Tulsa Car Accident Lawyers
Holding drivers and car owners accountable for Oklahoma car crashes
Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma. It’s home to over 400,000 people. The city and the surrounding regions are home to some of the most heavily traveled roadways in America. I-44, The Will Rogers Turnpike and Turner Turnpike are thoroughfares for semi-trucks and travelers coming and going from Texas to Oklahoma City and east on to Arkansas and Missouri. Unfortunately, due to the high number of drivers in Tulsa and the surrounding areas, injury collisions frequently occur on roadways in and around Tulsa.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car crash, you can rest assured that Biby Law Firm will work tirelessly to prove a driver’s negligence caused your injuries or the death of a loved one. We work with investigators, the police, and other professionals such as traffic reconstruction experts when necessary, to prove a driver drove too fast, drove while distracted or drunk, or was just irresponsible. Our lawyers also work with your doctors to document and detail every aspect of your medical condition. We are skilled negotiators who can often settle cases based on our top to bottom preparation, our tenacity, our understanding of the law, and our ability to persuasively argue how life-changing your injuries are.
What are the most common types of car collisions?
Our attorneys handle every type of car collision case. Some of the more common kinds of car accident cases our Tulsa attorneys handle are:
- Head-on collisions. These crashes usually occur because one driver is in the wrong lane. Head-on crashes are often fatal or cause catastrophic injuries. A common reason a driver is in the wrong lane is because the driver was drunk or distracted, oftentimes by a cell phone.
- Intersection collisions. These car accidents happen because drivers either run a red light or fail to yield to a green bulb while making a left hand turn. They also happen if cars turn too wide or not wide enough.
- Rear-end crashes. These car collisions are inexcusable. They often occur because the rear driver doesn’t brake in time, causing the car to crash into the car in front. The driver in the rear is almost always at fault. Rear-end car accidents are usually due to driver distraction and speeding. Drivers in the front vehicle often suffer whiplash. Our firm understands that people injured in rear end collisions may not feel their symptoms until hours or days after the accident.
- Broadside accidents. These collisions occur when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. Usually the driver of the car whose front was damaged is the driver at fault. These collisions often cause death or serious injuries.
- In a sideswipe, the passenger side of one car collides with the driver side of the other car. Sideswipes often happen when cars fail to merge properly, or when one car doesn’t have enough room to pass.
- Multi-car crashes. If a car is in the wrong lane, in an intersection, the car rolls over, or a car sideswipes another car – then one or both cars may spin out of control and into other vehicles. Multi-car crashes can also occur when there is a chain-reaction of collisions. These cases require very skilled lawyers because there are often multiple victims and multiple defendants.
- Single car crashes. In these crashes, the passengers in the vehicle generally have the right to file a claim against the driver. Common causes include speeding, intoxication, and driver distraction.
- Hit-and-run collisions. If you were injured in a hit-and-run, the chances are good you will need to use your own insurance coverage to pay for the damages. Biby Law Firm has obtained good results for hundreds of clients who were injured by uninsured/underinsured motorists, as well as in hit-and-run claims.
What steps should you take after a car accident in Tulsa?
In Oklahoma, drivers are generally required to contact the police and exchange insurance information, vehicle identification information, and contact information such as addresses. In addition:
- Anyone who is injured should seek immediate medical attention.
- Drivers who are physically able should take pictures and/or videos of the accident site and of the damage to the vehicles. They should also take pictures of their injuries so that there is documentation of how you looked – at your worst.
- Drivers should cooperate with the police by exchanging personal information. Don’t get into a discussion of how the accident happened though – leave that for your Tulsa car accident lawyer.
- Drivers should call our skilled Tulsa car accident lawyers. We’ll carefully guide you through each step of the car accident claims process. If your claim is unjustly denied by an act of bad faith, we can represent you through that process, too.
What injuries occur most often in Tulsa car accidents?
If someone is killed, our Tulsa wrongful death lawyers file claims on behalf of the family against the wrongdoers for all the economic and emotional losses Oklahoma law permits.
However, it is much more common for individuals to suffer a wide array of bodily injuries that will affect a person for differing degrees of time: The most common injuries in car collisions include:
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Muscle, ligament, and tissue damage
- Damage to internal organs
- Loss of limb
- Cuts and bruises
Victims may need to treat with hospitals, primary care physicians, neurologists, orthopedists, pain management doctors and physical therapists. Some car accident victims also suffer post-traumatic stress from the collision and depending upon the level of emotional harm, treatment with psychologists or other health doctors/counselors may be required.
When can a driver be liable for a car accident in Tulsa?
The starting point for every car accident case is the driver. Drivers can be held liable for your injuries and losses if they committed any of the following offenses which caused the accident and your injuries:
- Driving too fast/speeding
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while distracted
- Driving too fast for conditions such as failing to slow down in a thunderstorm
- Violating any traffic law
- Many other causes
Who may be liable for a car accident in Tulsa?
In addition to the driver, our experienced Tulsa car accident lawyers investigate whether anyone else can be held liable including:
- The owners of the vehicle. The owners and driver may not be the same. Owners are generally liable for the negligence of anyone they give permission to drive their vehicle.
- Car repair businesses. Companies that fail to fix your car properly may be liable.
- Alcohol vendors. In Oklahoma, there is no dram shop statute. Based on court decisions though, sellers of alcohol can be held liable if they sell alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated if that person then causes a car accident due to his/her impairment. Social hosts who serve liquor may be liable for drunk driving accidents, too.
- The government. Oklahoma, Tulsa, or their agencies such as the Oklahoma Department of Transportation may be liable for some car accidents based on poor highway design or faulty maintenance.
Other defendants may be liable depending on how the collision occurred.
What kind of damages can you claim for a Tulsa car accident injury?
Our lawyers demand compensation for:
- Your physical pain and emotional suffering
- All your medical expenses including hospital stays, doctor visits, therapy visits, medications, and medical devices
- Your lost income
- The damage to your vehicle
- Scarring and disfigurement
In some cases, we may also demand the defendant pay punitive damages for reckless or intentional acts that led to you or your loved one’s injuries. Punitive damages are aimed at deterring wrongful conduct while also punishing the wrongdoer.
Speak with a premier Tulsa car accident lawyer today
The insurance companies have experienced insurance adjusters and lawyers on their side. You need a strong car crash lawyer on your side – one who is skilled at preparing your case and who can anticipate the arguments adjusters and defense attorneys make. At Biby Law Firm, we have a strong track record of success negotiating just settlements and obtaining verdicts that are several times more than what the insurance company and their lawyer evaluated a case to be worth. Our results have earned the praise of our clients and our legal colleagues all over this part of the country. For help with any car collision in or near Tulsa, call our respected lawyers at 918-574-8458 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment. We handle catastrophic injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We proudly serve all of Oklahoma including the communities of Broken Arrow, Bixby, Claremore, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Wagoner, Muskogee, and the surrounding areas.