What to Do After Your Bicycle Accident in Oklahoma
In the worst scenarios, bicyclists who survive being hit by a car or truck won’t have much of a choice; they’ll simply be put into an ambulance and go to the hospital. However, if you don’t need immediate medical attention, you should call the police immediately after the accident. Your next call should be to get legal help. Here are some additional steps to follow:
- Photograph the scene and document, with pictures or video, any injuries you have.
- If you’re able, document the driver’s license plate number, their contact and insurance information, and the names and contact information of every eyewitness to the bicycle accident.
Note: You should be upfront and truthful about your injuries, both at the scene of the accident and to your doctor. It’s important that you’re clear and honest about your symptoms.
Lastly, if you didn’t do any of this, or if you were unable to, don’t worry. McIntyre Law will gladly take your call and can figure out how best to move forward with your case no matter what the situation.
What to Know Before You File a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit
If your bicycle accident in Oklahoma was recent, contact McIntyre Law. If your primary care doctor is unable to see you quickly, we may be able to help you get treated by a medical professional sooner. If you got hit by a car while riding your bike in Oklahoma a while ago, however, and you’ve already gone through treatment, McIntyre Law can help you collect your medical records and jump-start your lawsuit. Remember: Your insurance company isn’t necessarily there to help you, and they aren’t going to make it easy for you to recover the money you need. McIntyre Law can help with the process of acquiring legal papers such as petitions, summonses, and/or complaints that are needed for filing a bicycle accident lawsuit in Oklahoma.
What is a contingency fee?
When a lawyer works on a contingency fee basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any settlement or award from the lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there’s no recovery on your case, you won’t owe any legal fees. We get paid if, and only if, you do.
The Statute of Limitations for a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit in Oklahoma
The statute of limitations for bicycle accidents in Oklahoma is two years, but this may differ from state to state. In cases involving a minor, the Oklahoma statute expires on their 19th birthday or after two years, whichever is longest. However, this doesn’t mean that you should wait the entire two years to begin pursuing your case. As time passes, evidence gets lost, so it’s extremely important to start your case as soon as possible.
What compensation can a bicyclist get from a lawsuit after getting hit by a car?
There are multiple types of compensation available to Oklahoma cyclists hit by a car. After a successful lawsuit you could receive compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost work earnings
- Future living expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost family time
Working with McIntyre Law
Bicycle accidents can leave victims with huge medical bills, loss of income, and intense pain and suffering. McIntyre Law knows that bicyclists hit by cars deserve support and someone who will help them through the legal process. You don’t have to deal with your bicycle injuries and insurance claims on your own. When you work with McIntyre Law, you’ll have the best bicycle accident attorneys in Oklahoma by your side. We’ll fight for your rights so that you can move forward in comfort and with dignity.
Do you have a case for a bicycle accident lawsuit?
Even if you’re not sure whether you have a case, give us a call. Seeking legal advice is absolutely worth it and is a smart use of your time. We’re happy to walk you through your rights and will be straightforward with you about whether you’ve got a case or not. If you’ve been hit by a car while riding your bike and you don’t think the insurance company is handling your case fairly or competently, call McIntyre Law today. We’ll work day and night to get you the compensation you deserve.
Meet our Oklahoma City Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Our lawyers are experienced, empathetic, and dedicated to making sure you get the compensation you deserve. McIntyre’s team of bicycle accident lawyers are the best in Oklahoma.
Common Types of Accidents Involving a Cyclist Hit by a Car
There are many different types of accidents involving a car hitting a bicycle:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Left-hand turns
- Right-hand turns
- Failure to yield
- Sideswipe accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Stop sign accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Children’s bicycle accidents
Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle accidents can cause many different types of injuries, and the symptoms experienced by victims can vary dramatically. There can be both sudden and immediate injuries as well as long-term complications you may suffer after you’re hit by a car while biking, including:
- Broken bones, including facial or hip fractures
- Dental injuries
- Strained muscles
- Bruises, including bruised abdominal organs
- Partial or full vision loss
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)