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Commercial Trucking Accidents

Trucking companies are required to adhere to state and federal regulations in order to promote the safety of our nation's highways and roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most common causes of accidents involving trucks is excessive speeding, poor driving and driver fatigue. In each instance, regulations exist that are intended to provide accountability on the part of truck drivers and trucking companies in reducing accidents related to each of these causes. However, demands for reduced shipping costs and faster deliveries have resulted in violations of these laws.

At the Hawkins Law Firm, Phillip C. Hawkins investigates the cause of commercial trucking accidents, exposing inaccurate driver's logs, incomplete vehicle maintenance reports, improper driver training and other violations that contribute to accidents involving his clients.

Hold negligent drivers and their employers financially accountable for injuries and deaths caused by truck accident - contact personal injury lawyer Phillip C. Hawkins today. Free consultations available.

Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents

The Hawkins Law Firm represents people injured in trucking accidents due to the following:

  • Driver fatigue / falling asleep at the wheel
  • Excessive speeding
  • Improper driver training
  • Poor vehicle maintenance / tire blowout
  • Load shift
  • Lack of an under riding guard
  • Lack of reflective markings
  • DUI / Drug use
  • Wide angled turn
  • Lane drift
  • Driving too fast for road conditions
  • Improperly pulled off onto road shoulder
  • Dangerous machinery or trucking parts
Investigating Commercial Trucking Accidents

Truck drivers are only allowed to drive continuously for so long without resting. Under current law, drivers can work a maximum of 14 hours a day and drive 88 hours over an 8 day period. This represents a substantial increase from just 10 years ago. Even so, drivers often misreport the number of hours they were behind the wheel in order to meet tight deadlines and reduce operating costs.

As your attorney, Mr. Hawkins subpoenas a driver's log book, data from the vehicle's on-board black box recorder, expense account and credit card records and other documents. By determining what a truck driver did in the hours or days leading up to an accident, Mr. Hawkins is able to expose violations of safety policies on the part of truck drivers and their parent company.

Contact an Oklahoma Commercial Truck Accident Attorney

Trucking companies employ a number of tactics in order to avoid blame and liability in a truck accident. Mr. Hawkins has the knowledge and resources needed to uncover deception, misreporting and violations of the law that play a role in most truck accident. To schedule a free consultation and discuss your case, contact commercial trucking accident lawyer Phillip C. Hawkins today.

Client Reviews
I've known Phil for over 4 years now and have always been very happy with his service to me. Anytime I had questions or issues Phil would always find me the answers I needed and always in a timely and professional manner. I never had a problem with him returning my calls even at odd hours. He was a tremendous help to me and still is and I was very pleased with the outcome. I fully understand that I was not his only client but he still always found time to talk to me when I needed him and to reassure me when I stressed over my situation. Angela D.
I had Phil Hawkins as my attorney on several cases and have been extremely satisfied with his services. Him and his staff kept me informed and up to date on every step. He was very professional and very knowledgeable on all my cases over the past 5 years. My future was looking pretty dim there for awhile because of my injuries and age but Mr Hawkins came through and I can now relax. I found him and his staff very polite, courteous and compassionate to my circumstances and the final results were very satisfying. Frederick J.
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