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Motorcyclists enjoy the same rights to the road as drivers of all other motor vehicles. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in serious and catastrophic injuries. When you are injured, the motorcycle accident lawyers in Oklahoma at Martin Jean & Jackson can enforce your rights and seek fair compensation on your behalf. We draw on more than 100 years of combined legal experience to effectively advocate for our clients.

Proven Advocacy for Oklahoma Motorcycle Injury Victims

Our Oklahoma motorcycle accident lawyers represent clients with injuries from large and small motorcycle crashes, including difficult cases. In doing so, we provide legal services that are personally tailored to the individual needs of each client. As a result of this approach, we are able to measure our firm’s success by the number of clients that recommend us to their friends and family members when they are most in need of help.

We are proud that our clients come to think of us as “their” law firm. Our extensive experience provides us with the legal judgment that more than 15,000 injured clients have relied on and we have used it to successfully recover more than $500 million for our clients. These funds enable our clients to meet the often burdensome current and future injury-related medical expenses, which result from motorcycle accidents.

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Identifying the Leading Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Negligent motorists cause motorcycle accidents due to all sorts of mistakes. A key component to your claim will be uncovering exactly what the other driver did to cause the accident, which will help us prove that they should be solely liable for your damages.

Five of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  • Cars making left-hand turns: Drivers making left turns in front of approaching motorcyclists are serious hazards to all riders. The issue is that a driver can look right at a motorcycle as it approaches and not register it in their mind because they were expecting to see a larger vehicle with two headlights. Or the driver might have difficulty assessing the speed of the motorcycle due to its different size and turn when they thought they had ample time but really did not.
  • Speeding: A driver who is breaking the speed limit puts themselves and others on the road in danger, especially motorcyclists who are susceptible to severe injuries in a collision.
  • Driving under the influence: Drunk drivers struggle to understand the road around them and see oncoming vehicles. While it is difficult for some drivers to notice a motorcyclist in optimal conditions, it becomes practically impossible when they are drunk.
  • Lane splitting: Motorcyclists cannot lawfully lane split – or pass other vehicles while traveling between two lanes of occupied traffic – in Oklahoma. However, if a motorcyclist is lane splitting when a crash occurs, then they are not automatically the liable party. If the driver swerved, changed lanes, or merged suddenly without warning, then they could still be liable for striking the motorcyclist there.
  • Unsafe lane changes: A motorcycle accident can occur when a driver makes an unsafe and sudden lane change, whether or not the motorcyclist was lane splitting.

How to prevent a motorcycle accident:

  • Wear your gear
  • Make sure you are seen on the road
  • Don't drink and drive
  • Avoid driving in bad weather
  • Wear your helmet

Understanding the Impact of Severe Motorcycle Injuries

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to severe injuries in a crash than drivers in passenger vehicles. Without airbags, seatbelts, and a protective metal chassis, motorcyclists will be hit by the full impact of a collision. Gear like helmets and jeans can help minimize the injuries suffered, but the likelihood of a catastrophic injury is still extremely high. Statistically, motorcyclists are about 35 times more likely to be severely injured or killed in a crash than a driver.

Some of the worst injuries suffered by a motorcyclist can be:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Road rash
  • Broken bones

Navigating Shared Liability in Oklahoma Motorcycle Accidents

Did your motorcycle happen because you made a mistake, too? You might still be able to file a claim for compensation thanks to Oklahoma’s modified comparative negligence rule. Under this rule, you can file a claim for damages as long as you are not more than 50% liable for your accident. Of course, the lower your liability, the better. Ideally, you will be found to be 0% liable for the motorcycle wreck and be eligible to demand 100% of your damages from the defendant.

How Complex Are Motorcycle Accidents Claims?

Motorcyclists face several legal challenges when dealing with insurance companies to obtain compensation after a motorcycle accident. These challenges can arise due to various factors, including bias against motorcyclists, complex insurance policies, and disputes over fault and coverage.

Here are some of the common legal challenges:

  • Bias Against Motorcyclists: Insurance companies may have biases against motorcyclists, viewing them as riskier than other drivers. This bias can lead to lower settlement offers or outright denial of claims.

  • Disputes Over Fault: Determining fault in a motorcycle accident can be more complex than in accidents involving only cars. Insurance companies may dispute liability, claiming that the motorcyclist was at fault or partially at fault for the accident. This can delay the claims process and result in reduced compensation.

  • Serious Injuries: Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries or fatalities due to the lack of protection compared to enclosed vehicles. Insurance companies may downplay the extent of the injuries or argue that the injuries were pre-existing, leading to disputes over compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

  • Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Many motorcyclists rely on uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage to protect themselves in case of accidents involving drivers who lack sufficient insurance. However, insurance companies may try to minimize payouts under these policies or dispute coverage altogether.

  • Complex Insurance Policies: Motorcycle insurance policies can be complex, with different types of coverage and exclusions. Insurance companies may exploit these complexities to deny claims or offer inadequate settlements.

  • Legal Proceedings: If negotiations with the insurance company fail to result in fair compensation, motorcyclists may need to pursue legal action by filing a lawsuit. This can be a lengthy and expensive process, requiring the assistance of experienced attorneys who specialize in motorcycle accident cases.

Get Expert Legal Help After a Motorcycle Accident

If you have sustained a motorcycle accident injury, we have four conveniently located offices in Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Stillwater, and Tulsa, Oklahoma to provide legal services for you. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Oklahoma always keep all communications confidential and our firm does not charge a fee for legal services unless we collect funds for you.

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