Oklahoma City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Riding a motorcycle through the beauty of Oklahoma City can be a transcendent experience. Cruising north on I-35 takes you past Lake Arcadia into the vast expanse of prairie towards Kansas, while riding east on the Tom Steed Highway carries you past quaint country roads graced with the true spirit of our nation. Even riding on the downtown roads can give you a fresh perspective on the world.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, no matter how much we love to ride, we still have to cruise among lanes packed with aggressive, distracted, careless, fatigued, and intoxicated drivers. When other motorists make reckless decisions and ignore the rules of the road, the result can be serious personal injury or even wrongful death to motorcyclists who were driving responsibly.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in the Oklahoma City area, you may be entitled to compensation to help with your medical bills, property damage, lost income, and other expenses related to your injuries. Our Oklahoma City motorcycle accident attorneys can help. The aggressive legal team at Hasbrook & Hasbrook has decades of experience handling complex personal injury claims, and we will fight tirelessly in pursuit of the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
To set up a free, completely confidential legal consultation with Hasbrook & Hasbrook, call our law offices today. You won’t be charged any fees unless we obtain compensation for you. Let’s start exploring your claim together.
Determining Fault (Liability): Proving Driver Negligence
It’s not easy being a biker on the road. While motorcycle crashes may be less common than regular automotive accidents, we all know the damage is usually more severe.
How many times have you been cut off by a car when you’re riding down the Drivers and passengers in cars, trucks, and vans are protected by safety features like airbags and seat belts, but motorcyclists are shielded by little more than a helmet and some thick leather clothing. Additionally, since motorcycles don’t enclose riders inside sturdy cabs like other vehicles, it’s easy for bikers to be violently ejected onto the road or nearby objects, increasing the risk of injury even further.
Yet as serious as these risk factors are, they aren’t the only hazards motorcyclists face on a daily basis. How many times have you been cut off by a car when you’re riding down the highway? It’s as if no one has the time to check their side mirrors, which is especially dangerous considering how small motorcycles are. In many cases, drivers simply don’t think to look for motorcyclists, and often fail to see bikers who should have been clearly visible — and avoidable — had the driver paid closer attention to his or her surroundings.
When negligent motorists fail to take the basic safety precautions required by state or federal law, they may be liable for your injuries. Our Oklahoma City motorcycle accident attorneys will consult with accident investigators who can provide expert analysis of the wreckage. When drivers place the people around them in danger, they must be held accountable for their irresponsible actions. Some common examples of ways drivers recklessly or carelessly cause preventable motorcycle accidents include:
- Driving above the posted speed limit. Speeding is especially dangerous when negotiating curves or tight roads with narrow shoulders because motorcyclists don’t have the time or space to get out of the path of danger.
- Making illegal U-turns and other prohibited driving maneuvers.
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light.
- Failing to check sideview and rearview mirrors as necessary.
- Failing to check for oncoming motorcyclists when pulling out of a parking space, parking lot, or driveway.
- Driving the wrong direction down a one-way road.
- Making improper turns. Left turns tend to cause more accidents than right turns.
- Engaging in distracted driving, such as eating, applying makeup, playing with smartphone apps, or texting while driving.
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs, alcohol, or both. Motorists should also refrain from driving while impaired by prescription drugs or sleep aids that induce drowsiness.
- Following motorcycles too closely, which eliminates the possibility of making a safe emergency stop. Tailgating is often to blame for rear-end collisions.
Were You Seriously Injured in a Crash or Collision in Oklahoma?
Whatever the cause of an accident may be, the end result is often the same: serious injuries which take months or even years to heal from. It’s not uncommon for these injuries to result in permanent, lifelong disability, leading many accident victims to suffer from long-term emotional trauma and financial strain. Some common injuries caused by motorcycle crashes and collisions include:
- Large skin abrasions, more commonly known as road rash. Road rash debridement is excruciatingly painful, while the injury itself can leave the victim permanently scarred or disfigured. If the scarring is severe and affects a highly visible part of the body, like the hands or face, the victim may suffer from depression and mental anguish, and may need costly surgery to help restore their natural appearance before the accident.
- Crush injuries, which occur when a leg, arm, hand, foot, or other part of the body is trapped beneath heavy debris. If the crushed area is too severely damaged, or is deprived of oxygen for too long, the tissue may need to be amputated.
Head injuries like traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is especially common among riders who don’t wear helmets, or whose helmets are dislodged by the force of impact. TBI often co-occurs with spinal cord injury (SCI), where the spinal cord is damaged or completely severed, losing its ability to relay messages between the brain and the rest of the body. While the effects of TBI and SCI can vary depending on the location and severity of the injury, some common medical complications include:
- Difficulty speaking, reading, and/or writing.
- Loss of physical perception, such as perception of pain, temperature, or pressure.
- Full or partial paralysis. Paralysis of the lower limbs is called paraplegia, while full-body paralysis is called quadriplegia or tetraplegia. If nerve damage occurs, certain limbs, fingers, or toes may be paralyzed or lose strength.
- Chronic pain, such as chronic migraine headaches.
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders.
- Depression, anxiety, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Shortened attention span and difficulty concentrating on tasks or information.
Broken bones, particularly wrist fractures caused as ejected riders attempt to break their falls. Broken ribs, broken arms and legs, broken collarbones, and pelvic fractures are all common outcomes. Facial fractures, like a broken nose or broken jaw, can permanently alter the victim’s appearance without corrective surgery. Depending on the location and severity of a fracture, healing can take months, and may require one or more medical procedures. Bone fractures can also have long-term complications if there are any issues during the healing process, such as joint stiffness, contractures, misalignment (malunion), and circulatory problems. Different types of bone fractures include:
- Greenstick Fractures
- Transverse Fractures
- Buckled Fractures
- Comminuted Fractures
- Simple Fractures
- Compound Fractures
- Oral and dental injuries, such as chipped teeth, teeth being knocked out, or teeth being driven through the upper or lower lip. Injuries to the mouth, tongue, or teeth can be disfiguring and extremely costly to treat, especially if an entire row of teeth has been damaged or destroyed. The victim may lose the ability to pronounce words clearly, suffer from chronic pain, or lose sensation in their tongue.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 55 motorcyclists were killed in fatal motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma in 2014: more than pedestrians, bicyclists, or large truck occupants. These 55 tragic fatalities accounted for 8% of the motor vehicle crash deaths in Oklahoma that year, a percentage exceeded only by fatalities among occupants of cars, passenger trucks, and SUVs. The previous year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 84 motorcyclist deaths in Oklahoma crashes.
On the national level, the NHTSA reports that 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2013, estimating an additional 88,000 people were non-fatally injured. The vast majority of injury victims — about 94% — are motorcycle drivers. Passengers represent only 6% of those injured in motorcycle crashes.
Call Our Oklahoma City Motorcycle Accident Attorneys for a Free Legal Consultation
If you have recently been in a motorcycle crash, you need to rest. Your rehabilitation is of the utmost importance, and we understand that completely.
That is why one of our skilled Oklahoma City motorcycle accident lawyers will travel to wherever you are, with an open ear and a desire to help. We will aggressively fight for you to recover the damages that are rightfully yours – all while you have a chance to recover. Don’t worry about complicated legal statutes, insurance paperwork, or accident analysis – we will handle all of the legal and investigative work for you so that you can focus on being with your loved ones and getting the care you need.
Even if you aren’t sure whether you have a claim, or don’t know where to get started, we invite you to call us to learn more about how we can help. We will listen to your account of what happened, answer your questions, and give you free legal advice about your rights and the options that may be available to you. You will not be charged any fees for your initial consultation, and we will always keep your information private.