Tulsa Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer
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 often fair 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, which may include but not be limited to extensive medical bills, lost wages, disfigurement, dismemberment, burns, fractures, breaks, and other extensive damages. Though our Tulsa motorcycle accident attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker can not undue the harms 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, there are certain harms that 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, concussion, and traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, cracked skulls and TBIs are often fatal.
● Neck Injuries: Neck injuries can be more devastating than head injuries, as if they are not fatal, then 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: Again, though 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 having to deal 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.
Motorcycle Accident Claims are Difficult to Win
Unfortunately, there is a very real stigma surrounding motorcycles and their operators. Despite the fact that there were nearly 8.5 million motorcycles registered to private citizens and public organizations nearly 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 they have had 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 can help eliminate prejudice and paint a motorcyclist in a positive light.
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 Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker today to discuss your case and to obtain a free case evaluation .