Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Oklahoma City, OK

While riding a motorcycle invokes of sense of freedom and adventure for some, there is no denying that they provide little protection in the event of a crash. Because of this, riders often suffer severe or catastrophic injuries, and in tragic cases, might not survive.

The statistics are quite sobering. The Governors’ Highway Safety Association reported that 5,286 motorcyclists were killed on U.S. roadways in a single recent year. There were 88 motorcycle deaths in Oklahoma that year.

Motorcyclist fatalities occurred 28 times more frequently than passenger vehicle fatalities. In fact, a total of 12.9% of all motor vehicle deaths in Oklahoma were motorcycle deaths. That being said, if you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer today for a free case review.

Should I Hire a Lawyer After My Motorcycle Accident?

If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle crash, an Oklahoma motorcycle attorney can help. The attorneys at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons have represented motorcycle accident victims and their families since 1984. The firm partners have spent their entire careers helping people who were injured due to the carelessness of others.

Our firm prides itself for offering one-on-one attention to all of our clients. They understand the fear, worry,+ and stress their clients experience after a serious accident, and they choose to focus on a small number of cases at a time.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you could be owed compensation for your medical bills, repairs or replacement of your vehicle, lost wages, and other damages. Call the attorneys at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons to learn what you are entitled to recover following your motorcycle accident.

Our team of Oklahoma City motorcycle accident attorneys can be reached by phone or online. Don’t wait.

What Is the Difference Between a Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim and a Lawsuit?

A claim is made with the insurance company for the driver that caused the motorcycle accident. Your attorney will essentially contact the insurance company to advise them of the accident, and of your injuries. They will provide the insurance adjuster with proof of the other party’s negligence, and of your damages, along with a settlement demand.

The insurance company will review your case to determine if they will accept liability for the accident. If they do, they will attempt to settle your case without having to go to court.

If a settlement cannot be reached with the insurance company, your attorney can prepare a motorcycle accident injury lawsuit complaint on your behalf and file it in court. Once in court, litigation will follow. This may include having to sit for a deposition and conducting a trial. At trial, the jury will decide who caused the accident, and how much your case is worth.

Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Oklahoma

There are many different causes of motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists must always be cautious of hazards, whatever their experience level.

Some of the causes of motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma include the following:

Left Turns – Vehicles making a left turn in front of a motorcycle pose a threat to a motorcyclist. Often, the driver of the turning vehicle will not see the motorcyclist and will strike the motorcycle as it enters the intersection.

Fatigued Driving – Driver fatigue is a major cause of all accidents in the United States. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, drowsy drivers are twice as likely to make performance errors as non-fatigued drivers. A fatigued driver becomes cognitively impaired by a lack of sleep, which in turn affects a person’s judgment and decision-making skills, and negatively impacts their reaction time. Fatigued drivers can cause a head-on collision with a motorcycle by drifting into oncoming traffic. Head-on collisions with a motor vehicle can lead to fatal injuries for the motorcyclist.

Negligent Driving – Negligence is the failure to exercise due care under the circumstances. Negligent driving is frequently the cause of motorcycle accidents.

  • Examples of negligent driving include:
    • Improper lane changes
    • Speeding
    • Failing to stop for a stop sign
    • Weaving in and out of traffic
    • Driving to close for traffic conditions
    • Failing to signal when turning
    • Failing to keep your eyes of the road

Weather Conditions – Rain, wind, fog and standing water are among the weather conditions that can cause a motorcycle to crash.

Hazardous Road Conditions – Construction debris, loose gravel, roadkill, and other debris can cause motorcycle accidents and serious injuries.

Motorcycle Accident Injury

A motorcyclist who is involved in an accident is prone to more serious injuries than a person riding in a motor vehicle. Common motorcycle accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, including skull fractures, intracranial bleeding, and concussions
  • Injuries to the spinal column and spinal cord, including disc herniation, pinched nerves
  • Severed spinal cord causing paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Fractured ribs and bones requiring surgical repair
  • Abrasions, bruises and lacerations, also known as “road rash”
  • Third-degree and second-degree burns
  • Crush injuries which cause internal bleeding and organ damage

If you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident and suffered injuries in that accident, contact the attorneys at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons to discuss your case as soon as possible. If your motorcycle accident was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to monetary damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.

How Our Lawyers Fight Unfair Stereotypes About Bikers

At Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons, we understand that an injured motorcyclist may not be looked upon as sympathetic by an insurance adjuster, or by a jury. This is because there is an unfair stereotype in society that motorcyclists are dangerous and reckless.

The attorneys at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons are prepared to fight the unfair stereotypes about bikers. We know that motorcyclists are some of the most cautious people on the road. We are proud to stand up for bikers’ rights.

For example, our attorneys can investigate to make sure that insurance adjusters do not wrongly shift the blame for the accident onto you because you were riding a motorcycle. We can also collect evidence such as photographs, accident reconstruction analysis, and witness statements to prove that you were not at fault for the accident.

At trial, our lawyers will move to exclude any potential juror who may hold a bias against motorcyclists. We will also be prepared to exclude any witness testimony about bikers that may unfairly prejudice you in the mind of the jury.

Simply put, Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons will fight all unfair biker stereotypes throughout your whole case.

How Fault Is Determined for a Motorcycle Wreck

After a motorcycle accident, the fault will be assessed based on the actions of each of the vehicle operators and any other at-fault parties. It is important to remember that the police do not have the final say when it comes to civil liability for a motorcycle crash. The civil aspect of fault is separate from any traffic citations the police may issue.

In Oklahoma, each driver is required to exercise due care necessary considering the circumstances. Negligence is the failure to exercise that due care. For example, if the car enters an intersection without stopping for a stop sign, and strikes a motorcycle rider who is driving 35 mph in a 25 mph zone, each motorist could be said to have contributed to the accident by their own acts of negligence.

The injured motorcyclist can sue the driver of the other vehicle under a theory known as comparative negligence. This law allows negligent motorcyclists to recover money damages, even if their own negligence contributed to the accident. Oklahoma is a comparative negligence state.

Considering the scenario above, if the motorcyclist is injured in the accident, they could sue the other driver for any damages they sustained in the accident. However, the amount the motorcyclist recovers will be reduced by the amount of his or her own negligence.

That is, if the motorcyclist has $10,000 in damages, and was 10% responsible for the accident, then the most the motorcyclist can recover is $9,000. Oklahoma follows the “50% Rule.” The law provides that a person whose negligence contributed to the accident cannot sue the driver of the other vehicle if that person was more than 50% at fault for the accident.

Looking at the scenario above again, if the speeding motorcyclist was found to be 75% responsible for the accident, the motorcyclist would be barred from recovering any of their $10,000 in damages.

It is important to speak to an Oklahoma motorcycle accident attorney after your accident to determine if you are eligible for money damages for your injuries. 

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Contact Our Oklahoma City Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Now

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the trial attorneys at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons as soon as possible. When you work with us, you will receive the personal care and attention that you deserve. We will handle every aspect of your claim, offering guidance and advice throughout the entire process.

When people need help, they call us. You can do the same, by reaching out by phone, by filling out a contact form, or by chatting with us live on our website. It costs you nothing to discuss your case with our lawyers, and you don’t pay any fees unless we win your case.