Tulsa Car Accident Lawyer
Recover the Compensation You Deserve
Car accidents are often life-altering experiences for the people involved. Even when they are not life-threatening, motor vehicle accidents can result in weeks or months of:
- Healing from an injury
- Being unable to work
- Suffering from other damages
If you have been injured in a car accident and the negligence of another person is to blame, you may be able to recover compensation for the damages you have suffered. Contacting an Oklahoma accident lawyer should be the next step after suffering an injury in an automotive collision.
At The Law Offices of Trevor Furlong, helping injured people is my mission. I am an experienced drunk driving accidents attorney who is committed to ensuring the victims of negligence receive the care and support they need following an accident. Contact me to discuss your collision and get started on your case.
Is Oklahoma a No-Fault State?
Oklahoma is not a no-fault state. In Oklahoma, people who are injured in a car accident must file a claim with an at-fault party in order to recover compensation for their damages. Generally, the at-fault party in an Oklahoma car accident case will be another driver, and recovering compensation will involve negotiations with their insurance company. However, the case could progress to legal negotiations, and even in-trial litigation, if the insurance company does not provide just compensation. Legal action will also be necessary if the negligence of a third party was responsible for the collision.
Car Accident Claim Damages
By filing a car accident claim, you can recover compensation for the financial and non-economic damages that the collision caused. Medical expenses generally account for the majority of car accident damages. A purpose of filing a car accident claim is ensuring that your medical bills are covered. Additional damages that may result from a car accident include property damage and vehicle repair costs, wages lost during missed work time, and funeral and burial expenses in cases of fatal collisions.
Car accidents can also cause significant non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of purpose, or loss of companionship. Although these types of damages do not technically have a monetary value, plaintiffs can recover compensation for these damages as a way of holding at-fault parties accountable.
Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents are often caused by the negligence of drivers, as well as outside factors that may not be the fault of a driver. Even if an external factor causes a collision, it’s possible that a third party may be liable for damages.
Car accidents can be caused by factors such as:
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
- Vehicle maintenance issues
- Road conditions
- Inclement weather
What Should You NOT Do After A Car Accident?
Getting into a car accident can be overwhelming and stressful. This may lead to forgetting to take necessary steps after the accident.
Do NOT do the following after getting into accident:
Flee the scene of the accident
Forget to call 911 if you/someone is injured
Forget to document the accident (take photos, take pictures of the other driver’s license)
Admit to fault
File a lawsuit alone
Failure to hire a lawyer, especially when talking to other person's insurance company
Who is at Fault for My Car Accident?
In most car accident cases, the at-fault party is one of the drivers that was involved in the collision. It is also possible for third parties (other than a driver) to be at fault for a car accident and be liable for damages. Third parties who may be liable for collision damages include vehicle manufacturers, mechanics, construction companies, road maintenance companies, businesses, and others.
Can You Sue Someone for a Minor Car Accident?
If you were in a car accident and suffered injuries, you have the right to make a claim to cover your losses.
Sometimes, the losses from an accident exceed the coverage from an insurance policy. You may sue someone for a minor accident, however, the criteria for a lawsuit are as follows:
- The other party owed it to you to drive safely
- They did not drive safely
- Their unsafe driving caused your accident
- You suffered injuries and financial losses
You have the right to file a claim, but that doesn't mean that it is the best path to take. If you have evidence and can prove the above criteria, you may be able to recover the losses you suffered relating to the accident.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
Car accident lawsuits are subject to a legal deadline commonly known as a "statute of limitations." Under Oklahoma Statutes, Title 12, Chapter 3, Subsection 95, a person typically has two years from the date of their car accident to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.
Statue of Limitations for Wrongful Death Lawsuits
This two-year time period also applies to wrongful death lawsuits related to car accident claims, though the "clock" for these claims would begin on the date of the person's death if it is different from the date of the collision.
What Happens If I Miss the Deadline to File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
If you attempt to file a lawsuit after the applicable time limit has passed, your case will likely be dismissed and you will be unable to recover compensation. For this reason, it is crucial you get my firm involved as soon as possible after your accident to guard your rights and protect yourself against potentially costly pitfalls.
Contact Our Tulsa Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact The Law Offices of Trevor Furlong today. I will hold negligent drivers and other parties liable for your suffering and help you get the care you need. I am available to answer any questions you have and discuss your case.
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