Oklahoma sits in a geographic location relative to the rest of the United States that’s almost directly in the middle of the country. As a result of this and the attractions that lead many people to Oklahoma every year, auto accidents tend to occur at a high rate. Below you’ll find a brief overview of the number and types of accidents that occur in Oklahoma, and if you or someone you love has been injured in any sort of crash, you need the help of an Oklahoma City car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
AN OVERVIEW OF OKLAHOMA AUTO ACCIDENT STATISTICS
During the calendar year of 2008 alone, there were more than 72,000 Oklahoma auto accidents of one sort or another. These crashes led to more than 37,000 injuries and more than 750 fatalities. Broken down further, that equates to more than 100 people being injured in Oklahoma auto accidents every day and more than two people being killed for the same reason. These are troubling numbers, but they indicate that traffic in Oklahoma can be dangerous.
HOW TO PROCEED FOLLOWING AN OKLAHOMA AUTO ACCIDENT
If you or someone you love is part of this growing statistic, there are certain steps you should take to make sure that (a) you are protecting your health and (b) that you are protecting your legal rights. The first step after an accident should be to obtain a full medical evaluation. There are many injuries that occur that are quite severe but appear to be minor based on either the first symptoms that occur or the total lack of immediate symptoms. In short, one can never be too careful when it comes to hidden trauma caused by an Oklahoma auto accident.
Secondly, you should seek the immediate help of an experienced Oklahoma auto accident lawyer. An attorney will be able to help you decide if filing a legal claim is an advisable step, and the sooner you take this action the better your chances are of preserving evidence and building a strong case in general. If you find yourself in this situation, contact the Oklahoma City auto accident lawyers at Atkins & Markoff today to schedule a free initial consultation.