Tractor Trailer Accidents in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Trucking Accident Lawyer
A tractor-trailer is a type of large truck that consists of a tractor and trailer together. The tractor is the part of the truck that houses the engine, driver and the first three axles. The trailer attaches at a point forward of the back axle on the tractor and is the part of the vehicle that carries the cargo.
Because the trailer attaches slightly forward of the rear of the tractor, the tractor is able to carry some of the weight. A fully loaded tractor-trailer may weigh up to 80,000 pounds or even more with a special permit. They may be used to transport large amounts of cargo throughout the U.S. and are valuable tools in interstate commerce. Tractor-trailers are also often referred to as semi trucks, big rigs and 18-wheelers.
The large size and weight of a tractor-trailer makes it a force to reckon with in the event of a motor vehicle accident. A tractor-trailer accident may have serious consequences for a victim. Because these collisions often cause catastrophic injuries, you may be left with financial, physical and emotional problems that seem insurmountable. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer or any type of large truck, contacting an attorney and seeking medical attention are two of the first steps you should take.
You will need medical care if you are injured and will also benefit from finding out what legal options you have in discussing the matter with an experienced lawyer. If you involve a lawyer early on, he or she can also deal with your insurance claim and all aspects of your case while you focus on healing and recovering.
Contact an Oklahoma City truck accident attorney from the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote to discuss your options to pursue compensation after being harmed in a tractor trailer collision.
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