The Effects of Driver Negligence on Your Oklahoma Truck Accidentgriffinreynoldslaw
Truck drivers are supposed to give their full attention to the road at all times. These highly specialized drivers operate several thousand-pound vehicles that are huge on our Oklahoma roads, and they can cause dramatic and even fatal accidents if they do not exercise the correct level of care.
While the law requires this high level of care, extreme negligence sometimes comes into play. Truck drivers can drive at high speeds, become distracted, or, as is a growing issue nationwide, choose to under the influence of alcohol or drugs, endangering the lives of those around them.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Oklahoma due to the negligence of an intoxicated truck driver, you have a right to seek compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered. Our experienced Oklahoma City car accident attorneys can help during this difficult time.
Oklahoma Drunk Driving Laws
Oklahoma law bars truck drivers from using alcohol or drugs while they are in the line of employment. If a truck driver’s BAC is over the federal and state regulated legal limit at the time of an accident, criminal charges and civil lawsuits can result if another driver is injured in one of these serious and life-changing accidents.
In accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), many states have adopted regulations that dictate how truck drivers are supposed to abide by the rules of the road when they are working. Drivers are now required to submit to random alcohol and drug tests, including in the aftermath of an accident.
Truck Accident Consequences
For the driver, the consequences of a DUI-related trucking accident can be career ending. Not only could a driver lose their job and their driving license, but they could also be rightfully and legally liable for the victim’s injuries.
For victims, the consequences are often catastrophic. Many wrongful death cases result in the U.S. every year due to instances of commercial truck drivers drinking and driving. These collisions often leave victims with a variety of injuries from broken bones to internal bleeding, and sometimes prove fatal.
The driver of the truck had a duty of care to others on the road that he or she neglected. The injuries victims suffer in these cases can upend their lives and completely alter their futures. In these cases, victims have a legal right to demand compensation and to pursue a case against the truck driver and potentially against the company under which they were employed.
Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorney
If you have been lucky enough to walk away from your Oklahoma truck accident, you may have a claim for damages you have sustained including medical bills from your hospital stays and treatment, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
Our years of experience handling cases in Oklahoma City and the surrounding communities has prepared us at Griffin Reynolds Law to defend your rights. Let us stand beside you during this difficult time and secure the compensation you deserve. We’re available at 405 721-9500 for a free consultation.