1 injured after semi truck spills load in Pushmataha County

When you drive by a semi truck on Oklahoma highways, what goes through your mind? Do you speed up to get past it quickly? Do you move over to the next lane to maintain a safe distance? If you do either of these things, you are not alone -- and the fear of semi trucks is not without warrant.

Semi trucks are massive vehicles that are often carrying large loads -- loads that can easily cause damage if they were to come loose on the roadway. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened on Friday in a Pushmataha County truck accident, leaving one woman seriously injured.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the truck driver, a 62-year-old man from Kaw City, was heading down Indian Nations Turnpike when the load of pipes he was transporting came loose. The pipes spilled across the northbound lanes and a woman who was driving behind the semi truck could not avoid hitting them. She sustained serious leg and head injuries in the accident.

While anyone is lucky to survive a crash like this, few people escape injuries altogether. And as many people in Ponca City know, injuries are quickly followed by medical bills. Fortunately, there are ways for victims to seek compensation.

When a semi truck causes a crash like this, it is important for the victim and his or her attorney to review all aspects of the situation. Because trucking companies and truck drivers are required to adhere to federal regulations, it is important to check if they were in violation of any at the time of the crash.

Was the truck driver overworked? Was the load of cargo properly secured? Had the vehicle gone through routine maintenance recently? The answers to these questions can help determine whether pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is a good option.

Source: The Ponca City News, "Area Trucker Involved in Crash," Aug. 4, 2013

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