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Bike accident in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bicyclists have the same rights as other drivers on Oklahoma roads. But because cyclists have less protection than occupants of a vehicle do, they are at risk of the most severe injuries if a bicycle accident occurs. In Tulsa alone, cyclists are five times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash, according to government statistics.

By law, bicyclists can seek financial compensation if they are injured in an accident caused by someone else. This money will come from filing a successful personal injury claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company. But getting the insurer to provide a full and fair payout can be a challenge. That’s where a bicycle accident attorney from Edwards & Patterson Law can help.

Our skilled Tulsa injury lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience providing Oklahomans with high-quality legal services. We blend knowledge with compassion to build strong cases for maximum compensation for injured people, and we’re proud of our track record of success.

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Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents happen everywhere, but most often in urban areas and outside of intersections. Some of the most common causes of these collisions include:

  • Dooring: These types of accidents happen when a motorist opens a vehicle door in front of an oncoming cyclist without checking if the way is clear.
  • Distracted driving: Drivers who are occupied with texting, talking on the phone, or other activities may drift into the bicyclist’s lane or strike them while turning.
  • Left-hand turns: Bikes are slower and less visible to drivers. Motorists making left turns may fail to see a cyclist or misjudge the distance when making a left turn, causing a deadly collision.
  • Aggressive driving: The law may grant cyclists the same rights are other drivers, but some motorists are resentful of sharing the road with bicycles. This can lead to dangerous episodes of road rage, tailgating, and/or pranks such as throwing items at cyclists.
  • Speeding: Driving too fast increases the chance of severe injuries in any type of collision, especially for vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Impaired driving or riding: Driving or biking under the influence of drugs or alcohol reduces motor coordination, reaction time, judgment, and awareness — all things that contribute to deadly wrecks.
  • Vehicles driving too close to a bike: Oklahoma law says that motorists must leave at least three feet of clearance between their vehicles when passing a bike. They must also maintain a safe distance from bicyclists in traffic. When that doesn’t happen, the consequences can be devastating.

When a driver breaks a traffic law and causes a bike accident, they can — and should — be held accountable for their negligence. It’s smart to talk to an attorney as soon as possible if you were hit and injured by another driver.

Common Injuries from Bicycle Accidents

Some the injuries that bicycle accident victims suffer include:

  • Pelvic fractures and other broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Damage to teeth, jaws, and other dental injuries
  • Deep cuts and bruising
  • Mobility loss
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Road rash
  • Chronic pain

What Evidence Do I Need for My Bicycle Accident Case?

Strong evidence is essential to win any bicycle accident claim. You must be able to prove that the other party(s) are responsible for the accident and your injuries.

Examples of evidence include:

  • Medical records
  • Photos of the accident scene and your injuries
  • Video surveillance from nearby business or traffic signals
  • Witness statements
  • Police reports
  • Physical evidence from the crash, such as ripped or bloody clothing, a shattered helmet, and the damaged bike
  • Expert testimony from doctors, vocational rehab representatives, and financial planners
  • Your own account of the accident, ideally written soon after the crash

A knowledgeable bicycle accident lawyer will know what evidence is necessary to build a strong and solid case for you. An attorney can also represent you during settlement negotiations with the insurance company in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

How Is Fault Proven in a Bicycle Accident Case?

To prove that someone else’s wrongful or negligent actions caused your bicycle wreck, you must show:

  • They had a duty to protect you.
  • They failed in this duty by doing something careless, negligent, or wrongful.
  • Their actions caused your accident, which resulted in your injuries and other damages.
  • Financial compensation is owed to make you “whole” again.

Some parties that might be liable in an Oklahoma cycling accident include:

  • Drivers
  • Pedestrians
  • The bicyclists themselves
  • A local municipality
  • The restaurant or bar who overserved a drunk driver
  • A third party, such as the car’s manufacturer, if a defective part caused the crash

Sometimes, it’s not clear who is at fault for a bicycle accident. A lawyer can launch an independent investigation to determine what happened and who should be held accountable for your injuries and other losses.

What Should I Do If I Was Partially at Fault for the Accident?

In Oklahoma, it’s still possible to collect compensation even if you are partly to blame for a bicycle accident. Under the state’s modified comparative negligence rule, cyclists can still recover money as long as they were less than 50 percent responsible for the collision. However, the courts will reduce the amount you can receive based on your percentage of fault.

For example, if you were 20 percent responsible for the bicycle accident and your damages were worth $100,000, then the most compensation you could get would be $80,000.

Disputes about fault can make or break a bike accident claim. If you are found even one percentage point above the 50 percent limit, you can’t receive any money at all. Insurance companies know this. They’ll fight hard to push as much fault as possible onto you. A tough lawyer can protect you from being unfairly blamed.

Talk to a Tulsa Bicycle Accident Attorney Today

Don’t wait to fight for the compensation and justice you deserve. Get started on the road to recovery by contacting the dedicated bicycle accident lawyers at Edwards & Patterson Law today. All initial consultations are free. Contact us now.

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