Being involved in a truck accident can be an overwhelming experience that may leave you with serious, lifelong injuries. You may be worried about paying your bills, covering your medical expenses, and if you can return to work. Here is what you should know about truck accidents in Oklahoma, and how our experienced Stillwater injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Truck Accidents in Oklahoma | Hire an Attorney
First, it is very important to hire a Stillwater truck accident attorney as soon as possible. As noted below, the filing deadlines to protect your potential insurance benefits and lawsuit award should be dealt with immediately by you and your attorney.
Many truck accidents occur due to truck drivers who allow themselves to be distracted, speeding trucks, overloaded trucks and/or overtired truck drivers, among other causes. Trucking companies can be very difficult to deal with after a truck accident. Many companies will not answer their phones or even give you the truck number or truck driver name involved in your accident. Hiring a strongly experienced Stillwater truck accident attorney can help your case by immediately conducting a thorough investigation as well as obtaining the truck company’s accident, repair, maintenance, and driver records.
Truck Accidents in Oklahoma | “Fault” Laws
In Oklahoma, if you are injured in a truck accident, your options to recover a damage award are governed by its accident “fault” rules. This means that if you are injured in a truck accident, the defendant (truck driver, truck company and/or other vehicle drivers) who caused the accident is at “fault” and responsible, through their insurance company, to pay for the following types of damages you may have suffered: lost wages, damage to your vehicle, medical bills, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, disability, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.
In Oklahoma, you can file an insurance claim with your own insurance company or file a claim with the defendant’s insurance company. You may also file a lawsuit in court. Insurance benefit filing deadlines are short and require immediate action. Ask your attorney to help you file all necessary paperwork on time.
Contact our Stillwater truck accident attorney today to arrange a free consultation. We will fight for you—dealing with insurance companies and representing you in court if necessary—while you focus your attention on the road to recovery.