Truck accidents are among the most devastating vehicular accidents on the road. The reasons should be obvious — trucks are massive vehicles with a great deal of mass and momentum, and they’re usually impacting other vehicles or pedestrians that are a fraction of their size. Many people involved in truck accidents suffer injuries that are permanently life-altering. If you’ve been hurt in an accident like this, learn how long it takes to resolve an Oklahoma truck accident case, and how the right attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Truck Accident Statistics You Should Know
Despite increased knowledge and more regulations than ever, truck accidents are on the rise across the country. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, in 2018 alone there were a total of 4,136 truck crash fatalities across the United States, with 67% the occupants of other vehicles and 15% pedestrians. That number was up by 51% since 2009.
Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, you may be eligible to be compensated for a wide range of damages, including (but not necessarily limited to):
- Medical expenses including doctor’s visits, travel costs to procedures, surgeries, rehabilitation, medication, and others
- Lost wages and lost potential future compensation
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma including loss of consortium, loss of comfort, and loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages (in the worst cases)
How Long Does it Take to Settle an Oklahoma Truck Accident Case?
The process to settle a truck accident case can vary wildly from one case to the next. There is no universal guideline. A good truck accident lawyer will want to settle as quickly as possible, but they are also looking to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries under the law. Most cases don’t go to court but are settled through negotiation. That’s because negotiation gives the best opportunity to come up with a settlement that will satisfy everyone.
How Will My Case Proceed?
The first step in your case is the investigation. This part can take some time, but it’s an essential step in securing your compensation. Your legal team will gather all the information they need to support your claim. If you’re undergoing medical treatment for serious injuries, this can draw out the process somewhat because the legal team will need to either wait until you’ve recovered in order to have a solid list of the full expenses or will need the time to accurately estimate how long you’ll be in treatment.
After that, the negotiations proceed. This is a process of back and forth which can take time and requires patience, but unless we end up in court (which usually doesn’t happen) it’s the last phase of your case.
Hiring an Oklahoma Truck Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been in a serious truck accident and it’s someone else’s fault, hire a qualified, experienced Oklahoma Truck Accident Lawyer like the attorneys at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys. Whether you’re in Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Tulsa, or anywhere across the state, The Wolf Pack will ferociously fight for your rights to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us at (405) 218-9200 or fill out our online form for a free consultation today.