Stillwater Car Accident Attorney
You’ve probably found this page because you were seriously hurt in a car crash and now you aren’t sure what to do or where to turn. You’ve come to the right place.
While you may still be in a lot of pain and figuring out how bad your injuries are, you’re also probably worrying about how you are going to pay for the added expenses of your treatments on top of the lost wages you aren’t getting because you’re unable to go back to work.
It is a lot to think about, but you don’t have to go at this alone. With the help of an experienced Stillwater car accident attorney, you can manage these obstacles and get the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Car Accidents
In Oklahoma, accidents happen all the time. Oftentimes, they happen because someone isn’t paying attention to what they are doing. Common causes of car accidents include:
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Not checking blind spots before lane changes
- Drunk driving
If you were hit by a drunk driver, you may be able to seek punitive damages. Those damages will be awarded on top of what you get for your personal injury claim. Punitive damages can be awarded for cases where there was malice involved. For all other causes, you will be able to seek compensation for a car accident claim.
Being Awarded Compensation
As mentioned, there are two types of compensation that you can be awarded; compensatory and punitive damages. The way you can ensure you have a good shot at getting these damages is to hire an Stillwater car accident attorney. In this state, you will have to prove that the other party was at fault, which is much easier to successfully accomplish with an attorney. If you try to go at this alone, you may be ruining your chances of getting compensation. If the insurance company tries to point their fingers at you and say the car accident was your fault, you could lose out on the ability to file.
In Oklahoma, if you are determined to be 50% or more at fault, you will not be able to file a claim. Oklahoma follows the rule of modified comparative negligence. That means that if you are a percent at fault (below 50) you can only recover that percentage of compensation. If you were determined to be 45% at fault, and you are awarded $10,000, you are only going to get $5,500. However, if you are determined to be 0% at fault, you will get the full amount that you were awarded. Having a good attorney represent you can mean all the difference. They will be able to fight the insurance company and keep them from pinning you with the blame. They don’t want to give you what you deserve, so they’re going to try to make you as at fault as possible. Your attorney will be able to stop them from doing that.
Injuries from Car Accidents
What your case is worth is based on how bad your injuries are. If you were so seriously hurt that your entire life changed, your case is going to be worth more than someone whose arm broke but can mostly return to their life as it was before. That is not to say the person who broke their arm should not file a claim; you would still be able to do so. The value of a car accident claim is simply going to increase with the severity of the injuries. Some reasons that will make your case more valuable include:
- You need a lot of medical treatments
- You have a lot of medical bills
- You will not be able to return to work
- You are missing out on time with your family
- You need to switch jobs because your injury prevents you from doing what you used to do
- You need a surgery
- You need physical therapy
All of these things and more go into how we determine the value of your case. It is important that you keep record of anything you spend that you would not had to have spent if it were not for your car accident.
A mistake many people make after a car accident would be if they walked away from the scene of the accident, and did not take record of their injuries in any way. You can take photos of any obvious injury, and you can tell the police when they show up how badly you are hurt. Those are two ways to record injuries. For worse injuries, you should seek immediate medical care. If you don’t need an ambulance, at least schedule a visit with your primary care physician or visit an Urgent Care center.
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If you are in a hurry to go somewhere after the accident, let’s say you have to get to work, and you don’t seek any medical care or record your injuries in any way, you are going to have a hard time proving you need compensation. You really shouldn’t wait more than a day or two to get to a doctor. Don’t think that just because you’re only just sore, you’re not seriously injured. It may take some time for the adrenaline to wear off and then you’ll feel that injury later on.
Contact Our Stillwater Car Accident Attorney
If you know you were seriously injured after a car accident and now you want legal representation, please call our Stillwater car accident attorney James Murray today for a free consultation. You don’t have to let the insurance companies bully you into a low ball settlement offer. Let Murray Law Firm fight for your rightful compensation.