Parties Settle Oklahoma Motorcycle Accident Case
Motorcycle accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries to the rider and can require extensive medical care and long-term rehabilitation and treatment. This is probably not the first thought that motorcyclists in Oklahoma want to have when getting on their bikes for a ride. On the other hand, understanding the dangers can help riders prepare for and try to avoid accidents.
Sometimes even the most prepared riders cannot prevent a motorcycle accident. When the accident is caused by a driver in another vehicle, the injured motorcyclist may be able to pursue compensation for his or her accident-related damages. Such was the case for a man who settled a motorcycle accident case with the City of Tulsa.
The motorcycle accident at issue in the lawsuit occurred a few years ago when a City of Tulsa truck made a turn into the oncoming motorcyclist's direction of travel. The rider suffered injuries as a result of the accident, which led to medical expenses. Following the accident, the rider filed a claim with the City, but it denied that claim, and the man filed a lawsuit. The parties ultimately reached a settlement for $170,000, which the court approved.
In addition to expensive medical bills, motorcycle accident injuries can result in other economic costs to the victim. For example, if the injury is severe enough, the motorcyclist could end up missing time from work, which could then result in lost pay.
As this case shows, even when an injured rider initiates legal action, the case does not always have to end up in a trial. In some cases, the responsible party may be willing to settle the case. However, this case also shows that injured victims may have to force a negligent party to the negotiating table by filing a lawsuit.
Source: NewsOn6.com, "Tulsa Settles Lawsuit Stemming From 2012 Crash," Nov. 18, 2016