Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence, especially during the warmer months of spring and summer. Whether due to negligence on the part of another driver, unsafe road conditions, or some other reason, motorcycle accidents can be deadly. Even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet and taking proper safety precautions, these types of accidents can result in devastating, life-threatening injuries, or even death. As we dive deeper into spring, we thought it would be a good time to go over some of the most frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents. It can be difficult to know what to do following such a serious accident like this, which is where this helpful guide will come in handy. In order to better understand your rights and what steps should be taken immediately following a motorcycle accident, we encourage you to take the time to educate yourself about the various laws in Oklahoma.
Below you will find a handful of the most frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma.
Q: What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
A: We get this question a lot, so we thought we would start here. It is absolutely imperative that motorcyclists are alert and cautious at all times, however, sometimes accidents can happen regardless of how careful you are. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted car or truck drivers
- Poor visibility
- Unsafe road conditions or hazards
Q: Who can file a claim for a motorcycle accident injury or death?
A: In Oklahoma, either the motorcycle driver or passenger may bring a claim against another party if they believe they were at fault for the accident. It should be noted that there are certain conditions and thresholds that must be met in Oklahoma before a claim can be filed, so be sure and discuss your case with a personal injury attorney before proceeding.
Q: Who can be held responsible for injuries or death resulting from a motorcycle accident?
A: A lawsuit can be brought against anyone who was at fault and caused the crash that resulted in your injuries or death. In many instances, it is the driver of a car or truck who is found guilty of negligence. However, the operator of the motorcycle may also be held liable if his or her actions resulted in injury or death to the passenger.
Q: What types of damages can I receive?
A: Depending on how serious the accident was and your injuries were, in turn, you may have numerous expenses following a motorcycle crash. This is especially true if your injuries require medical attention and keep you out of work. Some of the damages you can receive include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy
Q: Do I need an attorney for my motorcycle accident case?
A: Motorcycle accident claims can be quite complicated, especially if the person at fault did not have adequate insurance or left the scene. In order to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, it is imperative you have a knowledgeable personal injury attorney by your side.
To learn more about motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma, please contact Atkins & Markoff today. We are happy to discuss your case with you and determine what steps need to be taken in order to ensure justice is served.