It can be difficult to know what to do after a motorcycle accident. Multiple insurance companies could be contacting you, and anything you say could affect your legal rights. While dealing with injuries and focusing on your recovery, you shouldn’t have to deal with insurance companies on your own. The experienced Oklahoma motorcycle lawyers at Wandres Law are here to step up and fight for you. Learn more about motorcycle laws in Oklahoma, assessing fault for a motorcycle accident, and what our injury attorneys do to fight hard to get the compensation our clients deserve for motorcycle injuries.
Like other states, Oklahoma has enacted specific laws to keep motorcyclists safe on the road. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office has compiled a helpful list of the basic legal requirements for driver’s license endorsements and mandatory equipment. It is up to each motorcyclist to know their legal obligations and follow the rules of the road. In addition to specific motorcycle requirements, riders must observe all other traffic rules, such as obeying traffic signals and yielding the right-of-way. Riders who fail to do so and who cause or contribute to a collision can be found “at fault” for causing an accident. This affects the amount of compensation that is available for motorcycle accident injuries.
When an auto accident occurs, the driver who was at fault has a legal obligation to pay for all the property damage, injuries, and other forms of damages that they have caused. Insurance companies describe this as the “at fault” driver. The law calls this “liability.” Liability can affect your right to be appropriately compensated for your injuries, so it is important to get advice from an experienced accident attorney. The other driver’s insurance company, no matter how polite and sympathetic they may seem at the outset of a claim, is not on your side.
In a vehicle collision, liability can be fully assigned to any involved driver. It can also be split between two or more of the drivers involved, or even assigned to a person who wasn’t even at the scene of the accident. (For example, a person entrusted the car or motorcycle to someone they knew had a propensity for driving unsafely, or a negligent auto manufacturer could be liable for a motorcycle accident caused by defective brakes.) Even if you were partly at fault for the accident, you could still be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Be sure to consult with a personal injury lawyer before giving up on your claim.
Once your attorney has established liability, they will determine what compensation is fair in your case. Injury victims are entitled to compensation for many different losses. These losses can include lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering (past and future). Your pain and suffering covers many different intangible losses, including:
Motorcycle riders have little protection from the full force of impact in an auto accident. Many victims are left with traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, amputations, and other permanent injuries. It is important for these victims to work with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who knows how to fight for the full amount of compensation they are allowed under state law.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you have legal rights that must be protected. You don’t have to face the insurance company on your own. Call (918) 641-4044 or visit our website to schedule your free consultation. The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Wandres Law have helped many Oklahoma motorcycle accident victims get the compensation they are owed for their injuries and losses. Don’t wait to get an experienced injury lawyer fighting on your side.