carrying goods to urban centers like Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman keep the
state's roadways congested. And motorists on freeways such as Interstate 35,
Interstate 40 and Interstate 44 feel the impact of that congestion on a daily
basis. With the high traffic come frequent accidents, and in Oklahoma there are
about 1,500 accidents involving commercial vehicles every year. If you have
been injured in a truck accident, or if you represent a client who suffers as a
result of a crash with a tractor-trailer, call on the experience of a trail
lawyer who understands the nuances of truck accident litigation.
Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Oklahoma:
- Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association, Arkansas (November 13, 2009)
Topic: Cognitive Science In Truck Litigation
- Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association, Arkansas (November 2, 2007)
Topic: Internet Discovery In Truck Cases; Trucking Insurance Coverage
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Oklahoma City may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Oklahoma, visit our Oklahoma Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 104 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 1,397 per year
Accident Locales: 70%(Rural), 30%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 50% of Oklahoma's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Oklahoma.
In 88% of Oklahoma's truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 35: From its southern terminus in Laredo, Texas at the Mexican border, to its northern one in Duluth, Minnesota, I-35 is a vital north/south artery in America's Heartland. The 235 miles of I-35 contained within Oklahoma intersect I-40 and I-44 in Oklahoma City where the spur route 235 goes around the city.
Interstate 40: One of the major east-west highways in the U.S., I-40's western terminus is in Barstow, California and its eastern one is in Wilmington, NC. The 331 miles of I-40 contained within Oklahoma run through Oklahoma City, where spur route 240 begins.
Interstate 44: Originating in Wichita Falls, Texas and terminating in St. Louis, Missouri, I-44 runs for 329 miles within Oklahoma. It passes through Oklahoma City and Tulsa, where spur route 244 circles the city.