Motorcycle Accident FAQ
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, in 2012, there were over 1,665 motorcycle accidents reported across the state. In fact, 668 of these accidents were caused on city streets, most likely due to the low visibility and increase of traffic within each city. When motorcycle accidents occur, the victims and their families often have many unanswered questions as to how this could happen, along with their legal rights.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our motorcycle accident lawyers have won over $100 Million for injured victims, and have listened and answered thousands of questions for injured victims of motorcycle accidents. For this reason, our Tulsa OK personal injury lawyers have decided to gather a list of frequently asked motorcycle accident questions.
Frequently Asked Motorcycle Accident Questions
In Oklahoma, all motorcycle operators and passengers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Furthermore, motorcyclists of all ages are required to wear goggles or a face shield to protect the motorcycle driver from foreign objects.
Not always. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stated that those driving super-sport bikes only make up a small fraction of registered motorcycles; however, if we base this upon the number of registered motorcycles and the death rate among sport-bike riders, it is nearly four times higher than those riding cruisers or standard motorcycles.
Motorcyclists can begin by abiding by all rules of the road, and becoming defensive drivers. It is also advised to wear protective equipment such as a leather jacket, gloves, long pants, and thick shoes. Furthermore, experienced riders may consider refreshing their skills by re-taking a motorcycle safety course.
In the state of Oklahoma, a person has a maximum of two years following their injury to file a claim. If the person does not file their claim within this two year period, they may forfeit the opportunity to receive any compensation for their losses and damages.
Lane splitting is not authorized in the state of Oklahoma; OK Statute 47-11-1103(D) No driver of a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, motorized scooter, motorized bicycle, or electric-assisted bicycle shall pass other vehicles between lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. This subsection shall not apply to the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle.
Unless you are in Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia or Washington D.C. (which practice contributory negligence), the amount of compensation you collect depends on the degree of your fault. Known as comparative negligence, the amount of another party's liability for the accident is determined by comparing his or her negligence with your own. In many states, you are unable to recover anything if you were 50 percent or more responsible for the accident.
Motorcycles have little protection from the outdoors, unlike passenger vehicles, therefore they are much more likely to sustain serious and often fatal injuries. Some common injuries include brain injuries, broken bones, road rash, riders arm, loss of limb, and death.
According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, nearly 73 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occurred on a curve, while 50 percent were alcohol-related. In Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reported those between the ages of 26 and 30 are at the highest risk of an accident with 171 total accidents.
When a motorcyclist is involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is important to remember as much information about the vehicle and driver as possible. This may include color, make, model, and license plate, in addition to any other information. It is imperative to file a police report following the accident, then contact your insurance company as they should cover property damage, medical expenses, and other claims relating to the accident.
If the automobile that cause the accident was under-insured of uninsured, it may be up to your insurance provider to cover the losses and damages associated with the accident. Of course, the victim may need to ensure they have proper coverage's under their policy. Seeking an experienced attorney can help you achieve the maximum compensation needed in each individual case.
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Motorcycle accidents frequently touch more than just persons involved in the crash - family members and other dependents frequently rely on accident victims as their foundation of income and other services that they provide to their families and communities.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our legal team understands the difficulties that many families bear after a loved one has been incapacitated in a motorcycle accident, and are prepared to fight for the rights of injury victims throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.
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