Motorcycle Accidents

Our Oklahoma City motorcycle accident lawyers know how to combat common misconceptions that work against bikers and, instead, put the power back into your hands.

Oklahoma City Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Motorcycle Accidents in Oklahoma

No one expects to be involved in an accident, but statistics show that motorcyclists face significant risks when sharing the road with other motorists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents nationwide in 2019. Even more alarming, motorcyclists are nearly 30 percent more likely to be involved in fatal traffic accidents than occupants of passenger vehicles, such as cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks.

If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident in Oklahoma City or any of the surrounding areas, turn to the team at Fulmer Sill for the compassionate and personalized legal counsel you need. With decades of collective trial experience, our attorneys are prepared to aggressively seek the maximum compensation you are owed. We utilize a collaborative approach, pooling our combined resources and skills to build powerful, innovative legal strategies for our clients. This approach has helped us secure millions of dollars in compensation, including numerous million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts.

Learn how our Oklahoma City motorcycle accident attorneys can help you get back on your feet after a serious crash. Call (405) 433-7414 or contact us online for a free consultation.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

After you are in a motorcycle accident in OKC, you should always try to remember to follow these steps:

  1. Ensure your safety: Move to a safe location to avoid further danger, if possible. Turn on hazard lights to alert other drivers.
  2. Check for injuries: Assess yourself and others involved for any injuries. Call 911 immediately if anyone is injured, no matter how minor the injuries may seem.
  3. Call the police: If no one needs medical attention, the police should still be notified to redirect traffic away from the crash. Calling the police will also create a police report that may help your claim later.
  4. Gather evidence: Take photographs of the accident scene, vehicles, road conditions, and any visible injuries. Collect contact information from witnesses and other parties involved, including names, phone numbers, and addresses.
  5. Exchange information: Exchange insurance and contact information with the other motorist(s).Note the make, model, and license plate number of all vehicles involved.
  6. Seek medical attention: Even if you feel fine, visit a doctor as soon as possible because some injuries may not be immediately apparent. Keep all medical records and receipts related to your treatment.
  7. Consult with our attorneys: Contact our OKC motorcycle accident attorneys to discuss your case. We can help with all parts of the process, including reporting the accident to your insurance company, so call (405) 433-7414 quickly after a wreck.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Although there is a common belief that motorcyclists are more likely to cause accidents due to reckless or aggressive driving, we know that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, most motorcycle accidents result from other motorists’ carelessness, not the negligence of motorcycle riders.

Specifically, some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting/cellphone use
  • Fatigued driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Improper lookout
  • Tailgating
  • Dangerous turns
  • Unsafe passing
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Traffic law violations

Other common causes of motorcycle accidents have nothing to do with other drivers on the road but, rather, unsafe or defective conditions that put motorcyclists at risk. Examples include poorly designed roadways, insufficient road maintenance, potholes, blind curves, poor visibility, and even inclement weather, all of which can be extremely hazardous for motorcyclists.

Where Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen the Most in OKC?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), data shows that there were 80 fatal motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma throughout 2021 (the most recent year with a complete and analyzed data set). Unfortunately, the data does not show where those accidents occurred exactly, but it is known that Oklahoma City likely sees the most motorcycle accidents each year due to being the largest city in the state. Furthermore, reviewing crash data from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation sheds some light on which intersections in OKC have the most motor vehicle crashes each year. Through this information, we can extrapolate which intersections in OKC pose the highest crash risks for local motorcyclists.

The most accident-prone intersections in Oklahoma City are where the Northwest Expressway meets these streets:

  • Belle Isle Boulevard
  • Lake Hefner Parkway (east and west)
  • Northwest 63rd Street
  • Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Portland
  • Rockwell

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Because motorcyclists are relatively unprotected compared to drivers and passengers in standard automobiles, they tend to sustain catastrophic injuries when they are involved in collisions with larger, heavier vehicles. Sadly, many motorcycle accidents are fatal.

Some of the most common injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents include:

Do You Have to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet in Oklahoma?

Currently, any person who is 18 or older doesn't have to wear a motorcycle helmet while operating a motorcycle. Those who are under 18 must wear a helmet while riding. However, anyone riding a motorcycle, regardless of age, must wear goggles or a face shield to protect the rider, unless the motorcycle itself has a windshield meeting certain size and material requirements.

While riders don't have to wear a helmet, it's still recommended to wear one. Because of how dangerous it can be to ride a motorcycle, not wearing a helmet puts the rider at a significantly increased risk of having a serious life threatening injury.

What Damages Can I Recover After a Motorcycle Accident?

Often, motorcycle accidents result in permanent injuries, significant impairments, and lasting disabilities. Victims and their families are likely to face numerous challenges, from obtaining critical medical care to managing everyday expenses while out of work. Overall, the physical, emotional, and financial cost of a motorcycle accident can be extreme, affecting victims for months, years, or even the remainder of their lives.

At Fulmer Sill, we help our clients seek maximum compensation for their economic and non-economic damages resulting from serious motorcycle accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Hospitalization
  • Future medical care
  • Rehabilitation/physical therapy
  • Lost wages and/or income
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses

Our Oklahoma City motorcycle accident attorneys fight tirelessly to help victims of severe bodily injury and devastating losses fight for the full and fair compensation they are owed. We also represent surviving family members who have lost loved ones due to fatal motorcycle accidents throughout Oklahoma. Reach out to us today to learn more.

Understanding Your Rights After a Motorcycle Accident

If you were in a motorcycle accident, you have several key rights as an injured motorist. Primarily, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses through a civil injury claim or lawsuit. This compensation can cover a variety of damages including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.

You also have the right to hire a lawyer to guide or represent you throughout the entire legal process. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney from Fulmer Sill can handle all communications with insurance companies, gather evidence of liability, calculate the damages owed to you, represent your interests in negotiations or court, and much more.

Who Is Liable for a Motorcycle Accident?

Under Oklahoma’s traditional tort system, victims of motorcycle accidents must prove that someone else—whether another motorist, the manufacturer of a defective vehicle, or some other entity—was at least partly responsible for the accident to recover damages. If the person bringing the claim was also partly at fault, they can still recover damages as long as they were less than 50 percent to blame. However, the amount they can recover will be reduced by their percentage of fault.

Many different parties could potentially be liable for your motorcycle accident. You may have a claim against a negligent motorist’s insurance company, or you could have grounds to sue the at-fault driver directly for damages. You may have a third-party lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective vehicle or vehicle part, or you could even have a case against an entity responsible for roadway design, construction, and/or maintenance. It is important that you work with an experienced lawyer, like ours at Fulmer Sill, who can review the details of your case and pursue all possible avenues of compensation on your behalf.

Why Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Although any motor vehicle accident can be devastating, victims of motorcycle accidents tend to face certain unique challenges when it comes to their physical, emotional, and financial recovery. Not only do motorcyclists more often suffer severe injuries when they are involved in accidents, but they are also more likely to face greater financial hardships as a result of those injuries. The cost of treating catastrophic injuries can be debilitating for individuals and families, not to mention the loss of income from time taken off work to recover and heal. To make matters worse, insurance companies aggressively defend motorcycle accident claims due to their relatively high value. Insurance adjusters often use confusing language or try to get victims to agree to lowball settlements to avoid paying out the full and fair amount they are owed. Without the help of a skilled attorney, you could end up accepting far less than you need and deserve.

At Fulmer Sill, we stand up for the rights of injured bikers and their families. We meticulously investigate these claims and prepare every case for trial to help ensure that we stay a step ahead of the defense. Our collaborative and aggressive approach makes us a formidable ally for our clients, and we are proud to serve as a voice for those who may be unable to speak up for themselves.

What to Look for in a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Working with a motorcycle accident lawyer that you trust can reduce the stress of filing and pursuing an injury claim. A trustworthy attorney not only provides insightful legal counsel but also offers emotional support, so you can feel confident in your chances of a fair recovery. When you trust your attorney, you’ll also find that you’re more willing to share details of the accident and how it has affected your day-to-day life, which in turn helps the attorney help you. For these reasons and more, it is important that you look for not just any motorcycle accident lawyer but one who feels like the right fit for your case.

When you are picking a motorcycle accident attorney, you should keep in mind their:

  • Specialization and experience: Real-world experience with motorcycle accident and traffic collision cases cannot be replaced by any amount of legal knowledge. Look for a legal team with years of experience.
  • Track record of success: The attorney’s or law firm’s history of settlements and awards secured for clients can’t promise an outcome for your case, but it does show what the legal team is capable of achieving in difficult cases.
  • Client testimonials: Read reviews and testimonials from previous clients to gauge their satisfaction with the lawyer's services. Positive feedback often reflects a lawyer's dedication, communication skills, and overall effectiveness.
  • Transparent fee structure: Choose a lawyer who offers a clear and transparent fee arrangement, ideally working on a contingency basis where they only get paid if you win your case. This setup aligns their interests with yours and reduces any financial stress you may have.
  • Strong communication skills: An attorney who communicates clearly and promptly will help you feel comfortable with how your case is progressing—and you’ll know that you’re not just a case number to their law office.

Why Choose Us for Your Motorcycle Accident Case

At Fulmer Sill, we’ve set out to be an OKC motorcycle accident law firm that stands out from the rest. We’re not satisfied with providing just capable legal counsel and representation; we also insist on providing genuinely compassionate support during this trying time, so you always feel seen and heard as your case progresses. With our authentic approach to helping our clients backed by our experience and talents, we’re confident that we should be your first choice when you want to file a motorcycle accident claim in Oklahoma City.

People like to choose our firm because of our:

  • Different approach: We keep you informed about your options and important updates, give you the resources you need to be confident in your recovery and fight in and out of court for you.
  • Collaborative legal strategies: Fulmer Sill uses a collaborative approach to give each client’s case our undivided attention. Your lawyer and our whole legal team are here to help!
  • Focus on personal injury: Unlike many other firms that spread out their legal knowledge, we stay focused on personal injury claims and class action lawsuits. We also take on fewer cases at a time than most law firms, so we never have to rush.
  • Respected reputation: Many of our attorneys are recognized across Oklahoma and the country as legal leaders in court, esteemed organizations, and more.

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Oklahoma City Motorcycle Accident Resources

Important local resources and locations for OKC motorcycle accident clients:

*Fulmer Sill is not sponsored or endorsed by or affiliated or partnered with any of the medical centers or businesses on this list. We care about our community, so we are providing this information as a potential resource that may help our neighbors who have been injured in an accident.

  • Q:How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Oklahoma?

    A:In Oklahoma, you generally have two years from the date of the motorcycle accident to file a personal injury claim. Missing this deadline can bar you from seeking compensation for your injuries and damages, so you should work with an attorney who can prepare and file your claim before it expires.

  • Q:How much does a motorcycle accident lawyer cost in Oklahoma City?

    A:Our motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don't have to pay any attorney fees unless we win your case. Instead, the attorney fee is a percentage of the settlement or court award, making legal representation highly affordable for most people, even those struggling with financial hardship caused by an accident.

  • Q:Can I still get compensation if I was partially at fault for the accident?

    A:You can still receive compensation even if you were partially at fault for the motorcycle accident, thanks to Oklahoma's comparative negligence laws. Your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault; if you are found to be 30% at fault, for example, you could only receive up to 70% of the total damages awarded. However, if you are determined to be more than 49% at fault, you may be barred from receiving any compensation at all.

  • Q:What should I say (and not say) to the insurance company after a motorcycle accident?

    A:Ideally, you will let your attorney handle all communications with the insurance companies after a motorcycle accident, including your insurer and the other motorist’s insurer. If you do talk to an insurance company before hiring a lawyer, you should provide only basic information like your name, contact details, and a very simple statement like, “My lawyer will provide more information soon.” Again, it is highly advised that you don’t provide any statement without first talking with a lawyer.

  • Q:What evidence do I need to build a strong motorcycle accident case?

    A:To build a strong motorcycle accident case, evidence like police reports, medical records, photographs of the accident scene and injuries, witness statements, and any available video footage can be incredibly helpful. Additionally, documentation of lost wages and a detailed account of your pain and suffering can help support your claim for compensation.

  • Q:Is lane splitting legal for motorcycles in Oklahoma City?

    A:No, lane splitting is not legal for motorcycles in Oklahoma City. Motorcyclists must adhere to the same traffic laws as other vehicles, which include staying within their designated lane.

  • Q:Who is liable if a car door opens and hits a motorcycle in Oklahoma?

    A:In Oklahoma, the person who opens a car door into the path of a motorcyclist is typically liable for the accident because drivers and passengers are required to check for oncoming traffic before opening a door. The exact determination of fault will vary from case to case, though.

  • Q:Should I talk to the police or insurance company after a motorcycle accident?

    A:You should talk to the police after a motorcycle accident to provide them with accurate information for their report. However, it's best to let your attorney handle all communications with insurance companies—both yours and the other motorist's—to protect your interests and avoid jeopardizing your claim with misstatements.

  • Q:Is it okay to post about my motorcycle accident on social media?

    A:It is not advisable to post about your motorcycle accident on social media while your claim is pending. Insurance companies and opposing parties may use your posts to undermine your case or dispute your claims, so you should stay off social media as much as possible. For example, if you say that you hurt your back in the motorcycle accident but share a post of you walking your dog, the defendant in your claim might argue that your back must feel fine if you can walk your dog, even if you did so with pain and limited mobility.

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We would be happy to tell you all about why Fulmer Sill should be your choice for motorcycle accident claim representation in Oklahoma City. However, it might mean more to hear it from the people we have helped in the past. Please take a moment to read written reviews and watch video testimonials from our past clients.

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