Tulsa Auto Accident Lawyer
Dedicated Tulsa Litigators Helping Victims of Car Crashes Throughout Northeastern Oklahoma
Every year, thousands of people in Oklahoma and across the country are injured or killed in car crashes. In 2018, 32,536 people were injured in traffic accidents in Oklahoma, and 655 people were killed. Many of these accidents are avoidable. Unfortunately, people drive recklessly or while impaired, vehicles malfunction, and drivers ignore hazards and dangers on the road. If you were involved in an Oklahoma car crash caused by another driver’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. The Tulsa auto accident lawyers at Levinson Law, P.C., can help you recover the monetary compensation you deserve for the harm that a reckless driver has caused you.
Causes of Car Accidents
Car crashes should not be a certainty in life. A large portion of the thousands of car accidents that occur across Oklahoma every day would be avoidable if people employed proper care and attention while driving their vehicles.
At Levinson Law, P.C., we have years of experience recovering damages for clients injured in accidents caused by a variety of factors, including the following:
- Intoxicated driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains one of the most dangerous behaviors on Oklahoma roadways.
- Distracted driving. Texting while driving has become one of the leading causes of car accidents across the state and country. According to some statistics, distracted drivers have actually taken over drunk drivers as the primary cause of car accidents in the U.S. Drivers who text, email, instant message, or engage in other distracting behavior such as eating, shaving, doing their hair or makeup, changing clothes, or reading are putting everyone on the road at risk of an accident.
- Speeding and other aggressive driving maneuvers. Speeding, passing on the shoulder, lane-splitting, passing with little time before oncoming traffic arrives, and other aggressive driving behaviors are as likely to cause a crash as they are to help a driver get to their destination just a little bit earlier.
- Inclement weather and road conditions. If the road is wet or icy, if there is fog or snow falling, or if there is an object on the road, drivers must adjust their speed and attention to avoid an accident.
- Running red lights or stop signs. Too many people are too distracted to notice a stop sign or red/yellow light, or they choose to ignore the traffic control device because they are in a hurry. Running a stop sign is a surefire way to end up in a T-bone crash.
- Design defects. Not all accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Some result from defective brakes, engines, mirrors, or other vehicle parts. Thousands of cars are subject to government or manufacturer-imposed recalls every year due to dangerous defects.
- Drowsy driving. Falling asleep at the wheel is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Drivers who find themselves nodding off should pull over and take a quick 30-minute power nap, or risk a catastrophic accident with innocent drivers on the road.
Tulsa Auto Accident FAQs
If you were hurt in a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, or any other type of traffic crash in Oklahoma, you might be entitled to damages. The Tulsa auto accident attorneys at Levinson Law, P.C., have decades of combined experience serving Oklahoma clients injured in car crashes across Northeastern Oklahoma. Read on for answers to some of the more common questions we receive from our Oklahoma auto accident clients.
What is the time limit for filing a lawsuit after a car crash?
Like most personal injury claims, the deadline (called a “statute of limitations”) for filing a lawsuit after a car crash in Oklahoma is generally two years from the date of the accident. Under certain circumstances, the time limit may be extended. An Oklahoma auto accident attorney can help you evaluate whether you have grounds to extend the time limit in your case.
How much is my case worth?
The monetary value of an auto accident case depends on a variety of factors, including the extent of your property damage, the nature and severity of your injuries, the level of negligence of the defendant, the plaintiff’s contribution to the accident, and the availability of insurance coverage. You might be able to recover additional punitive damages if the defendant was malicious or extremely reckless, such as if they were driving drunk. A dedicated Tulsa auto accident attorney can help you evaluate the total damages you may be able to recover in your case.
Are there any limits on the monetary damages I can recover?
In Oklahoma, car accident victims can sue negligent parties for a few types of damages. Economic damages such as lost income, medical expenses, and property damage have no limit: You may recover the actual costs you have suffered as a result of the crash, so long as you can prove those damages.
Until recently, Oklahoma capped noneconomic damage, such as pain and suffering, at $350,000. The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently invalidated that damages cap, ruling that it was unconstitutional. As a result, there does not appear to be a limit on noneconomic damages for the typical auto accident claim.
How long do car accident cases take?
Every car accident case is different. Simple cases, especially where only property damage is involved, can be resolved in a matter of days. Bodily injury claims take longer, especially if the injury is severe. The more complicated your case is, the longer it will take to resolve. Factors include the extent of the injuries, the availability of evidence, how easily fault can be shown, the willingness or reluctance for defendants or insurance companies to pay out, and your willingness to accept a quick solution rather than a full recovery.
At Levinson Law, P.C., we care about ensuring that you get the recovery you deserve after your accident. We aim to work as quickly and efficiently as possible, and the sooner we get started on your case, the sooner you will get the recovery you are owed.
What should I do after a car crash?
If you were involved in a car accident in Oklahoma, there are a few important steps to take to ensure your health and safety, as well as to preserve your legal rights. Steps to take after a crash include the following:
- Stop at the scene, exchange contact information with other drivers
- Report the accident to the authorities
- Take photos and collect other evidence, such as contact information of any witnesses
- Keep copies of all documents relating to the accident, including police reports, medical reports, medical bills, and communications with insurance companies
- Avoid apologizing or in any way accepting fault for the accident
- Avoid discussing the accident with the other driver or on social media
- Call a lawyer to discuss your case
If you’ve been hurt in a car crash in Tulsa or throughout Northeastern Oklahoma, call Levinson Law, P.C., today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation. Our Tulsa car accident lawyers can travel to your location if you are unable to make it to our offices. We are here to help you fight for the recovery you deserve, whatever it takes. Hablamos español.
Contact Our Tulsa Auto Accident Lawyers Today
We are here to help you, and we have the experience and knowledge of the law that your car accident case – no matter how complex – deserves. Reach out to the Tulsa auto accident lawyers at Levison Law, P.C., today to schedule a free initial consultation. We help injured accident victims, as well as the family members of deceased car crash victims, pursue the damages they are owed for the harm they have suffered.