According to NewsOk a tractor-trailer rig driver was killed this afternoon when he collided with another tractor-trailer on Interstate 35 at NE 122nd Street in Oklahoma City. According to the Oklahoma Highway patrol, the driver died when a rig traveling southbound on I-35 lost control and crossed over the cable median, hitting his tractor which was traveling northbound. The driver who lost control has been transferred to a nearby hospital where he is reportedly in good condition.
Currently, the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 at NE 122nd Street have been shut down as officers are investigating the accident. In the meantime, traffic is being diverted to Hefner Road.
In this case, it is unclear why the driver lost control of his rig. According to truck accident statistics compiled by McIntyre Law, 87.2% of trucking accidents involve driver error. This is a considerably high number compared to 10.1% attributed to vehicle malfunction and 2.3% attributed to environmental factors.
A prominent example of driver error in trucking accidents is driver fatigue. Drivers often report that falling asleep at the wheel was a critical reason why they were involved in a crash. Minor fatigue, inattention, or pressure from work are other reasons truckers have given for crashing.
We will follow this story to see if the investigating officers determine the cause of the crash. The experienced Oklahoma Truck Accident Attorneys at McIntyre Law have handled many cases involving trucking accidents where victims have been extremely hurt or killed. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, please contact us to help you seek the compensation that you deserve.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased.