What To Ask a Truck Accident Lawyer in Oklahoma

For Oklahomans who are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, it can be a life-altering experience. The size and weight of 18-wheelers/semi-trucks often result in catastrophic injuries and significant damages. At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, we specialize in representing the victims of trucking accidents as they seek justice for their injuries due to the negligence of the truck driver and or the trucking company.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a semi in Oklahoma, seeking legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney is an important early step in navigating the complexities of your case and obtaining fair compensation for the injuries you or a loved one has sustained. 

Our experienced trucking accident team has created this article as a resource for anyone in the early stages of finding a personal injury lawyer after an accident. We believe the questions included in this guide are important to ask when choosing the right attorney to represent you or your loved one. 

Statistics About Oklahoma Semi Truck Accidents

In 2021, large trucks were involved in 5,575 accidents on Oklahoma roadways, resulting in 112 fatalities and over 1,800 injuries. These numbers underscore the serious nature of truck accidents and highlight the need for robust legal advocacy for victims. 

Nationally, according to the National Safety Council, 5,837 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes and 120,200 in accidents causing injuries in 2022. These figures have shown a concerning increase over recent years, with fatality crashes seeing a 49% rise over the last decade.

If you or a loved one needs help from an Oklahoma attorney because a semi-truck caused permanent or catastrophic injuries or death to you or a loved one, contact Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst today for a free case consultation

Top Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney

  1. What is your experience with handling semi-truck accident cases?

Why ask: Experience in handling semi-truck accidents indicates familiarity with the complexities of trucking regulations, liability issues, and insurance negotiations. Attorneys who have dealt with these cases are better equipped to anticipate challenges and navigate the legal intricacies involved.

What to look for: Look for an attorney with a proven track record of successfully representing clients in similar cases in Oklahoma and understanding the nuances of truck accident litigation. An experienced attorney will have handled various aspects of truck accident cases, from investigating the scene and gathering evidence to negotiating settlements or representing clients in court.

Also, ask about outcomes for previous clients (you can see Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst verdicts and settlements on our website). Their familiarity with the tactics used by trucking companies and insurance providers can significantly strengthen your case.

  1. How will you communicate with me throughout the legal process?

Why ask: Communication is key to staying informed about the progress of your case and understanding your legal options. Clear and consistent communication should ensure you are updated on any developments, informed about deadlines or court proceedings, and have a platform to discuss concerns or questions that arise during the process.

What to look for: A responsive attorney who provides regular updates, promptly returns calls and emails and is accessible to address your concerns. Effective communication should be proactive, ensuring you feel informed, supported, and confident throughout your case. Ultimately, the MND team builds genuine relationships with our clients because we care about you, and we will communicate in a consistent way. 

  1. What approach or strategy will you use to handle my case?

Why ask: Understanding the attorney’s approach will help gauge their preparedness to represent you after your accident. Your case is unique, and your attorney should recognize that in their strategy. 

What to look for: Look for a clear and comprehensive strategy that includes investigation techniques, legal arguments, and a plan for litigation if necessary. Skilled attorneys should be able to talk with you about their approach in detail, explaining how they will gather evidence, engage with experts, negotiate with insurance companies, or pursue litigation if needed. 

  1. Are you familiar with federal and state trucking regulations?

Why ask: Truck accidents often involve complex regulatory issues that can impact liability and compensation after an accident. 

What to look for: An attorney who demonstrates knowledge of regulations such as hours of service rules, weight restrictions, and maintenance requirements can better advocate for your rights. They should also understand how these regulations relate to trucking company negligence. Many truck accident attorneys will have completed special training or continuing education related to this area of practice. As you look for a lawyer, ask them about their familiarity with relevant regulations. 

  1. How will you determine the full extent of my damages and losses?

Why ask: Properly assessing damages is an important part of your attorney’s role in representing you. Determining damages and losses correctly ensures you have the greatest chance at obtaining fair compensation that covers medical expenses, lost wages, and additional needs.

What to look for: Look for an Oklahoma attorney who thoroughly evaluates your economic and non-economic damages and works with experts to help support your case. 

  1. What is your approach for handling insurance companies representing the trucking company?

Why ask: Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging, and you need an attorney who can negotiate effectively on your behalf. Insurance companies are notoriously complicated, and a legal team that knows their systems and methods can be a huge benefit to you. 

What to look for: An attorney who has experience negotiating with insurance companies and who is prepared to litigate if an adequate settlement cannot be reached.

Work With Experienced Oklahoma Truck Accident Lawyers at MND

Navigating life after a semi-truck accident requires experienced legal representation to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive compensation for the injuries incurred. At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, our dedicated team of Oklahoma personal injury attorneys specializes in handling complex Oklahoma truck accident cases

We have a proven track record of advocating for our clients and achieving favorable outcomes. If you’ve been injured in a semi-truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Let us fight for your rights and help you rebuild your life.

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