Driving a motorcycle is a thrilling experience. Many riders report a certain feeling of freedom and euphoria when they are out on the open road. However, motorcycles are commonly and routinely in accidents, many of which lead to severe injuries and property damage. The statistics for motorcycle accidents and the injuries and fatalities that come from them have more than doubled during the past 10 years. Congress directed the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a comprehensive study of the causes of motorcycle crashes in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident do not wait to file a case, you may be entitled to certain compensation for your injuries, but waiting to file can cause you to lose your ability to file a case.
Injured in a Motorcycle Crash in Yukon, Oklahoma?
According to the United States Department of Transportation, there were 4,688 motorcyclists that were killed in 2013. And in 2013, 83 motorcyclists lost their lives in Oklahoma, out of these 25 percent of the drivers who were killed had a blood alcohol content equal to .08. While motorcycle accidents unfortunately cause many fatalities, they also cause an alarming amount of injuries, which tend to be more severe than car crashes because of how vulnerable the drivers and passengers are.
Some common injuries and complications that can result from Motorcycle accidents in Canadian County include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Burn Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Paralysis/Reduced Mobility
- Broken Bones/Bone Fractures
- Joint Dislocations
- Back Injuries
- Abdominal Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Sprains and Strains
- Limb Amputation
- Internal Bleeding
- Bruises and Contusions
- Crush Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Hand and Wrist Injuries
- Foot and Ankle Injuries
- Chest Injuries
- Chronic Pain
Of particular interest are whiplash neck injuries. The neck is a relatively slender, flexible, vital structure that connects the larger masses of the head and body. It is rarely contacted directly in motorcycle accidents, though the injuries can be extreme when a motorcyclist rides into a chain anchored across his path. Most neck injuries result from indirect loading. When collision forces act differently on the head and body this can transmit forces – and sometimes extreme forces – to the neck, resulting in injury. Whether helmets themselves cause neck injuries that would not occur in the absence of a helmet has long been a concern, at least to some motorcyclists.
How Much Compensation Can you Receive from a Motorcycle Accident in Yukon?
Under Oklahoma insurance laws, all motorists are required to carry, at minimum, the following liability insurance coverage:
- $25,000 for personal injury or wrongful death, per person.
- $50,000 for personal injury or wrongful death, per accident.
- $25,000 for property damage resulting from an auto accident.
The purpose of liability insurance is to cover the other driver’s expenses after an accident where the policyholder is found to be at fault. Depending on the type and coverage of auto insurance that you carry, you may also be able to receive compensation through your own insurance company by making a PIP claim (Personal Injury Protection). If the driver who hit you does not have any or adequate insurance, or if you were the victim of a hit-and-run accident, UM/UIM (Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist) coverage may be an alternative method of receiving benefits. Our attorneys will carefully review your insurance policy and the circumstances of the accident to determine a strategy that best serves your interests as an injury victim in Yukon
In some cases, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will refuse to settle. If this occurs, our aggressive car accident attorneys will prepare to bring your case to court. In Oklahoma, personal injury victims are limited to receiving $350,000 in compensation for pain and suffering, called “non-economic damages.” Financial or “economic” damages, such as medical bills, are not subject to caps or limits. In addition to pain and suffering and your current and projected income losses, compensation for current and projected medical bills such as hospitalization, physical therapy, and surgery may be recoverable.
Let Our Experienced Lawyers in OKC Fight for You
If you or your loved ones were hurt in a motorcycle accident in Yukon, Oklahoma, Hasbrook & Hasbrook is here to help. Call our law offices at (405) 698-3040 right away to learn more about your Oklahoma motorcycle accident claim in a free legal consultation.