A serious car accident can change your life in the blink of an eye. In the time it takes to check a text message or change the radio station, two cars can collide in a parking lot or intersection, causing serious injuries and financially devastating medical bills.
If the other driver was at fault for the accident, he or she may be liable for your expenses and losses. You should talk to the experienced Del City car accident attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook to find out whether you could have an injury claim. Call our law offices right away at (405) 698-3040 for a free legal consultation.
Injured in a Crash on I-35, I-40, or I-44 in Oklahoma County?
With three quarters of a million residents, Oklahoma County is the most populous county in the state of Oklahoma. The county seat, Oklahoma City, is a bustling hub for commerce and transportation. As a result, the county is threaded with massive, congested highways, notably Interstate 35, Interstate 40, and Interstate 44. Other major roads and highways in Oklahoma County where accidents can occur include:
- Kilpatrick Turnpike
- Turner Turnpike
With so many residents living, working, and commuting in Oklahoma County, the risk of accidents is high. In fact, data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) reveals that, with nearly 19,000 crashes reported, Oklahoma County led the state for auto accidents in 2014, accounting for more than 27% of all crashes (68,327) reported statewide that year. Sadly, over 60 of these crashes were fatal, collectively causing 72 tragic deaths.
Urban streets and intersections are even more dangerous than crowded, high-speed interstates and highways. According to OHSO data, nearly 12,000 of the vehicular accidents reported in Oklahoma County took place on city streets.
Common Injuries Suffered by Car Accident Victims
More than 500 of the accidents reported in Oklahoma County in 2014 resulted in “incapacitating” injuries, while an additional 1,700 caused injuries that were less severe. The injuries resulting from a crash or collision can cause agonizing pain, severe mental anguish, and terrible financial strain on the victim and his or her loved ones. Some common injuries caused by automotive accidents include:
- Broken Bones — We have handled numerous claims where a crash victim was suffering from broken ribs, broken collarbones, broken wrists, broken ankles, broken arms, broken legs, broken hips, or other bone fractures. If the victim is a child and his or her growth plates are damaged by the injury, the damaged limb or area of the body may not heal normally.
- Whiplash — Whiplash is the most common injury reported in car accident claims in the United States. Whiplash occurs, most typically in rear-end collisions, when the neck is rapidly slammed back and forth. This motion can damage muscles and tendons in the neck, causing severe pain that may radiate through the back and upper arms.
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) — Spinal cord injuries can occur when the victim’s neck or back is struck by an object, causing damage to the nerves that run along the spinal column. A spinal cord injury can result in quadriplegia, which is also called tetraplegia (full-body paralysis), or paraplegia (paralysis below the waist).
- Head and Brain Injuries — Many people don’t realize that a concussion is actually a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). More severe TBI can cause debilitating effects that take away the victim’s independence and enjoyment of life.
- Facial Injuries — Facial injuries like broken noses, eye injuries, or facial lacerations can occur when the victim strikes their head on a hard surface, is hit by an object, or is cut by shattering windows. Facial injuries can cause severe depression and may require extensive reconstructive surgery.
- Soft Tissue Injuries — Soft tissue injuries are injuries that damage tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Whiplash is a common example of a soft tissue injury.
I Was in a Collision in Bethany, Do I Have an Auto Accident Claim?
Oklahoma is a fault auto insurance state. When a person causes a preventable car accident by being negligent, or failing to exercise due care while driving, his or her insurance company may be responsible for compensating the injury victim for pain and suffering, property damage, lost earnings, and various medical expenses, such as charges for hospitalization, medical equipment, or physical therapy. If the claim is denied, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit.
Our Oklahoma County crash injury lawyers intensively analyze car accident claims to determine whether negligence played a role in causing the victim’s injuries. Some examples of negligent driving errors could include:
- Running a red light.
- Speeding excessively.
- Failing to stop at a stop sign.
- Failing to yield the right of way.
- Making improper turns.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Driving while distracted by text messages or apps.
- Following too closely, or tailgating.
Contact Our Midwest City Car Crash Lawyers
If you or one of your loved ones was hurt in a car accident in Oklahoma County, you could be entitled to compensation. Don’t assume you’re stuck paying the bill for your accident until you review your claim with the experienced Bethany auto accident attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook.
Call us at (405) 698-3040 to set up your free consultation. We handle car accident claims in Midwest City, Harrah, Spencer, Nichols Hills, Warr Acres, The Village, Edmond, Del City, Bethany, Choctaw, and throughout the Oklahoma County area.