Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney
Human error causes over 90 percent of the car crashes in Oklahoma City.
Many of these wrecks involve serious injuries. The resulting medical bills often add up to tens of thousands of dollars, and in most cases, health insurance companies refuse to pay these costs. Additionally, since the victim is probably out of work, regular bills pile up as well. All this time, the insurance company calls relentlessly and demands settlement.
Oklahoma has unfortunately suffered six tragic crash related deaths, within the first week of the New Year. According to NewsOK, five of the fatal wrecks were on icy roadways, authorities reported.
At Dodd Henry, we believe in resolving these cases as quickly as possible so victims can get back to living life. However, we never place expediency or speed above your legal and financial rights. In fact, we fight tenaciously to ensure that you receive fair compensation for all your injuries. We are not satisfied with anything less than the best results under the circumstances. Those are your standards as well as ours.
What Causes Car Crashes?
Tire tread separations, sudden wind gusts, and a few other events cause a handful of crashes. But almost all vehicle wrecks are related, to some extent, to one of the five kinds of driving impairment. These types of impairment are:
- Alcohol: Despite a decades long law enforcement crackdown, alcohol still causes about a third of the fatal car crashes in Oklahoma. Alcohol slows reaction times and impairs judgement; resulting in drivers becoming dangerously impaired after just one drink.
- Drowsiness: Fatigue and alcohol affect the brain in much the same way. In fact, driving after eighteen consecutive awake hours is like driving with a .05 BAC. THat’s almost the legal limit. Despite fatigue’s dangers, a majority of drivers admit that the drive while they are drowsy.
- Distraction: A majority of drivers also admit that they use cellphones while driving, eat while driving, talk to passengers while driving, and engage in other distracting behaviors. In terms of negligence claims, distracted driving includes manual distraction (taking one’s hand off the wheel), visual distraction (taking one’s eyes off the road), and cognitive distraction (taking one’s mind off driving).
- Medical Condition: Many Oklahomans suffer from epilepsy, diabetes, and other conditions that cause sudden loss of consciousness. The resulting loss of control collisions cause some of the most serious injuries.
- Drugs: In some jurisdictions, there are more “drugged” drivers than drunk drivers. Many people drive under the influence of powerful prescription painkillers, like Oxycontin or Fentanyl. It’s illegal and dangerous to drive after taking these drugs.
- Weather: Bad weather affects your ability to see, causing limited visibility in conditions such as rain, fog, ice, snow, and dust. Among all weather conditions, fog is probably the most dangerous, so if you are driving in foggy weather, lower your speed and turn on your low-beam headlights.
The tortfeasor (negligent driver) may not be the only person responsible for the crash.
For example, it’s illegal for commercial alcohol providers in Oklahoma to sell alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons. If these individuals cause car crashes, the commercial provider may be liable for damages.
What Damages Are Available?
Serious car crashes cause significant economic losses. In addition to medical bills and lost wages, there are also property damage and other direct losses.
Most victims are also entitled to compensation for non-economic losses. These losses include things like:
- Pain and suffering,
- Loss of enjoyment in life,
- Emotional distress, and
- Loss of consortium (companionship).
To obtain these damages, victim/plaintiffs must establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not).
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