Oklahoma Auto Accident FAQs
A recent tragic accident reminds us that other drivers are not the only dangers on the road. On June 16, 2013, two passengers were killed after being thrown from a truck. Pending an Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigation, the driver of the truck failed to stop at a sign and hit a tree. In total, five passengers were ejected from the truck. The driver, along with another passenger, was not injured in the accident.
If you are injured in any kind of auto accident, first get swift and comprehensive medical attention. After receiving treatment, you should attempt to pursue those responsible.
Frequently asked auto accident questions include:
How long can I wait to file my case?
You must generally file your case within two years of your accident or you may be permanently prevented from suing.
Who can be held responsible in an auto accident?
In general, any negligent party that caused the accident may be held liable and required to pay for the damage they caused. Often, but not always, the driver found responsible by the police for the accident is found liable at trial. Sometimes, less obvious parties like part manufacturers, vehicle passengers and governments may be held liable for injuries in a car crash.
What if I am also at fault?
If you think you caused the accident, relate this only to your attorney. There could be other at-fault parties, like other drivers, or a government agency that failed to clear a road hazard. Under the Oklahoma comparative negligence standard, damages may be reduced by the percentage you were at fault. However, if your fault was greater than 50%, you can be barred from obtaining compensation.
What types of compensation can I obtain?
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Costs of medical care
- Vehicle repair costs
- Physical pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Emotional pain and suffering
When another person’s negligence kills someone, members of the victim’s family can be eligible to receive compensation for the losses caused to the family members.
Do I really need an attorney?
Most cases are settled before trial, with insurance companies often bent on minimizing your claim. Whether you settle or try your case, a reputable attorney can help you immensely. He or she can keep the insurance company honest in settlement negotiations. If you have to litigate your claim, a skilled personal injury attorney can maximize your chances of receiving appropriate compensation.
This information is not a complete explanation of your legal rights. If you were injured in an Oklahoma auto accident, contact The Barkett Law Firm for a free consultation.