Oklahoma has long been a motorcycle rider’s paradise. With beautiful and scenic winding roads to favorable laws, our state welcomes riders. Sadly many motorcyclists are injured every year, and the injuries are often very severe. In fact, while motorcycle crashes make up just a small share of all motor vehicle crashes nationwide, they tend to represent a disproportionately high number of fatalities.
At the office of DODD HENRY, we believe that all riders, from weekend motorcycle enthusiasts to serious bikers, should be able to enjoy riding without fear of what will happen if some negligent driver should disregard their rights. If someone caused a crash that hurt you or another member of your family, give us a call today, and let our team get started fighting for your rights.
WHAT MAKES MOTORCYCLE INJURIES SEVERE
It should come as no surprise that motorcycle crashes are usually much worse than regular car wrecks. Without the protection of a car to shield the rider, injuries tend to be serious or even life threatening. A lot of crashes happen because drivers disregard or don’t see the riders, thus making these high-speed and high-impact crashes more perilous.
TYPICAL MOTORCYCLE CRASHES
Everyone’s crash will be unique. But there are several key scenarios that occur more often than others. These are:
Left-Turn Crashes. When a bike approaches an intersection and a car is preparing to turn left coming the opposite direction, it can spell disaster. If the driver is not looking for smaller objects like motorcycles, he or she may turn left right in front of the bike, entirely disregarding the right-of-way.
Rear-End Crashes. These happen when someone is not paying attention or cannot stop in time. Tailgating and texting are common causes.
Lay Down or Wipe Out Accidents. Every experienced motorcyclist knows that there are crashes that simply can’t be avoided. Once a driver disregards you and cuts you off, you may have to lay down the bike to avoid a direct hit. Unlike a car, motorcycles don’t stop the same way. These accidents often result in road rash injuries and fractures to the lower extremities.
Passing Impacts. Whether you call it buzzing or illegal passing, it is illegal for a car to pass within your lane. Motorcycles are not bicycles, because motorcycles have the same rights as those who drive 4-wheel vehicles.
AVAILABLE COMPENSATION FOR MOTORCYCLE CRASHES
If you are injured in a motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to compensation, including money for:
WHAT IF YOU WEREN’T WEARING A HELMET?
Oklahoma law does not require adult riders to wear a helmet. This could change one day, but for now riders are free to legally make this choice. However, if you suffer head traumas and were not wearing a helmet, you can bet the insurance company will try to use this to reduce your compensation. As a general rule, it is much safer to wear a helmet.
Our firm will fight to protect your rights and hold the negligent driver accountable for injuries caused while you were enjoying your legal right to ride helmet free.
GETTING HELP NOW
The sooner you call a lawyer, the better. At the office of DODD HENRY, we have the experience and dedication to put you on the road to recovery faster. Call for a free consultation today, and let us deal with the insurance company.
The insurance company of the at-fault driver is responsible for paying your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages from the accident. However, the insurance company will not pay you anything until your case is resolved. That may take several months, since you should not resolve your claim until you have reached what is known as “maximum medical improvement.” Only then will you know whether you may have a lasting impairment from the accident.
If you have no medical insurance, we can work with your medical providers to assure them that they will be paid out of your recovery when your case is resolved. In this way, you can continue to receive medical treatment. It is essential for you to receive treatment for two reasons:
As your lawyers, we will also work with you to collect and preserve evidence of liability. This includes photographs of your damaged bike and the accident scene, statements from witnesses, and the police report of the accident.