Truck Accident Attorney Oklahoma City
You may be facing substantial medical bills, time away from work, costly property damage and long-lasting injuries, if you were hurt in a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle accident. The Edmond Personal Injury attorneys at Cannon & Associates understand the effects and costs associated with Semi-Truck or Commercial truck accidents. We are FIERCE ADVOCATES dedicated to ensuring every one of our clients receives the financial compensation they deserve and need to survive the medical expenses and damage caused by being the victim of a Semi-Truck accident.
Oklahoma Truck Accident Attorneys in Edmond
The CANNON & ASSOCIATES works with individuals injured in a wide range of semi-truck and commercial truck accidents across Oklahoma. You need experienced and effective legal representation to Fight for Your Rights, if you have been injured in Oklahoma.
The significance of a being hurt or losing a love one killed in a semi-truck accident, tractor-trailer accident, or other large commercial truck cannot be overstated. It is critical that you or your family speak to a qualified attorney today. Please complete the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at (405) 657-2323 for a FREE NO-OBLIGATION confidential case evaluation.
What Should I do First after a Large Truck Crash?
The following steps will help you protect your interests and your future after being involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle accident. Additionally, these steps will help you support your claim for compensation if the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver:
1. Contact the Police
It is important you report the accident to police, local law enforcement, or 911 as soon as possible. You should provide law enforcement a description of the vehicles involved and where you are located, but DO NOT admit fault or make any statements concerning your negligence. 911 calls are recorded and can be used against you in your personal injury case.
2. Medical Attention
Immediately seek medical attention to serious injuries suffered by you, your passengers, or others at the scene. You should undergo a medical evaluation shortly after your semi-truck accident, even if you do not feel injured as not all injuries are apparent at the time of injury.
Obtain the names and contact information for all drivers. Obtain the name and contact information for all witnesses and passengers if possible. Additionally, obtain the insurance information for all the drivers involved and the tag number and vehicle information for each vehicle. Semi-trucks and commercial vehicles have DOT numbers in additional to tag numbers, which you can take a photograph of at the scene. With the prevalence of smartphone cameras, you should be able to document everything at the scene with pictures, which leads to the next point.
4. Take Photos
You a passenger or witness should take photographs of everything at the scene of the accident. You should take photographs of the semi-truck, semi-trailer, commercial vehicle, the accident scene, injuries, and all vehicle damage.
5. Contact an Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney
Once everyone is safe, schedule a consultation with an experienced Oklahoma truck accident attorney to advise you on your best options in your truck accident claim. The attorneys at Cannon & Associates are Fierce Advocates for victims of large truck accidents and will help you protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and damages.
6. Don’t discuss the Accident
Other drivers’ insurance providers may contact you directly, record the conversation, and seek statements from you concerning the truck accident; do not give them a statement. Additionally, the drivers and witnesses at the truck accident scene may speak to you; do not discuss the crash, your injuries, or your responsibility for the accident with anyone other than your truck accident attorney.
What Factors Determine Damages in a Large Truck Accident Case?
Truck accidents often cause sever and long-lasting injuries, which may require time away from work, rehabilitation, changes in lifestyle, and significant medical expenses. Many factors that are unique to each truck accident will weigh in determining damages in large truck accident claims, including:
- What insurance does the trucking company/driver carry?
- What are your medical bills?
- Have you lost wages or earnings?
- Do you have pain and suffering?
- Are you now disabled?
- How much property damage did you suffer?
- Will you fully recover from your injury?
What is a Large Truck?
Any vehicle, excluding buses and motor homes, with a gross vehicle weight above 10,000 pounds is considered a “large truck” as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). Large trucks include, semitrucks, tractor-trailer trucks, large commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, and more.
What Makes a Large Truck Accident Unique?
Large truck accidents are unique due to the excessive damage caused in large truck accidents and the loss of life caused each year by large truck accidents in the United States. The United States Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) compiles and releases data regarding truck accidents, injuries, and deaths. In an average year there are approximately 4,200 fatalities involving commercial trucks or semitrucks. Additionally, there are more than 70,000 injuries caused by truck accidents, which often have life altering effects, including permanent injuries. In Oklahoma, the number of large truck accidents is high for our population due to the volume of interstate traffic on Interstate 35, Interstate 40, and Interstate 44.
In Oklahoma alone there are approximately 2,000 semitruck or large truck accidents a year. Additionally, almost a thousand 18-wheeler accidents per year result in accidents that require a tow truck in Oklahoma. Large Truck
Secondary hazards are common in large truck accidents, i.e. an 18-wheeler than jackknives may cause additional accidents or a tanker truck may spill hazardous chemicals or gasoline, which is an additional danger.
What causes the majority of Large Truck Accidents?
The majority of large truck accidents, like other accidents, involves some amount of driver error. The negligence or failures in large truck accidents or semitruck accidents often involve parties beyond the scene of the crash. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) regulates commercial trucking and has promulgated rules to decrease the likelihood of large truck accidents. However, for profit, some drivers and even trucking companies attempt to or do bypass FMCSA rules to reduce deliver times and increase profit margins. The following are the most common factors in large truck accidents:
- Driver Fatigue or Sleep Deprivation
- Distracted Driving
- Driving Under the Influence
- Driving Unsafely or too fast
- Lack of Vehicle Maintenance
- Insufficient Training
- Improperly Loaded Cargo
- Vehicle Defects
Although the previously stated list includes the most common causes of large truck accidents; many more potential causes of large truck accidents exist, including the following:
- Brake Failure
- Carelessness by Truck Driver
- Construction Zone Failure to Slow or Yield
- Driver Inattentiveness
- Failure to Yield Right of Way
- Failure to Repair
- Failure to Slow Down in Ice or Bad Weather
- Failure to Stop at a Red Light
- Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign
- Following Too Closely
- Improper Lane Change
- Improperly Loaded Trailer
- Inattentive Driver
- Lack of Attention by Truck Driver
- Lack of Inspection or Inspection Failure
- Mechanical Failure
- Merging into Traffic Improperly
- Overloaded Trailer
- Prescription Drug Use
- Safety Violations or Illegal Turns
- Tire Failure or Tires no Inspected
- Unqualified truck driver
Who is liable in a Large Truck Accident?
Although driver negligence is often to blame for large truck accidents; there are other causes of large truck or semitruck accidents. Some large truck accidents are the fault of the trucking company, the company or individual that loaded the cargo, or other parties.
Liability is rarely straight-forward; however, liability is even more complex in semitruck or commercial truck accidents. The at-fault party in a large truck accident may including one or more of the following:
- The operator or driver
- The trucking company
- The owner of the semitruck
- The owner of the semitruck trailer
- The party that loaded the cargo
- The maintenance company
- The vehicle or part manufacturer
Typically, each of these parties have their own insurance provider and truck accident attorney that will work to reduce the fault placed on their client, which is intended to reduce their liability for damages or injuries to semitruck accident injury victims. The potential for seven parties all with attorneys fighting against your case is an important reason to contact and retain experienced Oklahoma truck accident attorney representation.
Remember, it is important to document everything you can after your car accident, including witness information, photographs of the accident scene and damage to each vehicle, document injuries you suffered, and obtain an Accident Report by a police officer. More details about what to do after an accident can be found on our page, Seven Key Steps After Car Accident.
CANNON & ASSOCIATES Oklahoma Truck Accident Attorneys
Our team understands the challenges and fears you are facing when dealing with an auto accident injury, including a semitruck accident or commercial truck accident. We are dedicated to working with and for our clients and their families every step of the way. Our firm independently examines all the evidence and investigates the facts and circumstances of your case to protect your rights and maximize your recovery.
Experience matters when you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of the negligence of someone in a semitruck accident in Oklahoma. It is important to know the Oklahoma personal injury lawyer you hire is dedicated to your cause and versed in all aspects of semitruck accident law in Oklahoma. Cannon & Associates is dedicated to Fierce Advocacy for accident victims and will fight for you. Founder John Cannon has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top 40 under 40. Contact Cannon & Associates to protect your rights and fight for compensation in your truck accident case in Oklahoma. Complete the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at (405) 657-2323 for a free confidential case evaluation.
Our Client Reviews
MORE 5-STAR REVIEWS REVIEWS THAN 99% of LAWYERS IN OKLAHOMA
"John has shown nothing but compassion and professional guidance in my case. He truly cares about his clients and is exceptionally understanding when it comes to any case he is representing. He communicates genuinely as well as in a timely matter. If I were able to give his firm any more than 5 stars, I most definitely would. He is incredible."
"John Cannon is an awesome attorney. He is very professional and honest. He really cares about his clients. John always gets back to you quickly to answer any questions you have regarding your case. I highly recommend CANNON & ASSOCIATES for any legal needs you may have."
"John Cannon has helped me through the hardest time in my life. He helped me through my divorce and custody case. He truly cares about his clients and it made me so happy he always put my daughter first and wanted what was in her best interest as a child. He is very sharp and resourceful and he has been very attentive and responsive to my needs, John is very polite and professional and he always has a great attitude. John always took the time to go over everything and explain everything in depth. I've enjoyed working with John and his team and would recommend him to other clients."
"I have known John for about 6 years now in his capacity as a Judge Advocate and a civilian attorney. John has a rare blend of both sharp analytical and interpersonal skills. I have seen John achieve positive outcomes for clients in complex scenarios and If you need an attorney who can do the same for you - this is your guy."
"John did a very good job. Although the outcome was not 100% what we expected(strange judgement) it was overall positive. I would, have and will continue to recommended him. Although I certainly hope to not need his services again in the capacity I hired him for I would not hesitate to call if I do. Thanks John"
"I signed up with John June 25th, July 5th I received an email that my case is in line to be DISMISSED, within a 2 week time period John made what was one of the most stressful times in my life better! Every case is different but he handled my case with care and he was extremely open in his communication throughout the whole process. I hope to never have to have a criminal attorney again but if I do I will definitely go back to John. I highly recommend him to anyone else who is needing an attorney!"
"John is a highly respected attorney. Professional and compassionate. He has a wealth of knowledge, being a military officer and having served as an Assistant District Attorney, a Public Defender, and an Assistant Attorney General. He helped a friend's son who was headed down the wrong path, but through John's legal defense the young man is now a successful business owner."
"John is a very professional attorney, who is not only concerned about the welfare of his client but very attentive and considerate of the family, or other bodies that are in the face of the adversity. While working on my family members case, John took time out to take a class that would educate him on how to approach the many different types of cases tried in the court room. John proved his sincerity to the calling of his job, being an attorney. I would definitely recommend him to anyone."
"Mr. Cannon went above and beyond for my wife. She was facing some pretty hard fines and prison time with the US Marshalls. Mr. Cannon fought a hard fight and got her a GREAT offer. Words cannot express how much I appreciate him and what he did for my wife. I would give 10 stars and I will be promoting him. He's that awesome. He keeps you informed, he will text or call you back, and he goes above what he is asked to do and I can reassure you"HE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER". I will continue retaining him for other things my wife is battling. High five and a great big hug to Mr. Cannon. Thank you!!! John took the reigns and provided us instant peace of mind. He was timely, respectful, transparent, very professional, honest and courteous. The service he provided was above and beyond our expectations. Can’t believe professionals like him are around. Highly highly without reservations recommend him and his team."
"John Cannon is an excellent attorney. He takes sincere interest in your needs. He maintains communication and provides all the information you might want to fully understand the legal process. He also suggests alternative resolutions to your legal needs so that you can make informed choices. I definitely recommend John."
"My experience with CANNON & ASSOCIATES was absolutely amazing. I hired John Cannon two days before my rebuttal statement was due back to the Staff Judge Advocate. Within that time frame he was able to talk to my Battery and Battalion Commanders, review my evidence, and help me write a rebuttal statement that help prove my case to them, the Brigade Commander and the Post Commanding General. Cannon worked thru the night to help me get the best results for me and my family. Due to his hard work and attention to detail I am still able to continue to serve my country and progress in my military career with no adverse actions on my record. I can not thank him enough on a job well done. Cannon showed me that he was invested in my case and I highly recommend you hire him when you need someone to represent you in a legal matter."
"John Cannon assisted me through a very difficult time in my military career. He worked tirelessly with me on my case and kept me informed during the entire process. I can't say enough good things about Mr. Cannon. He's incredibly knowledgeable with regards to military justice. The outcome of my case was successful and I attribute that to Mr. Cannon's professionalism and expertise in dealing with military law. I would highly recommend Mr. Cannon to anyone with military justice or criminal defense needs."
"Hands down the best lawyer. Mr.Cannon accepted my case and got on it the same day. I would give him 10 stars if I could. I really appreciate the dedication on how he handles things with a short time frame."
"Mr. Cannon has represented me on 2 criminal cases and one civil case over the past 4 years. He has always served me honestly, speedily and with good moral direction. John has integrity and humility. He has never belittled me or treated me in an unfair manor. I appreciate all that he has done for me and I most certainly recommend him to family, strangers and friends. I will definitely use Mr. Cannon in the future for any and all of my family's legal matters."
"Mr. Cannon went above and beyond for my wife. She was facing some pretty hard fines and prison time with the US Marshalls. Mr. Cannon fought a hard fight and got her a GREAT offer. Words cannot express how much I appreciate him and what he did for my wife. I would give 10 stars and I will be promoting him. He's that awesome. He keeps you informed, he will text or call you back, and he goes above what he is asked to do and I can reassure you"HE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER". I will continue retaining him for other things my wife is battling. High five and a great big hug to Mr. Cannon. Thank you!!!"
"I had a great experience with John. He is very personable and helped me a lot. I’m really grateful I found him. He made me feel confident that he was the right lawyer for my case and that he wasn’t trying to sell me but genuinely just wanted to help me. I would highly recommend John to anyone!"
"Working with Mr. Cannon has been a real life-saving experience for me and my family. He provides the knowledge of the possibilities as soon as he can get them, then works tirelessly to ensure that any concerns or questions are addressed immediately. He has been a great asset to us not only in the face of legal troubles, but in providing a sense of security that is truly reassuring in the face of the uncertain.Mr. Cannon has been a great resource and has been very patient with me. From the start he provided a list of things to do that would help me help him with my case and since the beginning has continued to give advice or suggestions on any matter that has bothered me with my situation, large or small. He is gentle, yet realistic, and this combination really does become a rock in tumultuous times such as these.I would highly recommend Mr. Cannon to anyone who needs a vigilant and committed attorney, especially one that stands by your side until your issue is resolved. He goes above and beyond not only to work, but to care for his clients!"
"John Cannon assisted me through a very difficult time in my military career. He worked tirelessly with me on my case and kept me informed during the entire process. I can't say enough good things about Mr. Cannon. He's incredibly knowledgeable with regards to military justice. The outcome of my case was successful and I attribute that to Mr. Cannon's professionalism and expertise in dealing with military law. I highly recommend Mr. Cannon to anyone with military justice or criminal defense needs."