Oklahoma Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Information on Motorcyclists' Rights
Riding a motorcycle is a great way to explore Oklahoma’s scenic roadways, as well as to commute to and from work. But motorcyclists face some inherent dangers that occupants of other vehicles do not. For one thing, motorcyclists have decreased stability due to only having two wheels. And because there is no physical barrier between the motorcyclist and the other motor vehicles on the road, motorcycles have a much lower level of occupant protection. Additionally, a motorcycle is less visible to motorists than a car or a truck. What drivers of all vehicles need to realize, is that motorcycles are afforded all the same rights that other vehicles on the road have. If the driver of another vehicle does not respect the rights of a motorcycle rider and they cause an accident, the rider deserves to be compensated for their injuries and losses. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to consult an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Call the legal team at Car Accident Help by dialing (405) 285-4357 for a free case evaluation today.
Motorcycle Laws in Oklahoma
Though motorcyclists have the same rights as other vehicles, there are certain laws that apply to them specifically. Let’s look at a few of the basics:
- It is not legal to operate a motorcycle without an "M" endorsement on your driver’s license. You can get an "M" endorsement by taking a written exam, eye exam, and a driving test. Oklahoma allows you to skip the driving test if you’ve passed a state approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. If you take the written and eye exams, you can get a learner’s permit for 30 days.
- All riders under the age of 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet.∗
- Riders must wear eye protection unless their bike has a wind screen.
- The motorcycles headlight must always be on - day or night. (Most motorcycle headlights stay on whenever the bike is running)
- All street motorcycles must be equipped with tail lights, brake lights, working speedometer, horn, left and right rearview mirrors, fenders over both wheels, and an adequate muffler.
- Handlebars cannot be higher than the eye level of the operator.
- Motorcycle riders must use proper lanes. Lane splitting is illegal in Oklahoma.∗∗
What to do After a Motorcycle Accident in Oklahoma
If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to know what to do:
- If you are injured, seek immediate medical attention for your injuries.
- File a police report to document the crash.
- Obtain information from anyone who was involved in the accident.
- Identify any witnesses and obtain their contact information.
- Take photos of the scene of the accident and write down everything you can remember.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident without permission from law enforcement.
- Notify your insurance company, but do not make a statement or admit fault.
- Do not accept any type of settlement.
- Contact Car Accident Help so that you will know your legal rights.
Who is Responsible for a Motorcycle Crash in OK?
If another party is shown to be negligent and this negligence led to your accident, you may be entitled to recover damages for all medical bills, lost wages, property damage (repair or replacement of your bike and equipment), pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of quality of life, and punitive damages. Punitive damages are not compensatory but are intended to punish, or to deter future behavior of the negligent party. However, Oklahoma is a comparative negligence state, meaning that both parties involved in an accident may share some fault. ∗∗For instance, if you were splitting lanes on your motorcycle when a car turned in front of you, causing a collision, a judge or jury may decide that your were 20% responsible for the accident because you were performing an illegal maneuver when the accident occurred. ∗Even though helmets aren’t required by law, a jury may still take into account you’re not wearing one as negligence on your part, and take that into account when determining the amount of compensation for your head injury.
Hit and Run Accident
In the unfortunate event that the driver who hit you did not stop and take responsibility for the accident, you still may be able to get compensation for your injuries from your own insurance company. But your insurance company may not be willing to adequately compensate you for your injuries and losses. In such a case, you will need the representation of skilled Oklahoma motorcycle hit and run attorney.
Contact Car Accident Help Today
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a motorcycle accident, it is important to hire a skilled lawyer immediately following the accident, because important physical evidence can be lost and witnesses may become hard to find. It is crucial that you contact an attorney before you talk to any insurance adjusters - your own or theirs - and never accept a settlement without first seeking legal advice. Contact Car Accident Help for a free initial consultation and we will promptly investigate the accident, determine fault, and start working to recover all damages.
Call us any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (405) 285-4357.
We also have an intake form that you can fill out. Our Oklahoma motorcycle accident lawyers and staff return all correspondence quickly.
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- Becoming Familiar With Motorcycle Rider Rights
- Oklahoma Motorcycle Safety and the Law
- Motorcycle Safety - NHTSA
- NTSB Motorcycle Safety Alert
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