Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. Unfortunately, Oklahoma plays a major contributing role. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reported more than 68,000 auto accidents statewide in 2014, resulting in nearly 700 deaths and more than 33,000 injuries. Nearly 2,500 crashes occurred here on the roads of Oklahoma City.
If you were recently injured in an Oklahoma City car accident, or if you were hit by a car while walking, jogging, or riding your bicycle in Oklahoma City, you should contact Hasbrook & Hasbrook right away. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, your lost income, and your pain and suffering.
Contact Our Oklahoma City Car Accident Lawyers
When you’re trying to recover compensation for a car crash injury, you need an aggressive, experienced, and knowledgeable attorney on your side. At Hasbrook & Hasbrook, our dedicated team brings over 75 years of combined experience to every legal matter we handle on behalf of injured Oklahoma residents. Our personal injury lawyers handle auto accident claims in Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond, Moore, Guthrie, El Reno, and other communities in the area.
Call our law offices right away at (405) 698-3040 to set up a completely free legal consultation. We’re here to help answer your questions and review your claim. We will keep your information confidential, and you’ll never be charged any fees unless we recover compensation for you.
How Much Compensation Can a Car Crash Victim Recover in Oklahoma?
The injuries resulting from a car accident can generate huge medical bills, heaping financial strain upon the pain and suffering the victim is already enduring. However, if the other driver was responsible for causing the accident, the victim may be able to get compensated.
Due to Oklahoma’s modified comparative fault laws, compensation may be recoverable even if the victim was partially at fault for the crash, provided the other driver had a greater degree of fault than the victim. In this scenario, the plaintiff’s compensation would be reduced to reflect his or her degree of fault for the accident. For example, if the victim was found to be 10% at fault, an award of $100,000 would be reduced to $90,000.
Compensation may be available for:
- The victim’s pain and suffering.
- Current and projected income losses.
- Current and projected medical expenses, such as:
- Medical Equipment
- Physical Therapy
Like many states, Oklahoma places limits called “damages caps” on certain types of compensation. While there is no cap on the compensation which can be recovered for expenses and financial losses, compensation for pain and suffering is limited to $350,000.
Is it Better to Settle a Claim or File a Lawsuit?
After you have been hurt in a car accident caused by the other driver’s carelessness, there are two ways to seek compensation: making an insurance claim, or filing a lawsuit.
Most people try to settle a claim outside of court before resorting to litigation. Because Oklahoma is a fault auto insurance state, it is necessary to establish the other driver’s fault for the accident in order to get compensation from his or her insurance company. Pieces of evidence like crash site photographs, injury photographs, and medical records can all be used to help establish fault.
The process starts when the accident victim makes a formal demand based on the expenses, losses, and negative effects resulting from the accident injury or injuries. An experienced attorney is a powerful ally to have during settlement negotiations, because he or she knows how to counter the aggressive and sometimes unethical tactics insurers use to avoid making fair payouts, and will protect your interests throughout the process. In many cases, it is possible to obtain a much higher amount than the insurance company’s initial settlement offer. Some settlements must be kept confidential as a condition of the agreement.
While many claims are successfully resolved with a settlement agreement, there are some situations where insurance companies refuse to settle. If this happens, the accident victim may decide to file a lawsuit as an alternative method of pursuing compensation. The plaintiff will be required to prove, supported by as much evidence as possible, that the at-fault driver negligently caused an otherwise preventable crash. Some common driver errors that cause avoidable collisions include:
- Driving through red lights.
- Driving while intoxicated.
- Failing to stop at red lights or stop signs.
- Following too closely behind other vehicles.
- Texting while driving.
While settlements tend to be faster and simpler, there is no “best” option for getting compensated. It depends on what is most appropriate in your case, which is why you should review your claim in a free consultation with an experienced Oklahoma City auto accident attorney.
If you, your spouse, your parent, or your child was hit by a car in Oklahoma City or any of its surrounding communities, we encourage you to call our law offices at (405) 698-3040 for a free and confidential legal consultation regarding your car accident claim. We’re here to answer your questions and help you understand your rights as an injury victim.