If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Oklahoma, our attorneys can help you protect your rights.
Motorcycles are an inherently dangerous means of transportation, taking on average the lives of over 3,000 people every year. In fact, the number of deaths from motorcycle accidents is twenty-six times that of automobile accidents when the two are compared on a per mile basis. This is attributed to the lack of protection, visibility, and stability offered by a motorcycle. There are five main factors that contribute to the majority of all motorcycle-related fatalities in Oklahoma and across the United States.
- Almost half of all fatal motorcycle wrecks involve the motorcycle running off the road
- About one in five motorcycle accident deaths occur from either the motorcycle or another vehicle violating a traffic law
- Head-on collisions account for approximately one in ten motorcycle accident deaths
- Just less than one in ten of these wrongful deaths are caused by an automobile making a turn in front of a motorcycle
- The fifth most common type of fatal motorcycle accident occurs when the motorcycle goes down in the road
Whenever a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the rider is almost always thrown from the bike, which exposes him or her to a myriad of life-threatening injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident anywhere in Oklahoma, contact our reputable law firm today. Here at Oklahoma Legal Center, our attorneys have experience protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims, and are standing by ready to help you today. Please fill out our contact form or call us toll free.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
As roads and highways become more and more congested, and as motorists continue to drive distracted, the risk of dangerous motorcycle accidents has significantly increased in the U.S. Unfortunately, when a motorcycle is involved in a collision with a passenger car or truck, even if the accident is caused by the other driver, the motorcycle rider is the one who is more likely to sustain severe injuries. In fact, statistics show that motorcyclists are injured in accidents four times more often than other drivers, and are twenty-one times more likely to be killed in a crash. The most common fatal injury caused by motorcycle accidents is a head injury, and other common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
To protect the safety of motorcycle riders and other drivers, all motorcycle riders in Oklahoma are required to have a motorcycle (M) endorsement on their driver’s license. The state of Oklahoma also enforces safety regulations for motorcycle riders, including requiring helmets for riders under the age of 18, and requiring the use of daytime headlights and protective eye wear. Unfortunately, inexperience and lack of safety measures continue to contribute to the occurrence of motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma. Other causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Aggressive maneuvering
- Riding at dangerous speeds
- Lack of defensive driving
- Insufficient braking skills
- Failure of other vehicles to yield
Our Experienced Attorneys Can Help
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of another driver on the road. Unfortunately, due to the smaller size of motorcycles, they are more difficult for other drivers to see, which can have serious adverse consequences. In some cases, drivers traveling in the opposite direction of a motorcycle may not see the motorcycle, or they may misjudge the distance of the motorcycle down the road, deeming it safe to make a left turn in front of the motorcycle and causing a collision. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries caused by a motorcycle accident in Oklahoma, contact our skilled lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center today, as you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver, an experienced attorney can help you hold the other party accountable for your injuries. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident and you were not at fault, you should not be held responsible for the resulting consequences. By hiring a qualified attorney to represent your case, you can pursue the compensation you deserve and protect yourself from further harm.