Car Accident Lawsuit?
Finding Car Accident Lawyers Who Care
The time after a serious car accident can be chaotic and scary, especially if you’ve suffered significant injuries and property damage. You are in a lot of pain and mental shock. Perhaps you are unable to work and you may be facing a lifetime of disability. The damage to your vehicle may leave you without transportation. You have to deal with all of these hardships while the bills are piling up. The thought of wrangling with insurance companies and the legal system may be too much to bear.
Stop worrying now! An accomplished Oklahoma auto accident attorney at Edwards & Patterson Law is ready to help ease the burden of going through a car accident lawsuit. We care about you and what you’re going through. We are prepared to fight for your right to car crash compensation and see your case through to a successful result.
To make sure you protect your rights and best interests, call on the skilled car accident lawyers at Edwards & Patterson Law. It is important to call immediately before evidence disappears and witnesses forget details. We closely examine the circumstances of your crash and car accident lawsuit. We often work with experts to investigate and reconstruct the wreck. We add up all of the losses you suffered. We then build a strong case to seek the car crash compensation you need and deserve.
We are dedicated to holding negligent parties accountable and are passionate about fighting for accident victims throughout Oklahoma. We care. We fight. We win!
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
The moments, hours and days following a serious car accident are understandably a very confusing time for victims. Knowing what to do after an accident can increase the likelihood of a full recovery – physically, emotionally and financially.
- Stop at the scene.
- Get out of harm’s way if possible.
- Call 911.
- Check yourself and others for serious injuries if you are able.
- Seek medical treatment. Remember that some serious injuries do not show immediate symptoms, and “adrenaline” from the shock of a crash can mask injuries.
- If you are not taken by ambulance to the hospital, get a full medical examination as soon as possible, and be sure to let the doctor know that you were in a crash.
- Cooperate with the law enforcement officer who responds to the call.
- When talking to the police, answer questions honestly, but do not speculate or provide more information than you are asked.
- Obtain contact information, identification and insurance details from all the other drivers involved in the accident. Also get contact info for any witnesses.
- Take as many photos as you can of the accident scene, the damaged vehicles, your injuries and anything else that might be useful. If you are unable to do so yourself, ask someone else on the scene to take photos for you. Cellphones are very handy for this purpose.
- Report the accident to your insurance company, but do not provide a written or recorded statement without the advice of your attorney.
- Get help from a qualified car accident lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the sooner your lawyer can begin investigating the crash and dealing with the insurance companies on your behalf.
- Follow through with all medical appointments and treatments.
- Take daily notes about how your injuries have affected your life.
- Do not accept a quick settlement offer from the other driver’s insurance company. It is most likely far less than you deserve.
What Caused Your Motor Vehicle Accident?
There are many different factors that could lead to an auto accident resulting in personal injuries. Some of the most common include:
This has become a major problem in recent years, as most drivers have cell phones that create major distractions. It’s important for motorists to avoid talking on a phone or texting while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for several seconds at a time can make it difficult to avoid a crash if traffic suddenly changes. Technology isn’t the only source of driver distraction. Even simple actions like eating, talking, tending to children or grooming can divert a driver’s attention.
Drunk driving continues to be an issue throughout the country, including here in Oklahoma. Motorists with blood alcohol content (BAC) levels above 0.08 percent are considered to be legally intoxicated, however even drivers with lower BAC levels may be more likely to cause serious car accidents. Drug impairment is another major safety issue. Not only illegal drugs, but also prescription and over-the-counter drugs can make a driver unsafe on the road.
Many people operate their vehicles while overly tired due to lack of sleep or too little rest. This can be nearly as dangerous as intoxicated driving, as drowsy or fatigued motorists have reduced reaction times and may even fall asleep at the wheel. Driver fatigue is a particular problem for long-haul truck drivers and nightshift workers.
Speeding, darting back and forth quickly between lanes, running red lights, tailgating and other aggressive tactics are all incredibly dangerous, especially when there is a lot of traffic. These behaviors are often the result of road rage when drivers fail to keep their emotions in check.
In rainy, icy, snowy or foggy conditions, all drivers have the responsibility to drive cautiously and reduce their speed to avoid accidents. If they fail to do so, they make our roads and highways more dangerous for everyone. Foul weather is not a valid excuse for a crash. Drivers are responsible for keeping their vehicles under control no matter the weather.
Some vehicles are defective by design or in the way they were manufactured. Auto defects may cause an accident, such as when a tire blows out or brakes fail. In some cases, the accident was caused by something else, but a defect made the injuries worse than they should have been – for example, when an air bag fails to deploy or a roof crushes down.
Teen drivers – Inexperience, immaturity and feelings of invincibility are but a few traits that contribute to the high accident rates among the youngest drivers on the roads of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Car Accident Facts
Car crashes are an all-to-common occurrence in Oklahoma. The vast majority of these accidents result from carelessness or recklessness on the part of a driver or someone else responsible for the safety of motorists.
If someone else’s negligence caused the accident that injured you, Oklahoma law may allow you to recover compensation from the at-fault party. The state uses a “tort” or “fault” system, unlike some jurisdictions that follow no-fault rules. This means that victims of crashes in Oklahoma can pursue compensation from the at-fault parties and their insurance carriers.
Even if you were partly to blame for the accident, you may still be able to recover partial compensation for your losses. That’s because Oklahoma uses a legal rule called “comparative fault.” Under this law, accident victims who were also negligent can still recover part of their damages, so long as they were not 51 percent or more to blame for the crash. The compensation would be reduced according to the percentage of fault. For example, if a driver were 10 percent to blame and suffered $100,000 in losses, he or she could recover $90,000.
Oklahoma Insurance Law
Oklahoma requires all motorists to carry liability coverage. The minimum required limits are 25/50/25. This means the policy must provide liability coverage for up to $25,000 in bodily injury insurance per person, $50,000 in total bodily injury coverage and $25,000 in property damage coverage.
Even though Oklahoma law requires auto insurance, many drivers lack even minimum coverage. Even if a driver carries minimum coverage, it may not be enough to pay for serious injuries.
If you are hurt in an accident caused by someone with too little insurance or none at all, you may be entitled to car crash compensation through the uninsured motorist / underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage on your own policy. However, even when dealing with “your” insurance company, you are likely to find that the company is reluctant to pay the full value of your claim. Working with an experienced car accident lawyer can help to ensure that you recover what you deserve from all available sources.
An Auto Accident Lawyer Can Seek Car Crash Compensation For You
The negligence of a driver or another party generally plays a role in a accident lawsuit. At Edwards & Patterson Law, we take immediate action to investigate the true cause of your crash and determine who was really at fault. We follow up by seeking compensation from the responsible parties and their insurance companies, leaving no stone unturned.
If you’ve been involved in a serious car accident resulting in injuries, call on the experienced Oklahoma lawyers at Edwards & Patterson Law. We offer free case evaluations with no strings attached. Call us today at 877-403-8417 or contact us online. Our team takes cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay no attorney’s fees unless you recover monetary damages.
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If you’ve been involved in a serious car accident resulting in injuries, call on the experienced Oklahoma and Arkansas lawyers at Edwards & Patterson Law. We offer free case evaluations with no strings attached. Call us today at 877-761-5059 or contact us online. Our team takes cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay no attorney’s fees unless you recover monetary damages.