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Oklahoma City Accident Recovery: Your Focus is Healing, Ours is Justice. Experienced Attorneys Fighting for Your Maximum Compensation.
Clayton T. Hasbrook

Written by Clayton T. Hasbrook. Last modified on January 18, 2024

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Focus on Healing: We Fight the Legal Battle for You

Oklahoma City Car Accident Lawyer

Following a car accident, the emotional and physical aftermath can be daunting. We understand the importance of your recovery and

prioritize it above all. Our team is here to provide legal support, emotional reassurance, and guidance during this challenging time.

  • Emotional Support: Offering understanding and support to ease your stress.
  • Advocacy: Managing legal complexities and insurance issues on your behalf.
  • Dedicated Assistance: Addressing all your concerns and questions promptly.

Why Choose Hasbrook Law: Your Trusted Partner in Car Accident Claims

Choosing our firm brings tangible benefits:

  • Reduced Stress: We handle all legal aspects, allowing you to focus on recovery.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing experienced professionals are fighting for your rights provides a sense of security.
  • Maximized Compensation: We strongly believe building a case for trial from the beginning results in better settlement offers. We’re ready and willing to go to trial to hold insurance companies accountable. 
  • Experience: There’s a good chance we’ve already handled a case similar to your claim. Check out some of our case studies and prior results. 
  • Referral-Based: Prior clients and other law firms refer most of our cases to us
  • Reasonable and Transparent Attorney Fees: Our attorney fees are reduced on settlements to ensure we never receive more than the client. We also start our fees at 25% when the “industry standard” is 33%. 
  • Efficient and Organized: We use ever-improving case management software to ensure our cases move quickly while tracking the various insurance companies, defense firms, and case value drivers.
  • Easy to talk to: All clients have our cell phone number and can call/text anytime

Don’t Panic: Taking Control After an Oklahoma City Car Crash

Navigating the post-accident phase is crucial for both your recovery and your legal rights:

What to do after a car accident

  1. Prioritize Safety and Seek Help: Your health and safety are paramount. Call 911 to have the police investigate and do a collision report. This can help adequately document how the wreck occurred and what the defendant driver did to cause the accident. 
  2. Gather Information: Document and photograph details at the accident scene for future use. Take photos of the vehicles involved and the other drivers’ insurance cards. Write down any conversations you have and any statements the other drivers make. 
  3. Medical Attention: Seek immediate medical care, even for minor injuries. 
  4. Insurance Notification: Inform your insurer about the accident if you have Collision, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists, or Medical Payments Coverage. Start the claims process with the other driver’s insurance to get your property damage claim started. Most insurance companies will want a copy of the collision report before processing the claim.
  5. Legal Consultation: Talk to our experienced attorneys for comprehensive advice on your legal options

Maximizing Your Recovery: Understand Compensation You Deserve

The value of your car accident case in Oklahoma City can vary significantly, influenced by factors like the accident’s nature, injury types, missed work, and overall impact on your life. Consider reviewing these case studies to understand how varying facts influenced the settlement amount in different cases.

Financial Recovery: What Compensation You Can Expect

  • Medical Expenses: Covers all healthcare and ongoing treatment costs.
  • Lost Earnings: Compensation for work absences and diminished working capacity.
  • Property Damage: Includes repair costs or replacement value for total losses.
  • Pain and Suffering: Addresses the physical and emotional impact of the accident.
  • Punitive Damages: Applicable in cases of intentional or grossly negligent actions by the defendant.

Oklahoma Insurance Requirements

Oklahoma law only requires a “25/50/25” policy. This shorthand notation represents the following coverage limits:

Oklahoma City Liability Insurance Requirements

  • $25,000 for Bodily Injury Per Person: This is the maximum amount the insurance company will pay for a single person’s injuries in an accident for which you are at fault. It covers the injured party’s medical expenses, pain, suffering, and lost wages.
  • $50,000 for Bodily Injury Per Accident: This is the total amount the insurance company will pay for all injuries in a single accident. So, if multiple people are injured in an accident you caused, the insurance will cover up to $50,000 in total, with no individual exceeding $25,000.
  • $25,000 for Property Damage: This amount covers the cost of damage to another person’s property in an accident where you are at fault. This typically includes vehicle repairs but can also extend to other types of property damage, such as fences, buildings, etc.
  • To make matters worse, according to the Oklahoma Insurance Department, 24% of Oklahoma drivers are uninsured.
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage protects people if a careless, uninsured driver hits them. It also helps if the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance or enough coverage when an accident occurs.
  • Medical Payments Coverage is an optional policy you can add to your insurance. It covers medical bills related to an accident.

Don’t Settle for Less: Protecting Your Rights From Insurance Companies

Insurance companies often employ strategies and tactics to minimize their payouts. We recognize these tactics and counter them effectively:

Negotiation with the Insurance Company of the Negligent Driver

  • Low Initial Offers: Insurance companies may present quick, lowball offers. Do not take the first offer, especially if you are still seeking medical treatment. This “early” offer will not cover anything after a settlement release is signed. We’ve successfully negotiated higher settlements by showing the true extent of damages and advocating for our client’s needs.
  • Questioning Medical Treatments: Insurers may claim some treatments weren’t necessary. Ensure you follow your doctor’s instructions and that your doctor knows of any changing symptoms related to the accident.
  • Delaying Tactics: “Time is money,” so we counter delays by filing a lawsuit if the adjuster uses this tactic. We then file to get the scheduling order from the court to get deadlines. 
  • Trial Verdicts “raise the tide” for settlement offers. 

The Road To Justice: The Legal Process After an Accident

Our approach to handling car accident claims in Oklahoma City is thorough, transparent, and tailored to each client’s unique situation. The general process:

  • Initial Consultation: We begin by understanding the specifics of your case and offering guidance on the best course of action. We’ll review the facts of your case, explain any issues or questions you have, and let you know if you don’t need a lawyer.
  • Building your Case Starts: Interviewing witnesses, documenting evidence, requesting and compiling medical records and bills, and proof of lost income. 
  • Discovery Phase in Civil LitigationInitial Settlement Demand: Once you are through with treatment or have reached “max medical improvement,” we will send the insurance company a detailed summary with copies of all relevant documents and an offer to settle. A settlement can be reached at any point after this step. If the insurance company is unwilling to offer a fair settlement within two weeks, it’s time to file a lawsuit. 
  • “Petition” or “Complaint”: this initiates the lawsuit. A Petition is filed in state court (Oklahoma County District Court), while a Complaint is filed in federal court (Western District of Oklahoma).
  • “Motion to Enter on Court’s Docket” initiates the scheduling deadlines the judge will enforce on the case. 
  • “Discovery” Made Simple: This is the fact-finding stage, where both parties to the lawsuit gather all necessary information to strengthen their side of the case. This includes written questions – “interrogatories,” “requests for admissions,” and “requests for the production” of documents and evidence. Depositions, sworn statements under oath, occur next. 
  • “Independent” Medical Exam: If the case has a strong chance of going to trial, the insurance company will want to have one of their doctors review your medical records and perform an exam. This doctor will testify at trial, attempting to minimize your injuries and medical treatment. 
  • “Mediation” Is a meeting involving a neutral person who helps us and the insurance company try to reach a fair settlement. Each party will be in a separate room with their attorney, and the mediator will go back and forth. 

  • Pre-Trial Conference occurs shortly before the trial. The judge and the attorneys on the case to make sure there are not any outstanding issues before the trial. In most cases, deadlines must be completed before this. 
  • Bench vs. Jury Trial: A bench trial occurs before a judge without a jury. Most personal injury trials are tried before a jury. 

Get the Care You Need: Common Injuries Sustained in Car Crashes

Car and truck accidents can cause injuries, from minor bruises to life-threatening wounds. Among the most common sustained in car accidents are whiplash, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. These types of injuries can have long-lasting effects on a person’s physical and mental health, making it essential to seek medical attention immediately after an accident.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a typical car accident injury that causes neck pain, headaches, and other symptoms. It occurs when the head suddenly jerks back or forward, damaging tissues in the neck. Causes include rear-end collisions, side impacts, and rollovers – any jolt that makes the head whip. Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours and last weeks or months. Treatment involves rest, ice/heat, neck exercises, medication, and sometimes injections or surgery for nerve damage or persistent pain.

ProsCons
Conservative treatment options are effective in most casesRecovery time varies among individuals
Early diagnosis leads to better outcomesChronic pain may develop in some patients
Physical therapy exercises improve mobility and strengthMedical treatments such as injections have potential side effects

Broken Bones

Broken bones are common car accident injuries due to sudden impact. Causes include high-speed collisions, injuries from seatbelts or airbags, and pedestrian accidents. Treatment often involves immobilizing the bone and managing pain, with severe breaks needing surgery. Victims should seek legal advice as they may have high medical bills, lost income, and be entitled to compensation.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), severe and possibly life-changing results of high-impact incidents, occur from forceful head hits or jolts, leading to brain function damage. Most often occurring in head-on collisions and t-bone accidents, symptoms can range from headaches and confusion to coma or death, necessitating immediate medical attention after an accident. TBI treatment involves:

  • Immediate medical intervention.
  • Imaging tests to determine the full extent of the injury.
  • A treatment plan.
  • Long-term rehabilitation.

Depending on injury severity, rehabilitation may involve physical, speech, and occupational therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for emotional support. Proper treatment allows TBI patients to recover over time. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries from high-impact incidents can disrupt nerve signals between the brain and body, causing everything from temporary numbness to permanent paralysis and significantly affecting a person’s quality of life. Though there might be limitations, rehabilitation options like physical, occupational, and speech therapy aim to help patients regain function and improve their quality of life. Long-term effects often require ongoing medical care and familial or caregiver support.

Alarming Trends: Understanding Car Accident Risks in Your City

Leading causes of car accidents

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office has compiled recent crash data on severe injuries:

Overview of Oklahoma Crashes in 2020: The total number reported was 72,267, which resulted in 607 fatalities and 28,635 injuries. Of these collisions, 56.3% occurred in urban areas and the rest in rural areas. 59.3% of deaths occurred in rural areas.

Impaired Driving: 3,716 were alcohol-related auto accidents, leading to 151 fatalities and 1,839 injuries. Drug-related crashes numbered 2,044, resulting in 145 deaths and 1,100 injuries.

Speed-Related: 8,983 accidents, causing 172 fatalities and 4,913 injuries.

Motorcycle Safety: 1,342 reported motorcycle accidents resulted in 92 fatalities and 1,150 injuries. Of these, 68% of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: 474 car accidents involving pedestrians led to 88 fatalities and 390

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 injuries. Bicycle accidents numbered 208, resulting in 4 deaths and 180 injuries.

Teen Drivers Aged 16-19 were involved in 8,848 motor vehicle accidents, resulting in 42 fatalities and 3,024 injuries.

Seat Belt and Child Restraint Use: Oklahoma’s overall seat belt use is 87.6%. Unrestrained occupants were involved in 2,450, leading to 246 fatalities and 1,597 injuries. Child restraint usage is 92.4%.

Distracted Driving: Distracted driving caused 8,581 crashes, which led to 36 fatalities and 3,630 injuries.

Commercial Motor Vehicle and Truck Accidents: Commercial vehicles were involved in 4,758 car accidents, resulting in 98 fatalities and 1,596 injuries.

Older Drivers: Drivers aged 65 and above were involved in 8,372, resulting in 134 fatalities and 2,782 injuries. The Oklahoma Distracted Driving Prevention Act and the Oklahoma Impaired Driving Elimination Act were enacted to prevent these auto accidents. These laws make it illegal to use a handheld electronic device while driving and under the influence of alcohol or drugs. By obeying these laws and practicing safe driving habits, such as wearing a seatbelt and avoiding distractions while driving, individuals can help reduce the number of car accidents and fatalities in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Distracted Driving Prevention Act and the Oklahoma Impaired Driving Elimination Act have been enacted to prevent these auto accidents from occurring. These laws make it illegal to use a handheld electronic device while driving and to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. By obeying these laws and practicing safe driving habits, such as wearing a seatbelt and avoiding distractions while driving, individuals can help reduce the number of car accidents and fatalities in Oklahoma City.

Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

Car and truck accidents can cause injuries, from minor bruises to life-threatening wounds. Among the most common sustained in car accidents are whiplash, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. These types of injuries can have long-lasting effects on a person’s physical and mental health, making it essential to seek medical attention immediately after an accident.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a typical car accident injury that causes neck pain, headaches, and other symptoms. It occurs when the head suddenly jerks back or forward, damaging tissues in the neck. Causes include rear-end collisions, side impacts, and rollovers – any jolt that makes the head whip. Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours and last weeks or months. Treatment involves rest, ice/heat, neck exercises, medication, and sometimes injections or surgery for nerve damage or persistent pain.

ProsCons
Conservative treatment options are effective in most casesRecovery time varies among individuals
Early diagnosis leads to better outcomesChronic pain may develop in some patients
Physical therapy exercises improve mobility and strengthMedical treatments such as injections have potential side effects

Broken Bones

Broken bones are common car accident injuries due to sudden impact. Causes include high-speed collisions, injuries from seatbelts or airbags, and pedestrian accidents. Treatment often involves immobilizing the bone and managing pain, with severe breaks needing surgery. Victims should seek legal advice as they may have high medical bills, lost income, and be entitled to compensation.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), severe and possibly life-changing results of high-impact incidents, occur from forceful head hits or jolts, leading to brain function damage. Most often occurring in head-on collisions and t-bone accidents, symptoms can range from headaches and confusion to coma or death, necessitating immediate medical attention after an accident. TBI treatment involves:

  • Immediate medical intervention.
  • Imaging tests to determine the full extent of the injury.
  • A treatment plan.
  • Long-term rehabilitation.

Depending on injury severity, rehabilitation may involve physical, speech, and occupational therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for emotional support. Proper treatment allows TBI patients to recover over time. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries from high-impact incidents can disrupt nerve signals between the brain and body, causing everything from temporary numbness to permanent paralysis and significantly affecting a person’s quality of life. Though there might be limitations, rehabilitation options like physical, occupational, and speech therapy aim to help patients regain function and improve their quality of life. Long-term effects often require ongoing medical care and familial or caregiver support.

Partner with Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys

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Contact us now to evaluate your case and estimate its value. Our attorneys can help. With experience in similar cases, we can guide you to a settlement or verdict.

Getting advice from an experienced injury lawyer before accepting any offer makes a difference. Our firm is client-focused, providing top-notch service, and our skilled lawyers strive for the highest compensation for our clients, as shown by our successful track record. Check out our client testimonials. Book a free consultation with us to start your journey toward fair compensation.

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What Makes Hasbrook & Hasbrook Different in Handling Car Accident Cases?

  • Personalized Approach: Every case is unique, and we tailor our approach to your situation.
  • Local Experience: We chose our office location to be near the courthouse.
  • Client-Focused: We prioritize your needs and well-being throughout the legal process.

How Do You Determine the Value of My Car Accident Claim?

  • Comprehensive Assessment: We consider all aspects of your case, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We also have 20+ years of experience and can review our “settlement library” to assess what insurance companies are willing to pay. 

What Are Common Causes of Car Accidents in Oklahoma City?

  • Distracted Driving: This includes texting, eating, or any activity that diverts attention from driving.
  • Speeding: Exceeding speed limits or driving too fast for road conditions.
  • Impaired Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Weather Conditions: Adverse weather can lead to accidents, especially if drivers are not cautious.
  • Simply Not Paying Attention.

What Are the Legal Deadlines for Filing a Car Accident Claim in Oklahoma City?

  • Statute of Limitations: Oklahoma generally provides two years from the accident date to file a lawsuit.
  • Exceptions: There are exceptions, such as claims involving government entities or minors.

How Do You Handle Insurance Companies Acting in Bad Faith?

  • Identification of Bad Faith: We recognize when insurers are not treating your claim fairly.
  • Legal Action: If necessary, we can take legal action against the insurer for bad faith practices.
  • Maximizing Your Recovery: Our goal is to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to, despite the insurer’s tactics.

Can I Negotiate the Contingency Fee Agreement with Your Firm?

  • Open Discussions: We believe in transparency (our contingency fees generally start at 25%) and are open to discussing our fee structure. 
  • Customized Agreements: Our contingency fees are tailored to suit the specifics of your case, ensuring fairness and clarity for the client and us, your attorney.

What Does a Car Accident Settlement Typically Include?

  • Financial Breakdown: A settlement usually includes compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
  • Detailed Explanation: Before agreeing to any settlement, we thoroughly detail how the funds are allocated. 

How Are Hit-and-Run Cases Handled in Oklahoma City?

  • Legal Pursuit: We aggressively pursue all available legal options in hit-and-run cases, including working with law enforcement and using our investigative resources.
  • Seeking Maximum Compensation: Our focus is ensuring you receive full compensation.  47 OK Stat § 10-103 allows for three times the value of the property damage in hit-and-run accidents. 

What Determines a Vehicle’s “Total Loss” in Oklahoma?

Under Oklahoma Statutes, a vehicle is considered a total loss if the cost of repairs exceeds 60% of the car’s fair market value.

What Should I Expect During a Free Consultation for a Car Accident Case?

  • Case Review: We will discuss the details of your accident and injuries.
  • Legal Options: Our team will explain your legal rights and potential strategies.
  • No Obligation: This consultation is free, and you are not obligated to hire us.

Can I File a Lawsuit in Oklahoma City If I Was Partially at Fault for the Car Accident?

  • Comparative Negligence: Oklahoma allows you to seek damages even if you are partially at fault, but your percentage of fault dictates the percentage of compensation you receive. For example, your claim would is worth $100k had you not been speeding immediately before the wreck. If the jury finds you were 20% at fault, the $100k verdict would reduced by 20% to $80k. 

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Clayton T. Hasbrook who has years of legal experience as a personal injury lawyer. Our last modified date shows when this page was last reviewed.