If you have suffered serious injuries in an auto accident, you will need more than just a run-of-the-mill law firm to represent your interests. At Martin Jean & Jackson, our skilled team of lawyers put in the time and effort to fully investigate every case we take on so that we have all the facts needed to build a strong accident or injury claim. As the premier personal injury law firm in the state, our dedication to our clients and the personalized legal services we offer have set us apart from other law firms in Tulsa for decades.
Contact our firm to submit your case information and we can get started aggressively pursuing the compensation you deserve to cover your accident damages. No matter how difficult your case gets, we will stand by your side the entire way and ensure your rights and interests are fully protected.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
When you choose our team of accident lawyers to represent you, we will apply more than 100 years of combined legal experience to your case. Our legal team in Tulsa has the necessary legal judgment and resources to take on a full range of car accidents. We are committed to achieving maximum results for our clients, which has led us to recover more than $500 million for over 15,000 injury clients.
We have represented clients who have sustained serious injuries in a number of different car accidents, including:
- Texting & Driving
- Rear-End Collisions
- Distracted Driving
- Dangerous or Aggressive Driving
- Defective Vehicle Parts
- Tire Blowouts
- Intoxicated / Drugged Drivers
- Drowsy or Tired Commercial Drivers
- Accidents Involving Semi-Trucks
Effective Legal Representation with a Customized Approach
Our Tulsa car accident lawyers remain accessible to our clients, this way we can always discuss any concerns or questions they might have about their case. By devoting so much time to our clients, we are able to develop personalized legal strategies that allow us to tailor our services to the needs of each case we take on. Taking the time to provide this personal approach helps us achieve maximum results for our clients.
We are dedicated to making sure our clients see their case through to the end, which is why we want to do all that we can to make your recovery process easier to deal with. Let us guide you through the legal process today.
Who is Liable After a Car Accident in Tulsa?
Oklahoma is a “fault state” when it comes to car accident liability. This means that the person responsible for the accident is responsible for paying resulting damages. In a “no-fault state” an injured party would file a claim with their own insurance regardless of who was at fault, as such drivers in these states are required to hold a special type of insurance policy called personal injury protection insurance.
Since Oklahoma is a fault state, liability is more straightforward, the injured party files a claim against the negligent party who is responsible for paying damages. If more then one party is found to be responsible for an accident, an injury victim is still eligible to pursue compensation if they are less than 50% at fault for the accident, although they are entitled to less compensation. This is called comparative fault, under this rule whatever percentage of fault a claimant is determined to be responsible for is the same percentage their compensation will be reduced by. For example, if you are found to be 10% at fault for the accident that led to your injuries your total compensation amount awarded to you would be reduced by 10%.
Uber & Lyft Accidents
The Martin Jean & Jackson legal team represents people who have been injured in collisions involving rideshare drivers. We can help you if you were a passenger in an Uber and Lyft and were involved in an accident, or if you were driving your own car and collided with a Lyft or Uber.
Rideshare accident claims are slightly more complex than typical car accident cases. The way your claim proceeds will depend on which driver is liable for your injuries. Many injury victims are surprised to learn that Lyft and Uber are often not found liable in collision claims. However, Uber and Lyft have their own insurance policies, which may cover your damages in cases of rideshare accidents.
Car Accident Statute of Limitations in Oklahoma
If you intend to file a personal injury or property damage lawsuit related to an accident, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. If your loved one was killed in the accident and you intend to file a wrongful death lawsuit, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of death.
Filing a lawsuit may not be necessary if you are able to negotiate a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. If you are pursuing damages through your own insurance company (such as by filing an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim), then the two-year statute of limitations would typically apply. In some cases, a five-year statute of limitations is applicable. Contact our attorneys as soon as possible to ensure your claim is filed promptly.
Tulsa Car Accident Statistics
As a major metropolitan area in Oklahoma, Tulsa was the site of more car accidents than many other cities in the state. Below are some statistics about collisions in Tulsa that year, reported by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
- There were 9,657 total car accidents in Tulsa in 2018.
- The 9,657 collisions that occurred in Tulsa in 2018 involved 34,853 people.
- Ten fatal crashes were reported by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and 39 fatal crashes were reported by the Tulsa Police Department.
What to Do After an Accident – Immediately & Later
The decisions you made right after being in your car accident can completely change the outcome of your pending car accident claim. Taking the right steps immediately can supply you with evidence that can argue your liability down later, preferably down to 0%. What you do later in the hours, days, and weeks following your accident make a big difference, too.
Let our attorneys know if you did the following after your crash:
- Called emergency responders to get help at the car accident scene: Emergency responders should create accident reports that detail what they witnessed while helping. In many cases, they will actually note who they think is liable for the crash by designating them as “Party 1.”
- Took photographs or video from your smartphone: Car accident claims can quickly devolve into your word against the other driver’s when there is no tangible evidence to back up either of your cases. Pictures or video footage taken while you were still at the scene of the crash can be the most powerful piece of evidence to let your attorney use as your case is built.
- Exchange information: Who hit you? The question is simple, but it is difficult to answer if you did not exchange enough identifying information or the other driver left before you could share all relevant info. If you know at least the license plate number, though, then your case should be recoverable if not a bit more complicated.
- Saw a medical professional: Getting a check-up from a doctor the same day as your crash helps preserve your health and minimize your liability by showing insurers that you took all the necessary steps to mitigate and alleviate your injuries as soon as possible.
In the days that follow, you still need to be thinking about what you can do to improve your car accident claim’s chances of success. A good starting point is reaching out to an attorney for legal counsel and representation when dealing with insurance companies. You should also be doing everything your doctor has instructed for your aftercare. Whether you need to take certain medications each day, stay in bed for most of the day, engage in at-home physical therapy, or something else entirely, if your doctor told you to do it, then you should do your best to listen and comply. If an insurance company finds out you have been slipping up with your doctor’s orders, then they will jump at the chance to say that your injuries have worsened because of your own negligence.
How to Recover Your Losses After a Car Accident
In addition to the physical injuries that result from a car accident, collisions cause extensive property damage. These damages, like those related to injuries, can be recovered through a lawsuit against the at-fault driver or possibly through a claim with your insurance company. Depending on your policy, you may be able to receive compensation for the damage to your car. If your insurance does not cover those damages, a property damage lawsuit can be filed to account for those losses.
What to Consider Before Hiring a Car Accident Attorney
While some car accident cases are fairly straightforward and can be effectively handled without the help of an attorney, others require the assistance of an experienced legal professional. If your case has any complexity at all, it’s a good idea to contact a Tulsa car accident lawyer and discuss how they can help you fight for the full and fair compensation you are owed.
Here are a few things to consider when hiring a car accident lawyer:
- The Extent and Severity of Your Injuries: Typically, the more severe and lasting your injuries, the more extensive (and costly) medical treatment will be. Additionally, it can be hard to predict the full future costs of your injuries without the help of experienced medical experts. Without an attorney, you could find that the insurance company’s settlement offer doesn’t even begin to cover the true cost of your injuries.
- Whether or Not Liability Could Be DisputedIf you believe you may have been partially at fault for the accident-or if you even believe there is a chance that someone could argue that you were at fault-you should consider hiring a car accident attorney. The same is true if you were involved in a more complex type of accident, such as a collision with a large truck or commercial vehicle, Uber or Lyft, or government vehicle.
- If You Had to Take Time Off Work: Recovering compensation for your lost wages/income can be difficult without the help of a lawyer. If you had to take time off work to heal or if you were so injured you were unable to return to work at all, it’s a good idea to discuss your legal options with an attorney.
In short, if your car accident was anything other than completely straightforward, it’s a wise decision to reach out to our car accident lawyers to find out how we can help. Failing to do so could put you at risk of being unable to recover the full compensation you deserve-or any compensation at all.
Visit Our Office Conveniently Located in Tulsa
Our team of car accident attorneys are here to help you file your accident or injury claim and secure the compensation that you are entitled to under the law. We keep all of the communications we have with our clients strictly confidential, so you can feel confident talking to us about the details of your case. We do not collect a fee for legal services unless you are awarded compensation for your injuries or damages.
Are you ready to talk about your case with an accident attorney? Call (580) 290-1006, or contact our Tulsa team to set up a free consultation today.
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