Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Because of their build and low visibility, motorcycles can leave riders exposed to catastrophic injuries during accidents.
A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you get the care and compensation you need if a negligent driver or party caused your accident.
At Chiaf Law Offices, P.C. in Oklahoma City, OK, our motorcycle accident lawyers can guide you through what to do next...
What Steps Can I Take to Build a Strong Case? Preserve Evidence after a Motorcycle Accident
Get Medical Care
Seek medical care immediately. Do not refuse recommended medical care, as this can affect your accident case later on. The diagnoses made by physicians, surgeons, and mental health professionals can establish that the motorcycle accident caused serious injuries and emotional trauma. Be sure to save all bills and receipts related to medical care, including transportation and gas costs, to support your complete claim for compensation.
Take photos of the scene of the accident as soon as possible. This includes property damage to your motorcycle and the crash site. You can also note the weather and road conditions since these factors can contribute to accidents. In addition, take photos of the victim's injuries, starting immediately after the accident and throughout recovery. Photos serve as strong evidence when negotiating with insurance company attorneys or litigating cases in court.
Contact an Attorney
Only a motorcycle accident attorney can properly assess the potential of a motorcyclist's case. The sooner you reach out to Chiaf Law Offices, the better our chances are of preserving all of the evidence surrounding the car accident or other incident that impacted you. We can handle all legal aspects so you can focus on recovery.
Get the Police Report
In order to obtain a police report following a motorcycle crash, you will need to contact the local police department. In many cases, our attorneys can assist you with obtaining a copy of the police report, which often contains important information such as the details of the crash, the other driver, and witnesses.
Why Should I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Insurance Companies Aren't On Your Side
If other vehicles were involved and another driver is clearly at fault, some motorcycle riders might be hesitant to hire an attorney. Do you find yourself asking, "Isn't that what insurance is for?" The truth is, large insurance companies are never on your side.
Don't Settle Before Talking to an Attorney
While insurance companies often offer victims the lowest compensation possible, a lawyer is personally invested in helping you reach a full, fair settlement or verdict. Motorcycles leave riders vulnerable to serious injuries. In severe cases, family members might need to file a wrongful death suit. Before settling anything with an insurance company, contact a lawyer.
Schedule a Free Consultation
If you believe that the negligence or recklessness of another party led to your accident, our Oklahoma City, OK, law firm may be able to help you recover compensation for your wrongful death or motorcycle accident case. Attorney Joey Chiaf has been practicing personal injury law for 35 years and is a member of:
- The Oklahoma Bar Association
- Lawyers for Working Oklahomans
Schedule your free consultation online or reach us by phone in Oklahoma City:
Call Us: (405) 524-1501
State Laws That Affect Motorcycle Crash Cases
1. Modified Comparative Negligence
Can I Sue If I'm At Fault?
Under the modified comparative negligence rule, any driver that is found to be more than 50 percent responsible for the accident is not eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you do not share the majority of liability in causing the accident, you can pursue a personal injury case and seek damages from the other party.
Does Shared Fault Affect My Award?
If you are assigned any share of fault in causing the accident, the amount of damages you are awarded will be adjusted accordingly. For example, if you are found to be 20 percent at fault for the accident, and the settlement offer or jury award is $100,000, you would only be eligible to receive $80,000 of the award.
2. Oklahoma Is an At-Fault State
Oklahoma is an at-fault state. This means that each driver's motorcycle insurance policy covers damages according to the percentage of fault assigned to each party. But state laws can be complex and dealing with insurance companies can be difficult. That is why we recommend that motorcycle accident victims, or their family members, contact our Oklahoma City firm as soon as possible to discuss the case during a free consultation.
3. Statutes of Limitation How Long Do I have to File Suit?
Similar to a car accident, motorcycle accidents fall within the field of personal injury. According to Oklahoma state law, the injury lawyers at our Oklahoma City firm will need to file a claim within two years following the accident. This restriction is known as the statute of limitations.
While two years might sound like a generous time frame, it is imperative that you begin communicating with a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. We have a better chance of fully investigating all circumstances of the case and preserving evidence when we get to work on your claim in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
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What Do Personal Injury Claims Cover?
Following a motorcycle accident, our law firm knows you and your family are not only facing tangible bills but also invisible effects. The future might feel uncertain, but during a free consultation at our Oklahoma City practice, we can precisely outline what types of compensation you can expect. Motorcycle accident victims typically recover money to offset:
Serious Injuries and Bias Against Motorcyclists A Lawyer Can Seek a Fair and Just Outcome
Motorcyclists are not only more vulnerable to suffering more serious effects than parties involved in car accidents. Time and time again, our clients have experienced the unfortunate fact that many drivers are biased against motorcycle riders. Some people who hear about motorcycle crashes immediately assume the rider must have been behaving recklessly, speeding or weaving between traffic. This bias can color multiple facets of your case, from eyewitness accounts to insurance adjustors' responses.
When you choose our law firm in Oklahoma City, know that our injury lawyers will always be in your corner. We have seen the catastrophic effects of poorly handled motorcycle accident cases and do everything we can to achieve a fair settlement following an accident.
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