1. What Injuries Are Caused by Truck Accidents?

    A collision between a passenger vehicle and a large commercial truck can result in horrific injuries that may be permanent or fatal. In 2014, truck accidents involving passenger vehicles resulted in 111,000 injuries and 3,903 deaths, representing a 17 percent increase from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The dedicated Tulsa truck accident attorn…Read More

  2. Who is Liable for a Commercial Truck Accident?

    Commercial truck accidents are often very different from a typical collision between two personal-use vehicles. Aside from the catastrophic damage that usually proceeds a truck collision, multiple parties are often involved other than the truck’s driver. If you were involved in an accident with a commercial truck, it is important you understand who these parties are and what roles they could hav…Read More

  3. FMCSA Issues New Standards for Entry-Level Commercial Drivers

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established a Final Rule on Dec. 7, 2016 dictating the minimum requirements drivers must follow in order to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). To acquire a CDL, a driver must meet the minimum level of skills and education needed to understand and safely operate a large commercial vehicle, suc…Read More

  4. Why Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

    Truck accidents have a higher chance of causing serious injury to those involved compared to auto accidents with small vehicles. If you are injured in an accident, it is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in handling accidents with commercial trucks and the companies that own them. Whether you were a pedestrian, bicyclist, the driver of a car involved in the accident or a truck drive…Read More

  5. Regulators Propose Speed Limiters to Reduce Truck Accidents

    In an effort to reduce truck accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have proposed a new requirement that heavy-duty vehicles be equipped with speed limiting devices. The proposed speed limiters would cap the maximum speeds of trucks and similar large vehicles to between 60 and 68 miles per hour. The NHTSA an…Read More

  6. Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of Severe Truck Accidents

    In a recent study by Virginia Tech researchers, truck drivers who are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea but do not follow required treatment protocols are five times more likely to be involved in a severe collision. Previous research shows that obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue and drowsiness, which is also a common cause of truck accidents. The data …Read More

  7. FMCSA Safety Rating Rule Changes

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is doing away with the three tiered system of Satisfactory, Conditional, and Unsatisfactory safety ratings for trucking companies. The newly proposed system will include highly detailed metrics on each commercial trucking company based both on available on-road data from inspections and crash report investigations. The new system will create a much m…Read More

  8. DOT Wants to Improve Rear Impact Protection for Trucks

    The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to better protect vehicles from rear impact collisions with commercial trucks by improving certain safety standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a plan to improve rear underride guards, which will lessen the impact of rear impact accidents. A truck underride occurs when a small vehicle hits a much larger vehicl…Read More

  9. American Trucking Association Wants Speed Limiting-Devices in Big Rigs

    The Associated Press (AP) recently published an article on the American Trucking Associations request of the federal government for all commercial vehicles to be fitted with a device that would limit maximum speed to less than 70 mph. Truck accidents that occur while traveling at high speeds can inflict severe damage and cause many injuries and deaths. If you or someone you love has been injured i…Read More

  10. Important Information About Truck Accidents

    Every year, an average of 86 people lose their lives in Oklahoma after an accident involving a large truck, thousands more are injured. At the Edwards Law Firm, our attorneys specialize in large truck accidents, and work to keep you up-to-date on truck accident trends and statistics throughout Oklahoma. Many truck accidents could be easily avoided, and staying informed about the risks and dangers …Read More

  11. Who Is Responsible After A Truck Accident?

    In an accident involving an ordinary passenger car, it is relatively simple to determine who was responsible and who should be sued. Usually, only the other driver and that drivers auto insurance company are named in any court proceedings. Unlike passenger vehicle accidents, accidents involving commercial trucks and vehicles often result in multiple parties and entities being sued due to injuries…Read More

  12. The Dangers of Cement Trucks in Traffic Accidents

    Sharing the road with a cement truck can make a driver think twice about their safety, and with good reason. Like other commercial vehicles, cement trucks present unique challenges to their drivers and to other motorists, and the risk of being seriously hurt or killed in a truck crash is usually greater than in a collision involving two passenger vehicles. Simply put, larger vehicles like cement t…Read More

  13. Truckers Battle Sleep Deprivation and Tight Deadlines

    Public opinion polls show that Americans have serious concerns about truck drivers and fatigue; a 2000 Insurance Research Council survey revealed 68% of respondents would pay more for goods and shipping if it meant truckers would work no more than 12 hours in a day. Considering the recent accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan and a truck driver who had been awake for 24 hours, the nation may ha…Read More

  14. Do You Give Truckers Enough Room on the Road?

    Semis require longer stopping distance and take extremely wide turns. If youre on the road with an 18-wheeler, do you know how close is too close to follow or ride alongside a truck? Weighing up to 80,000 pounds, trucks present a major hazard for motorists in the face of dangerous conditions. Should a semi-truck need to stop, its weight and size necessitate a much longer braking distance than a sm…Read More

  15. Feds Say Trucker who Hit Tracy Morgan was Driving 20 Miles over Limit

    Federal investigators looking into the New Jersey Turnpike truck accident involving Tracy Morgan and a limo-van full of friends point to the Walmart drivers excessive speed as a possible contributing factor in the crash. On Thursday, officials reported to NBC News that Kevin Roper was traveling at 65 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone when the driver slammed into Morgans limo, killing fello…Read More

  16. Geary Tanker Truck Collision Kills One, Causes Fiery Explosion

    A collision involving two tanker trucks ended in the death of one person, an explosion and a fire with smoke that could be seen for miles. The accident took place Thursday in Geary, Blaine County, when the two tanker trucks collided on state highway 270 just after noon. Around the time of the accident a witness reported hearing a loud explosion. Shortly thereafter massive plumes of black smoke wer…Read More