Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys in Tulsa
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Oklahoma? Call Us Now For a Free Consultation.
Graves McLain understands that a motorcycle accident can cause serious injuries that can be life-altering. There are many variables that are taken into consideration while prosecuting these types of claims. The weather, road conditions, and time of day or night are just a few of these variables, and each one requires a very strategic legal plan.
We understand the complexities of motorcycle accident law and your right to seek compensation. If you’ve been injured a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, contact Graves McLain to discuss your possible case. You can speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Tulsa for free. It won’t cost you anything to discuss your case, and we only get paid if you get paid.
The Facts About Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders are exposed to many dangers on the roads. This is why it is important to take the necessary safeguards when riding. Although motorcyclists are often stereotyped as reckless and fast drivers, the #1 cause of motorcycle accidents is actually inattentive behavior from other motor vehicle drivers. A motorcycle accident case can be a difficult case based on several items. Without witnesses, cases sometimes are difficult to prove. Many times, an accident reconstruction expert is necessary to get to the truth. The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Graves McLain are familiar with Oklahoma motorcycle accident law and recalls that may impact your accident case. Our skilled motorcycle attorneys can pursue your injury claim and help determine the facts surrounding your accident.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office released a report stating in the year 2017, the most recent data available, there were 1,435 motorcycle accidents and 89 motorcycle fatalities in the state of Oklahoma. More than 100,000 motorcyclists have died in traffic accidents nationwide since the enactment of the Highway Safety and National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966.
Danger on the Road: What You Need to Know
There are many risks for motorcycle riders, including:
- 2/3 of motorcycle accidents result as a violation of the motorcyclist’s right of way
- Motorcyclists’ risk of death is 26x greater than automobile passengers
- The chance of a motorcyclist being injured in a collision is 5x greater than the same risk for those driving passenger vehicles
- More than 70% of motorcycle accidents that involve an automobile occur at intersections
Aside from the danger caused by drivers who do not see a motorcyclist, a wide variety of driving conditions and road conditions can affect the motorcyclist, including:
- Rider skill
- Bike stability
- Inclement weather
- Potholes and ruts in the road
- Oil slicks
- Debris in the road
- Uneven pavement
- Railroad tracks
- Mechanical failure
All cases are handled on a no-win, no fee basis. An experienced attorney will review the details of your case and determine the best course of action. Contact us today at 918-359-6600, email us directly, or request a free consultation online.
Riding Tips That May Save Your Life
- Wear the appropriate riding gear; leather jackets and long, thick pants protect your skin from surface abrasions in case of an accident
- Wear brightly colored clothes that are visible at night
- Make sure that your headlights work, as many accidents are due to other’s inability to see the cyclist
- Don’t drink or do drugs while operating a motorcycle, as they are the primary factors in many motorcycle accidents and serious injuries
- Make sure your bike is properly maintained to keep it in the safest condition
- Obey traffic laws, speed limits and street signs at all times
Motorcycle safety begins with wearing a helmet and the appropriate safety attire, as well as following the laws in place for your protection. Each state has a set of laws all motorcyclists must abide by when on the road. In Oklahoma, the following are in place, including:
- All motorcyclists and their passengers under the age of 18 are required to wear helmets.
- Each motorcyclist should complete motorcycle training and pass a motorcycle driving test in order to obtain a motorcycle endorsement or license.
- Daytime use of headlights is required.
- Left and Right Mirrors are required.
Why You Need a Motorcycle Attorney
Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable on the roadways. They have minimal protection against other vehicles, distracted drivers, weather conditions, and other road hazards. When a motorcycle accident occurs and a rider is injured, it can be difficult to prove who is at fault. Occasionally liability in a motorcycle accident may be cut and dry; however, it is common that many causes are not easy to determine instantly.
Sometimes motorcycle accidents occur and there is no physical contact with another vehicle. This can complicate the legal process a bit, but it does not mean that the accident wasn’t caused by the other driver’s negligence. Motorcyclists are often forced to drive off the road or dangerously lay their bikes down to avoid collisions with drivers who are not paying attention or driving unsafely.
In cases like this, even though the other driver did not physically hit the motorcyclist, they are still responsible for the accident and any injuries.
When drivers make left-hand turns, they often do not first check to see if there is a motorcyclist in their blind spot, contributing to thousands of accidents and deaths every year. This coupled with the growing rate of distracted drivers on the roadways makes for increasingly dangerous conditions for America’s motorcyclists.
In other situations, dangerous road conditions such as potholes or unmaintained roadways may be to blame. These conditions may also play an important role in any motorcycle accident, contributing to the severity of injuries to the motorcyclist and the damages that can be claimed.
Even with proper riding technique and all recommended safety gear, motorcyclists are at a much higher rate of injury and death if an accident occurs. It is imperative that if you drive a car or a motorcycle, that you are extremely mindful of the others on the road around you. Car drivers should always be on the lookout for motorcyclists, especially in the spring, summer, and fall months when riders are out in greater numbers.
A skilled personal injury attorney will research and analyze the motorcycle accident facts and figure out who was at fault. An experienced personal injury lawyer will conduct an accident investigation and reconstructions if necessary, to prove the fault of the accident to the insurance company. Remember, it is always better to hire an injury attorney to handle your motorcycle accident insurance claim then to try to handle your claim on your own; consultations are always free and you will not have to pay anything unless you win your claim.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an accident that was not your fault, call Graves McLain, the Tulsa Personal Injury Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation at 918-359-6600. An experienced attorney will review your situation at no cost to you. We represent victims and their families in serious injury and death cases arising from vehicle collisions, and other accidents.