forth before the law in Oklahoma.


Certainly, a truck driver can be responsible for an accident on the road. These professionals receive special training on operating a large commercial vehicle to keep themselves and others on the road safe.

Truck driver negligence can include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving (alcohol, fatigue, etc.)
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to check mirrors
  • Failure to obey traffic laws and signage

It's also important to note that truck driver employers can be found liable in these injury cases. These companies are responsible for meeting certain safety standards and best practices when maintaining their fleet of trucks. When these standards are not met, people can be hurt.

Shipping company negligence can include:

  • Failure to regularly inspect and maintain vehicles
  • Failure to properly load cargo
  • Failure to maintain a reasonable trucking schedule
  • Failure to properly train employees
  • Failure to hire qualified employees

Handling Your Semi-Truck Accident Claim

A semi-truck is a type of commercial vehicle that is used primarily to transport cargo and goods. It is called a semi-truck because it consists of a tractor (the part of the truck that holds the driver and the engine) and a semi-trailer.

The semi-trailer is called such because it does not have a front axle. The front of the semi-trailer attaches to the tractor and a portion of the cargo weight is therefore supported by the tractor's rear axles.

It can be difficult to handle a claim or lawsuit related to a semi-truck accident.

The reason for the difficulty lies with the fact that you will need to deal with the insurance company and often the trucking company that the semi-truck driver works for. These are often large corporations that may have an attorney or team of attorneys ready to counter your injury claim.

By involving an accident injury lawyer of your own who is experienced and has the resources to properly handle your case, however, you can help ensure that you have the greatest opportunity at a positive case result. This will make a significant difference in your ability to recover full financial damages for medical care, loss of earnings and more.

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If you want to seek the best possible outcome to your injury case, involving an Oklahoma city personal injury lawyer is crucial.

This is a legal matter and has the potential to become highly complex. You will need to prove the extent of your injuries in order to seek the fair financial compensation you need to rebuild your life, and an Oklahoma attorney will have the resources and legal know-how to properly present your injury case in negotiation or litigation.

Our truck accident attorney in Oklahoma City is ready to ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve - contact us today for a free consultation

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