Tulsa Car Accident Lawyers
When car crashes and collisions leave you suffering serious injuries, our Tulsa car accident lawyers are here to help you get the compensation you need to recover.
In the space of a few moments, a sudden car crash or collision can leave you suffering serious and potentially life threatening injuries. Dealing with the logistical and financial consequences of a car accident is a disorienting and confounding experience. Arranging for other transportation and trying to power through your pain to try to get through the activities for which other people depend on you are stressful and exhausting. That is even before the medical bills come, followed by an insurance settlement offer so low it barely makes a dent in them. The Tulsa car accident lawyers at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker can help you answer these and other important questions in your efforts to recover physically and financially from a motor vehicle accident. . As professional Tulsa car accident lawyers, we have over 65 years of combined experience in helping injured victims hold responsible drivers accountable, so they can get the compensation they need to recover in a car accident claim.
How Do I File a Car Accident Claim in Tulsa?
Reporting a car accident to your insurance company opens an insurance claim. You should report the accident even if you are partially at fault, or even entirely at fault. Reporting the accident to your insurance company is not the first thing you should do after an accident, though, especially if you are injured. Before anything else, you should exchange information with the other driver; the law requires you to provide your name, address, and vehicle registration number to the other driver. If possible, have a police officer come to the scene of the accident and fill out a police report.
The next thing to do is to have your injuries examined. It might be a hassle to spend hours waiting in the emergency room, but it is a much bigger hassle to deal with a painful injury that does not start to show symptoms until a few days later and not to have documentation in your medical records of the fact that the direct cause of this injury was a car accident.
Protecting You Against Car Accident Injuries
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) , roughly 33,000 people are injured as the result of car crashes annually in our state. Of these, more than 20% of victims live in the Tulsa County area. At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we know the serious damages these crashes cause for drivers, passengers, and their family members. Our Tulsa car accident lawyers represent the rights of victims when the following types of injuries occur:
- Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle or tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Broken bones and dislocated joints;
- Severe cuts, lacerations, and burns;
- Crushing injuries, resulting in internal bleeding and damage to body organs;
- Back and neck injuries, such as herniated discs and fractured vertebrae;
- Head injuries, resulting in concussion and traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
- Spinal cord injuries, resulting in partial or complete paralysis.
Defending Your Rights in a Car Accident Claim
As Tulsa car accident lawyers, we know that while road, weather, and traffic conditions may play a role in your accident, it is the reckless driving behaviors of others that are often ultimately to blame. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) , the following are among the most common causes of car accidents and injuries throughout the U.S.:
- Speeding and driving too fast for conditions;
- Disregarding traffic signs and signals;
- Aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating and failure to yield;
- Distracted driving, such as using cell phones or texting behind the wheel;
- Drowsy driving, and falling asleep behind the wheel;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications.
In these situations, you may be entitled to compensation through the at fault drivers insurance. Unfortunately, these companies are well known for either denying or undervaluing claims. At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, our Tulsa car accident lawyers can negotiate with insurance representatives on your behalf. In the event a settlement cannot be reached or the other driver is uninsured, we can advise you on your rights in filing a car accident lawsuit seeking compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you suffer.
How Will an Attorney Help Me?
A Tulsa car accident lawyer can help you even if you do not file a car accident lawsuit. After initially reporting the accident to your insurance company, you should contact a personal injury lawyer, especially if your injuries are severe enough that their treatment will cost more than the at-fault driver’s policy limit. (This happens more often than you might think because even though the safety features present in today’s cars are effective at preventing serious injury, healthcare is so expensive that, if your injuries require surgery or a hospital stay, the cost could easily exceed the driver’s policy limit.)
Car accident lawyers only encourage you to file lawsuits if doing so is the only way to get the money to cover your accident-related financial losses. Except in the case of the most severe injuries, lawyers can often get you the money you need just by negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf.
Our Tulsa Car Accident Lawyers are Here to Help
When car accident injuries impact you or a loved one, Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker act as strong legal advocates on your side. Reach out and contact our Tulsa car accident lawyers today and request a free consultation to see how we can help you get what you are entitled to in your claim.