Oklahoma City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Fact checked by Clayton Hasbrook J.D. | Updated on June 11, 2020
Is there anything sweeter than cruising down the highway on a motorcycle? It’s a thrilling way to travel in Oklahoma City, but as we all know, riding a motorcycle comes with a risk.
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to find a lawyer you can trust to help you with your case. An Oklahoma City motorcycle accident attorney could be the specialist you need for any legal action you decide to take following your accident.
Find out more about how motorcycle accident attorneys could help you.
Motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma City
The most recent data from the State of Oklahoma Highway Safety Office show that up to 2018, there are around 89 people killed in motorcycle crashes each year. Many more people are involved in motorcycle crashes, sustaining all kinds of injuries. This figure has remained steady over the last few years. The majority of these accidents take place on city streets.
These are worrying statistics that means motorcyclists face a danger every day of being involved in an accident. And whether riding through the city or out on an open highway, an accident could happen at any time. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, then there is legal help out there to you to help you receive compensation and justice for your injuries.
Causes of motorcycle accidents
Motorcycles are fast and powerful. They have connotations of rebellion and adrenaline, and many riders are guilty of bending the rules of the road and taking risks while riding. Riding at an unsafe speed is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma, accounting for nearly a quarter of all accidents.
But motorcyclists alone aren’t to blame for these figures. Many accidents typically involve a passenger car – with unsafe speed, tailgating, and DUI. In data gathered by Federal Highway Administration Research and Technology, there were more multiple vehicle accidents involving motorcycles than individuals, but the causes varied significantly. Some of the most common causes include:
- Unsafe speed
- Other Improper Act/Movement
- DUI/DWI (Alcohol)
- Failing to Yield
- Unsafe Vehicle
- Failing to Stop
While a large number of motorcycle accidents are as a result of no improper action, it’s those with an actual cause that needs to be of concern to motorcyclists. The actions of others on the road can leave you with serious injuries, with life-changing consequences or even death.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), riding a motorcycle is much riskier than driving a car, due to the instability provided during maneuvers such as emergency braking and the lack of protection provided by other vehicles such as passenger cars. It’s because of this that the rate of deaths from motorcycle accidents is higher than that involving passenger cars.
Common motorcycle accident injuries
As with all kinds of impact-related accidents, there are all kinds of injuries that can be sustained in a motorcycle accident, including:
- Ankle Injuries – Ankle dislocation, tibia and fibula fractures
- Foot Injuries – Metatarsal and tarsal fractures, calcaneus and talus fractures
- Hip Injuries – Hip dislocation, intertrochanteric femoral fractures
- Knee Injuries – Patella fractures, torn ligaments, meniscus tears
- Leg Injuries – Tibia and fibula fractures, leg amputations, “massive leg crush”
- Pelvic Injuries – Sacrollium fractures, symphysis pubis separation
- Thigh Injuries – Femur fractures, soft tissue injuries to veins/arteries/nerves
You’ll notice that these are all lower-body injuries. This is because lower-body injuries (as well as injuries to hands, etc.) make up around 30% of motorcycle accident injuries – the majority.
Part of the reason for this is because of the use of helmets. While the law in Oklahoma only states that only those under the age of 18 are legally required to wear a helmet at all times, many people choose to wear a helmet as a safety element when riding a motorcycle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), claim that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death by 37% and the risk of head injury by 69%. It’s therefore of extreme importance that you wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, helping you to avoid serious head injury and reduce the impact of your crash.
Taking action for a motorcycle accident
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, and in particular one that was through no fault of your own, it’s important to understand the legal action you can take to help you claim compensation – something which could be drastically needed to cover treatment costs and rehabilitation, as well as compensate your inability to work at this time.
Oklahoma Statutes §23-61.2 states that the maximum amount of possible non-economic damages a person can collect is $350,000. This is true even if the injuries are life-changing and significant. By contacting an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, you can get advice relevant to helping you make your claim so that you can understand what you’re eligible to claim for.
You may also be eligible to take legal action under the grounds of Negligence Law, in cases where it can be proved that another party failed in their duty of care, leading to the plaintiff’s injuries.
No matter the action you take, you will have up to two years to file a lawsuit for your motorcycle accident. This legislation applies to all compensation claims related to personal injury or property damage. Even if you feel you were unable to claim before, provided it hasn’t been more than two years since your accident, you could be eligible to make a claim.
Contact Hasbrook & Hasbrook today
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and need some legal advice, contact Hasbrook & Hasbrook today. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have years of experience handling cases like yours and are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. To discuss a claim or for further information, contact us today.
Motorcycle accidents have serious consequences. If you’re involved in a crash and it wasn’t your fault, make sure you get in touch with Hasbrook & Hasbrook to discuss how we can help you get compensation and help you get your life back on track.
- Oklahoma Motorcycle Laws
- Motorcycle Crash Information (2018), State of Oklahoma Highway State Office
- Motorcycle Crash Causation Study, Federal Highway Administration Research and Technology
- Motorcycles, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
- Crash Report, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- Motorcycle Safety, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
- Oklahoma Statutes Title 23. Damages, §23-61.2, Justia