As motorcycle ownership has increased in recent years so has the number of motorcycle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 86 people died in Oklahoma motorcycle wrecks in 2008. Nationally, over 3,000 people per year are killed in motorcycle accidents. There is no debating that motorcycles are an inherently dangerous means of transportation.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle wreck, it’s crucial that you have an experienced Oklahoma motorcycle accident lawyer on your side that will fight for the compensation you deserve. At McIntyre Law P.C. in Oklahoma City, we have an experienced team of legal professionals ready to assist you through every aspect of your claim. We will make sure the insurance company fairly compensates you for your motorcycle property damage and any injuries you have suffered. We also work extensively fighting for families who have lost loved ones in a motorcycle accident in Oklahoma.
Successful, Ethical Crash Lawyers for Oklahoma Motorcyclists
Honesty, hard work and compassion are the hallmarks of our law firm. We strive to provide the best legal representation to motorcycle wreck victims while adhering to a strict code of ethics. We pledge to keep the victims best interests in mind and make the legal process as painless as possible for the injured and their family. At McIntyre Law you will get the full attention of our Oklahoma attorneys and have unabated access to those attorneys at all times.
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one are involved in an Oklahoma motorcycle wreck many things flash through your mind. Your first priority should be to determine whether you or anyone else is injured and then immediately call 911 for police and medical help. Once police and medical professionals arrive on the scene, you should then gather and write down as much information about the accident as you can to protect yourself and provide valuable information once the claims process begins. The attorneys at McIntyre Law highly recommend that if you are involved in an Oklahoma motorcycle crash you immediately do and collect the following:
- Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect you or your passengers have been injured.
- Collect names, driver’s license numbers, contact information (at least a home address and phone number) and insurance information for all motorcyclists and drivers involved in the crash.
- Insurance information for all vehicles known to be involved in the motorcycle accident.
- Names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Don’t limit yourself to those parties involved in the accident. Actively ask bystanders if they witnessed the motorcycle accident and to provide you with their version of what happened.
- Determine if any of the drivers involved in the accident appeared to be distracted. You must immediately inform the police investigating the accident whether a driver was talking on his or her cell phone, appeared to be texting and/or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- A detailed description of the motorcycle accident, including which direction the vehicles were going before the accident, what roads the vehicles were traveling on, the weather and related conditions (fog, rain, night, ice), what happened, any injuries that occurred, what was damaged, and what the police did, especially if they issued tickets or gave a sobriety test.
- Contact information for every investigating officer at the scene of the car wreck.
- Contact a personal injury attorney with experience in Oklahoma motorcycle wrecks as soon as possible after you have been involved in a motorcycle wreck.
Never assume that the driver who hit you will admit to fault. You are the first line of defense in protecting yourself during the claims investigation and the information you garner after an accident can prove invaluable to your claim as the claims process and/or litigation proceeds.
What are the Typical Causes of Oklahoma Motorcycle Wrecks?
At McIntyre Law we have represented numerous individuals who have suffered personal injuries because of the negligence of other motorists. Studies show that most motorcycle accidents occur due to the motorcycle leaving the highway. These accidents are typically caused by inattentive motorists forcing the motorcycle off the highway. We also typically see motorcycle accidents where the motorcycle wreck is the result of a motorist running a traffic control devise such as a stop sign. We also see motorcycle wrecks where a car turns in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Each and every one of these types of accidents and other accidents usually result in serious injuries or even death to the motorcyclist due in part that they are typically thrown from the motorcycle. Learn more about motorcycle injury statistics.
What Injuries Do People Typically Suffer in an Oklahoma Motorcycle Crash?
As Oklahoma motorcycle crash lawyers, we have represented a broad spectrum of Oklahomans injured in motorcycle wrecks. Whether you or a loved one are suffering from traumatic brain injury, whiplash, neck or back strains, broken bones, disc problems and/or surgical interventions as a result of the motorcycle crash, the Tulsa attorneys at McIntyre Law have the experience that will help you get the long term care you need. Your motorcycle accident may have resulted in any number of personal injuries, including but not limited to:
- Head trauma
- Spinal trauma
- Back and neck pain
- Lacerations and scars
- Severe bruising
- Permanent disfigurement
- Mental Anguish
By Hiring an Oklahoma Motorcycle Accident Attorney, What Damages Can an Injured Motorcyclist Expect to Recover?
Under Oklahoma law, you are entitled to recover the following if you are injured in an Oklahoma motorcycle accident: His or her physical pain and suffering, past and future; His or her mental pain and suffering, past and future; and reasonable expenses of the necessary medical care, treatment, and services, past and future.
Specifically, Oklahoma law allows a jury to consider the following in a personal injury accident:: His or her physical pain and suffering, past and future; His or her mental pain and suffering, past and future; His or her age; His or her physical condition immediately before and after the accident; The nature and extent of his or her injuries; Whether the injuries are permanent; The physical impairment; The disfigurement; Loss of earnings and/or time; Impairment of earning capacity; and The reasonable expenses of the necessary medical care, treatment, and services, past and future.
The Oklahoma motorcycle crash lawyers at McIntyre Law in Oklahoma City and Tulsa are experienced and prepared to get you the maximum amount of recovery the law allows as a result of a motorcycle accident.
What Do I Do If a Loved One has Died in an Oklahoma Motorcycle Wreck?
Motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States. In Oklahoma alone we typically have over 80 motorcycle related deaths each year. The lawyers at McIntyre Law take our role as counselors of the law very serious in wrongful death actions. We are here to provide you legal guidance as well as listening to the heartache you and/or your family are going through.
According to Oklahoma law, a wrongful death claim is when an individual dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual while driving a motorcycle. Oklahoma law allows immediate family members of the deceased to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages from pain and suffering, lost wages, mental anguish, loss of companionship, medical costs, and other expenses.
Should You Try To Handle Your Oklahoma Motorcycle Wreck Without Legal Representation?
When you are involved in an Oklahoma motorcycle accident never assume that the at-fault’s insurance company will treat you fairly during the claims process. The negligent driver’s insurance company owes you no duty and will always try to compensate you less for your claim than what you deserve. The only way to level the playing field against insurance adjusters who have years of experience and training in getting you to take less than what your claim is worth is to retain the services of an experienced and aggressive Oklahoma motorcycle crash lawyer.
What If The Negligent Driver Does Not Have Insurance?
Studies have consistently shown that one in three Oklahoma drivers is without vehicle insurance. These startling facts make it imperative you purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist will protect you when you are injured by an uninsured driver. Underinsured motorist coverage will protect you where you have been seriously injured and negligent person does not carry enough liability insurance to cover your needs.
It’s important to have the expertise of an Oklahoma attorney experienced in uninsured/underinsured motorist laws. Oklahoma uninsured/underinsured motorists’ laws are complex and require that you adhere to the duties proscribed by law and your insurance policy in order to collect for any injuries suffered due to the negligence of an uninsured/underinsured motorist.
Should You Hire an Oklahoma Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Represent You in Your Accident?
The lawyers at McIntyre Law are experienced in dealing with various types of accidents and the insurance companies that regularly attempt to “low-ball” individuals who try to go through the claims process alone. We can guide you through the many different types of motorcycle accidents and help you avoid the pitfalls that may arise in your case. The attorneys at McIntyre Law know your time is precious and will attempt to force the insurance companies to speed up the process, whether that process is resolving your property damage or getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
We also strive to provide our client’s with a worry free approach to the claims process. You are retaining the services of an experienced Oklahoma motorcycle accident attorney who has settled and/or litigated numerous Oklahoma motorcycle wreck claims. Our goal is to take the worry and pressure associated in dealing with adjusters completely away from our clients.
Many people fear the prospect of paying an attorney for their services in a motorcycle wreck. However, you should know that studies show that, on average, people who settle their motorcycle wreck claims with the help of an experienced attorney typically receive larger settlements even after fees for services have been deducted from the settlement amount.
What Areas of Oklahoma do our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Practice In?
The Oklahoma personal injury attorneys in our office routinely handle cases throughout the state of Oklahoma. Our client representation covers the entire state of Oklahoma from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Edmond, Norman, Ardmore, Idabel, Shawnee, Stillwater, Midwest City and Moore, in counties including Oklahoma County, Tulsa County, Payne County, Cleveland and McCurtain County. No matter where you are in the state of Oklahoma, our lawyers stand ready to help you.
If you or a loved one has been the unfortunate victim of a motorcycle accident please contact McIntyre Law. The exceptional level of experience and personal care can make a difference in the outcome of your case.