Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries because bikers have very little protection between them and the road. Although motorcycle accidents occur in a variety of ways, some of the most common claims we see are caused by cars suddenly turning or stopping, lane-splitting, hazardous road conditions, and even mechanical failures.
Experienced personal injury attorneys understand the risks that motorcyclists face on the road and the special factors that often surround motorcycle accidents. If you suffer an injury in such a crash, we can help.
Your first priority to getting the medical treatment you need. Give us a call to help you evaluate your claim and to discuss the factors specific to your case.
Possible Damages for Motorcycle Injuries
Most states have various statutes of limitations, or time limits, when it comes to filing a civil claim. In Oklahoma, cases involving personal injuries must be filed within two years of the incident, or within two years after the discovery of injury. An Edmond motorcycle accident lawyer could help gather the necessary evidence needed so injured bikers do not miss the opportunity to file their claim.
Understanding Comparative Negligence Laws
The doctrine of comparative negligence grants courts in Oklahoma the right to determine how much each party contributed to the accident. This can hinder the amount of damages collected in two ways. First, Civil Statue §23-13 explains that if the plaintiff’s negligence is found to be greater than the defendant’s, the plaintiff cannot collect for injuries sustained during the accident.
Second, damage collection may be reduced in proportion to the percentage of comparative negligence the plaintiff is deemed to have. For example, if a motorcyclist was struck by a vehicle and injured in an accident, but the courts determined that the biker did not have their day lights on, the injured party could be found 20 percent responsible for the accident. In this case, the biker could then collect 80 percent of their total damage award.
How a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
If a motorcycle accident case goes to trial, it is the plaintiff’s responsibility to prove fault on the part of the defendant. However, between negotiating with insurance companies—who are not looking out for the plaintiff’s best interest—and chasing the paper trail required for courtroom evidence, those suffering from a motorcycle accident may feel as if the road to recovery is an uphill battle.
Fortunately, there is help close at hand. Your attorney can prove liability by gathering:
- Police reports
- Tickets issued to the defendant
- Photos of the scene of the accident and injuries
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses and what they saw
- Medical records and bills
- Proof of income and work time missed due to injury
Call a Dedicated Edmond Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you suffer from life-changing motorcycle accident injuries, you may need an advocate who could help you find the road to a new beginning. Do not leave your financial future in inexperienced hands—call a seasoned Edmond motorcycle accident lawyer today to get started on your case.