Car accidents are an occurrence that is on the rise and are the main cause of personal injury claims in America today. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, there were 5.6 million car accidents that were reported to the police. If you have been involved in one of these crashes, you know what a difference it can make in your livelihood. You are injured and your car is a mess; you aren't sure if you have enough sick leave to cover the time it will take to get well and to get your car fixed or replaced.
The overriding law that cover car accidents is the law of negligence. Drivers who are on the road are expected to use reasonable care under all circumstances. You, as a user of the highways and roadways of Oklahoma, expect that other drivers will use their common sense and driving abilities to ensure that no accident occurs. There are times that no matter how carefully you drive or how defensively you behave, a car accident happens that is no fault of yours.
It is at times like this that you need to call in a legal professional and bone up on the laws of this state. Failure to use reasonable care under any circumstance can lead to injury and property damage. You need to be sure that you are recompensed for any losses you have. You can bring a court case and you, as the plaintiff, must prove that the defendant, or the person who caused the accident in the first place, caused you injury.
There is also the insurance company to deal with. They will, in many cases, talk directly to you and urge you to take a payment that is far below what your injury level is. You have missed work, suffered injuries that caused huge medical bills and your car needs fixing or replacing. An attorney can deal with this and work to get you what you rightly deserve.
Source: FindLaw, "Car accident basics," accessed Sep. 19, 2015