Driver vs. Employer Negligence
Our Oklahoma City Truck Accident Lawyers Can Determine Accountability
In an accident 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 these crashes is not always assigned to those behind the wheel.
If you have been hurt in a commercial truck accident, then we invite you to contact us at the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote today. Our dedicated and experienced Oklahoma City truck accident attorneys are well-versed in the investigative process that occurs after major trucking accidents and how to substantiate accountability for any injury or deaths that have occurred.
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Who Is Responsible?
Certainly, a truck driver can be responsible for an accident on the road. These professionals receive special training on operating large commercial vehicles 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 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
After a commercial truck accident, authorities will conduct an investigation to determine the cause. When people have been hurt, 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 commercial vehicle accident lawyers can provide this diligence and ensure that our clients' claim to compensation is compellingly put forth before the law.
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