Tulsa Truck Accident Lawyer
Have you been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck in Tulsa, OK? Truck accidents can be devastating and leave victims with financial uncertainty and a long road to recovery.
You may be entitled to financial compensation after your crash for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost earnings. The McGuire Law Firm represents accident victims in Tulsa and Tulsa County, with over 60 years of combined experience.
How McGuire Law Firm Can Help You After a Truck Accident in Tulsa
After a devastating accident, you deserve full compensation for your injuries and damages. Unfortunately, insurance companies are often unfair and use a variety of tactics to fight injury claims.
The insurance company may blame you for your crash, claim your injuries were not serious, or fight back against the value of your non-economic losses. You deserve an experienced Tulsa personal injury lawyer willing to go up against the insurance company for you with the strongest claim possible.
McGuire Law Firm was founded by Kent R. McGuire, who has been practicing law for more than 30 years. Thirteen of those years were spent representing insurance companies, giving him crucial insight into the tactics insurers use to fight injury claims.
Hire McGuire Law Firm to represent you in your Tulsa, Oklahoma truck accident case, and we will:
- Offer legal advice and support to help you make decisions about your case
- Handle administrative aspects and communications on your behalf
- Investigate your crash to gather evidence for the strongest claim possible
- Accurately value your immediate and long-term damages
- Work with specialists in many fields to create expert testimony based on the evidence we uncover
- Negotiate with the insurance company
- Take your case to court if a fair settlement isn’t reached
McGuire Law Firm is the small firm that delivers big results. Call us today for a free consultation with a Tulsa truck accident injury lawyer. We will put our six decades of legal experience to work for you.
How Common Are Truck Accidents in Tulsa, OK?
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, there were 5,638 large truck accidents in Oklahoma in 2019. These crashes resulted in 1,914 injuries and 90 fatalities, down from 107 deaths in 2018.
Of these truck accidents, 609 were in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Only one of these accidents was fatal.
However, 3 resulted in serious injuries, and over 150 caused minor injuries or other possible injuries.
Tulsa’s rate of fatal crashes is on par with Oklahoma City’s. For every 5,000 people in Tulsa, more than 53 were injured in a traffic accident in 2018.
Statewide, most truck accidents in Oklahoma occur on interstate highways (30%), followed by city streets (24%) and urban U.S. highways (11%). Of 81 fatal truck crashes, 52 involved two vehicles, and 17 involved just one truck.
What Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
Every injury claim is unique. The value of your claim will be based on a variety of factors. After calculating your economic losses, like medical bills, we will consider additional factors to estimate the value of your non-economic losses.
These factors can include:
- The extent of your injuries, the amount of pain you experienced, and how long it took to recover
- Whether you were left impaired, disabled, disfigured, and how your injuries will affect daily life in the future
- The circumstances of the crash
- The amount of insurance coverage available
- Whether you contributed to your accident
Some damages are very hard to calculate and require medical and financial experts. This includes long-term medical needs and future lost earnings if you are disabled.
Call the McGuire Law Firm today for a free consultation. We will help you understand what your truck accident injury claim may be worth.
What Kind of Damages Are Available to Truck Accident Victims in Tulsa, OK?
These damages compensate you for the financial losses you suffered and your psychological, emotional, and physical damages.
You may be entitled to money for:
- Property damage
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages for time taken off work
- Reduced or lost future earning capacity if disabled or impaired
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The McGuire Law Firm will fight for the maximum compensation you are owed and hold the responsible party accountable.
Can I Recover Compensation if I’m Being Blamed for a Truck Accident in Oklahoma?
Under Oklahoma’s modified comparative fault rule, you can recover compensation even if you are up to 50% at fault for your crash. If you are 51% or more at fault, you will be barred from recovering any money.
The share of fault assigned to you can directly reduce the damages you recover. For example, if you are found 35% at fault for the accident and suffer $100,000 in damages, you will only recover $65,000.
Do not let an insurance company unfairly try to shift blame to you to reduce their liability for your accident. A personal injury lawyer can help when you’re being blamed for your accident. We will fight back against blame-shifting tactics by building a strong case for negligence based on evidence and expert testimony.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents are far more likely to result in serious injuries than car accidents.
The McGuire Law Firm will help you fight for compensation for all of the injuries you sustained, including:
- Brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Seat belt injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Wrongful death
We understand just how devastating a commercial truck accident can be. Call today to speak with a compassionate personal injury lawyer who will help you explore your legal options and strengthen your injury claim.
What Causes Most Truck Accidents in Tulsa, Oklahoma?
The official Oklahoma traffic collision report allows law enforcement to choose 13 options for the driver’s condition. The vast majority of truck drivers involved in a crash appeared normal to law enforcement. However, 70 appeared sleepy or very tired in 2019, 17 appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and 12 appeared under the influence of drugs.
Oklahoma’s crash report form assigns every driver a contributing factor for the accident. This may include “No improper action by the driver.” In 39% of truck accidents in Oklahoma, the truck driver was not assigned fault.
However, 14% of truck drivers in accidents were assigned “other improper acts or movements.” This includes failing to signal, improper backing, and driving while fatigued.
The next-common contributing factors assigned to truck drivers in crashes include:
- Unsafe lane change
- Improper turn
- Following too closely
The nationwide Large Truck Crash Causation Study found the most common factors contributing to large truck accidents are:
- Fatigued driving
- Reckless driving behavior like dangerous lane changes
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Brake problems, usually affecting the truck
- Unfamiliarity with the roadway
There are many factors that may contribute to an accident with a large truck. The McGuire Law Firm will conduct a careful investigation into your accident to determine how it happened and build the strongest claim possible.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Truck Accident in Oklahoma?
Truck accidents are often more complex than accidents involving passenger vehicles. Multiple parties may share fault, including the truck driver, other drivers, cargo loaders, the company that maintains or inspects the truck, and manufacturers of defective car or truck parts.
Given their complexity, truck crashes may require a lengthy independent investigation to gather evidence. The McGuire Law Firm will work with experts to analyze evidence we gather and create expert testimony.
Evidence that may prove negligence includes:
- Truck maintenance logs
- Driver logs
- Data from the truck’s black box recorder
- Cell phone records from suspected distracted drivers
- The trucking company’s hiring and training practices and internal records
- Police reports and Oklahoma crash reports
- Results of an NTSB investigation
- Truck driver’s drug and alcohol screening test results
- Any arrests or citations related to the crash
- Eyewitness statements
- Photos and videos of the scene of the accident and damage to vehicles
When necessary, we will work alongside accident reconstruction experts to help build the strongest case for negligence.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Truck Accident in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma’s statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is just two years. If your case is not filed before the deadline expires, you cannot use the civil court system to recover compensation for your injuries.
Do not delay; the longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove causation and your damages. Contact the McGuire Law Firm for a consultation with a truck accident injury lawyer to protect your claim.
Contact a Tulsa Truck Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
After a serious truck accident, you deserve financial compensation from the at-fault party to help you cover your expenses and move forward with your life. The McGuire Law Firm will help you fight for the compensation you deserve and push back against unfair insurance company practices.
Contact our law office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to schedule a free consultation with a Tulsa truck accident lawyer who can help you. We work on a contingency fee basis with no attorney’s fees unless we win your case.