According to data from the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), even though motorcycles represent less than four percent of all registered vehicles in the state, motorcyclists accounted for more than 11 percent of all crash fatalities during a recent year.
Because motorcycles offer less protection than the steel frame of a car or truck, motorcyclists are far more likely to be seriously or fatally injured in traffic collisions. If you’ve been injured in a Yukon motorcycle accident, you may be wondering how you’ll afford your medical bills, repair invoices, and day-to-day costs of living while you recover. The experienced and award-winning Yukon motorcycle accident lawyers of Cain Law Office can help. Contact us today to learn more.
Why Do I Need a Yukon Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Many motorcycle accidents leave victims with severe injuries and substantial property damage. These damages are often accompanied by steep medical bills and repair costs. A knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney can help you with the complicated process of obtaining compensation for your losses while you focus on your health and recovery. Here at Cain Law Office, we can help you by:
- Conducting an in-depth investigation into the causes of your accident and the potentially liable parties
- Finding the medical help you need to heal from your injuries
- Preserving evidence from the accident scene and other useful sources
- Gathering statements from eyewitnesses
- Investigating the driving history of other motorists involved in the crash
- Hiring expert witnesses to reconstruct the accident scene
- Communicating with insurance companies and other parties on your behalf
- Negotiating for maximum compensation in insurance settlements
- Fighting for compensation at trial, if necessary
Compensation You May Be Able to Secure Through a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Depending on the nature of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Past and present accident-related medical expenses
- Potential future medical costs, if you need ongoing treatment
- Repair costs for your motorcycle and other damaged property
- Lost wages, if your injuries force you to take time off from work
- Lost earning potential, if you suffer long-term or permanent disability
- Pain, suffering, and mental or emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life or consortium
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
While some motorcycle accidents occur because of mechanical defects or hazardous road conditions, the majority are caused by the negligence of other drivers. Many motorists do not keep a proper lookout for motorcyclists, so they fail to spot these smaller and lower stature vehicles. Some examples of the types of driver negligence that commonly cause Oklahoma motorcycle accidents include:
- Failing to see or recognize motorcycles in traffic
- Misjudging the speed or distance of a motorcycle
- Cutting off motorcycles when merging or crossing intersections
- Failing to observe posted speed limits
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to motorcycles
- Following too closely behind motorcycles
- Driving while distracted, drowsy, or under the influence
Common Injuries That People Can Face in a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcyclists have far less protection from the extreme forces of a car crash than occupants of other vehicles and are therefore much more likely to sustain severe or life-threatening injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or concussions
- Spinal cord injuries like partial or total paralysis
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries like whiplash or other soft tissue injuries
- Arm, elbow, or hand injuries
- Leg, knee, or foot injuries
- Contusions, lacerations, or bone fractures
- Road rash or heat or chemical burns
- Abdominal injuries or internal trauma
- Scarring, disfigurement, or amputations
Yukon Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Every year, the OHSO publishes statistics that detail the number, type, and severity of crashes that occur in Yukon and throughout the state. The following findings from a recent year illustrate just how dangerous the roads can be for Oklahoma motorcycle riders:
- There were 1,278 motorcyclists involved in statewide crashes, 66 of which were fatal and 712 of which involved minor or serious injuries.
- The majority of motorcycle drivers involved in crashes were male (94.8 percent).
- In 41.4 percent of all reported crashes and 34.3 percent of fatal crashes, motorcycle drivers were determined to be not at fault by law enforcement.
- There were 5 Yukon motorcycle wrecks, 3 of which involved possible or minor injuries and none of which were fatal.
Yukon Motorcycle Laws
There are several Oklahoma traffic laws specific to motorcycles that every Yukon motorcyclist should know:
- Oklahoma residents must be at least 16 years of age to be licensed to operate a motorcycle, though those under 16 are eligible for motorcycle permits.
- If you are already a licensed Oklahoma car driver, you only need to apply for a motorcycle endorsement by taking special vision, knowledge, and skills tests.
- Though helmet use is highly recommended, there are no mandatory helmet laws for Oklahoma motorcyclists aged 18 or older.
- Eye protection and windscreens are required for all Oklahoma motorcyclists.
- All motorcycles in Oklahoma must have two rear-view mirrors, fenders over each wheel, horns, mufflers, speedometers, headlights, and taillights.
- To carry passengers, motorcyclists must be at least 16 years old. Their bikes must be equipped with double seats and footrests or a dedicated sidecar.
Time Limit to File a Motorcycle Claim
If you decide to file a lawsuit for your Yukon motorcycle wreck, it’s important to be aware of the relevant statute of limitations. This is the formal time limit for taking legal action. In Oklahoma, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is generally two years, which means that the moment your accident occurs, the clock starts ticking on your two-year deadline to file a lawsuit in court. If you fail to file suit before this two-year window closes, you will likely lose out on your right to recover the compensation you need.
Contact Our Yukon Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
At Cain Law Office, our dedicated motorcycle accident law firm is here to fight for you. We know that accidents can happen at any time, so we’re available to start on your case or simply answer your questions anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also offer free consultations and never charge any legal fees unless and until we win compensation for you. Contact us today to get started with your free and confidential case review.