If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, you have quite a few biases to overcome to obtain the compensation you deserve. A skilled attorney can help.
Because of their small frames and lack of protection, motorcycles are often destroyed in crashes. Unfortunately, their operators do not usually fare too much better. If you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident in Tulsa, you may know this all too well.
You may also be familiar with the devastating consequences of a motorcycle crash, including but not limited to extensive medical bills, lost wages, disfigurement, dismemberment, burns, fractures, breaks, and other comprehensive damages. Though an experienced Tulsa motorcycle accident attorney at BDIW Law can not undo the harm done to you, we can help you recoup the compensation you need to recover in financial and physical comfort.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Though injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents vary depending on the severity of the accident, the nature of the accident, the type of protective gear the biker was wearing, and the size of the other vehicle involved in the accident, specific harms commonly arise in motorcycle accident cases. Some of the more common types of injuries our Tulsa personal injury firm sees include the following:
- Head Injuries: Many claims that we see arise from cracked skulls, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, cracked skulls and TBIs are often fatal.
- Neck Injuries: Neck injuries can be more devastating than head injuries if they are not fatal. They often result in paralysis.
- Broken Bones: It is not uncommon for motorcycle accident victims to sustain one or several broken bones or fractures in crashes. Though not usually fatal, broken bones can result in extensive hospital bills, missed work, and lost wages.
- Road Rash: Although road rash is not usually fatal, it can result in extensive medical bills and lost wages. Not only that but road rash has been known to lead to permanent nerve and muscle damage.
For many motorcycle accident victims, physical injuries are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to dealing with physical pain and extensive medical bills, accident victims may miss months of work, which means no wages.
They may also become permanently disabled, which means diminished quality of life, reduced earning potential, and possibly loss of consortium. In short, damages sustained in motorcycle crashes often go far beyond the immediate and can be life-changing.
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Motorcycle Accident Claims Are Difficult to Win
Unfortunately, there is a very real stigma surrounding motorcycles and their operators. Even though there were nearly 8.5 million motorcycles registered to private citizens and public organizations almost a decade ago, 127,000 of which were in Oklahoma, a vast majority of Americans perceive motorcycle operators as needlessly reckless.
Some even perceive motorcycle riders as troublemakers. These perceptions, though unfair, make it difficult for motorcycle accident victims to recoup compensation after accidents. This is especially true if a claim goes to trial.
If a claim goes to trial, motorcycle operators must appeal to jurors. Jurors may have a bad impression of motorcyclists because of one or two encounters with a “bad seed,” meaning an operator that split lanes, sped, ignored right-of-way signs, or acted with complete disregard for him or herself and others.
These are just two disadvantages that motorcycle accident victims face when dealing with a claim. Typically, only an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Tulsa can help eliminate prejudice and paint a motorcyclist in a positive light.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Tulsa
Your motorcycle accident lawyer in Tulsa, OK, will determine who is liable for your accident and resulting injuries. The at-fault party will be compelled to compensate you for your damages if your motorcycle accident claim is successful.
Motorcycle accidents can be caused in several ways. Often, they are caused by negligent and irresponsible motorists. When other drivers fail to check blindspots, leave too little stopping distance, fail to yield to the right of way, drive over the speed limit, or commit other traffic violations, they can cause catastrophic collisions.
Dangerous Road Conditions
Distracted, drunk, aggressive, drowsy, and drugged driving are also a significant cause for concern. However, negligent drivers are not the only cause of motorcycle accidents. These wrecks have also been known to be caused by dangerous road conditions in Tulsa.
Some examples could include potholes remaining unfilled, traffic lights are not repaired, or road construction workers not adequately securing road construction zones. In this case, government agencies and municipalities responsible for maintaining the safety of the roadways could be held accountable for your damages. You can rely on your motorcycle accident attorney to thoroughly investigate to identify all parties who contributed to your injuries so you can recover your losses in full.
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Work with an Experienced Tulsa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident in Oklahoma, do not attempt to resolve your claim on your own. Even if you know you were not in the wrong, there is a good chance you will face prejudice and other challenges throughout the claims process.
You can increase your odds of success by contacting an aggressive Tulsa motorcycle accident attorney. Reach out to BDIW Law today to discuss your case and to obtain a free case evaluation.
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