Working with McIntyre Law
Honesty, hard work and compassion are the hallmarks of our law firm. We strive to provide the best legal representation to Oklahoma motorcycle wreck victims while adhering to a strict code of ethics. At McIntyre Law, you will get the full attention of our Oklahoma attorneys and have unabated access to those attorneys at all times.
What should I do after a motorcycle accident?
If you or a loved one are involved in an Oklahoma motorcycle wreck many things flash through your mind. The attorneys at McIntyre Law highly recommend that if you are involved in an Oklahoma motorcycle crash you immediately do and collect the following:
- Call 911. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect you or your passengers have been injured. Whether or not you think you or anyone else is injured or damage has been sustained, it’s crucial that a police report is on file for any motorcycle accident in Oklahoma. If there are witnesses, encourage them to stay at the scene until the police arrive to take their statements and contact information.
- Take pictures. If you are able to do so, take a few pictures at the scene. Try to show any damage to your motorcycle, as well as to other vehicles and other property damage. Keep them safe in your phone or on your camera, but don’t send them to anyone until you’ve been advised to do so by the Oklahoma motorcycle accident attorneys at McIntyre Law.
- Collect names, driver’s license numbers, contact information (at least a home address and phone number) and insurance information for all motorcyclists and drivers involved in the crash. Don’t limit yourself to those parties involved in the motorcycle accident. Actively ask bystanders if they witnessed the motorcycle accident and to provide you with their version of what happened.
- Determine if any of the drivers involved in the motorcycle accident appeared to be distracted. You must immediately inform the police investigating the accident whether a driver was talking on his or her cell phone, appeared to be texting and/or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Distracted driving or driving under the influence are the cause of about 27% of all Oklahoma motorcycle accidents.
- Go to a hospital or visit your doctor immediately. If your motorcycle accident injuries are severe, head straight to the nearest emergency room. Even if you think that you’re fine, you should go to a hospital or get checked out by a doctor, regardless. Some head, back, neck and internal injuries from motorcycle accidents can take hours, or even days, to become apparent. If you delay treatment, your insurance company could take that as a sign that your injuries are insignificant, or even that you’re making them up after the fact. A complete report by a medical provider immediately following an Oklahoma motorcycle accident is a crucial part of any insurance claim you might make.
- Make statements about the motorcycle accidentonly to the police. In the heat of the moment, your impression of what happened could be fuzzy. You have just experienced a trauma, and you might even be nervous enough to admit to or apologize for something that was not your fault. Avoid making apologies or admissions to anyone at the scene (even any other involved drivers in the motorcycle accident) except for the attending police officers. While you might think that you’re simply being nice and showing concern for another motorist, an apology made at the scene is admissible in court and could be evidence against you if the other party seeks to prove fault.
- Call your insurance provider to have a case file created for the motorcycle accident. You want the insurance company to know that you were following due diligence in avoiding any delay in reporting the case. You will get a claim number for the date of loss and will connect with a claims adjuster who can be your point of contact for any other communication that you will do to recover medical, lost wages, property damage or other claims. However, if the insurer asks you to make a recorded statement about how the accident happened, we recommend that you decline until you have our lawyers present to advise.
- Call McIntyre Law. After suffering a motorcycle accident in Oklahoma, call the attorneys at McIntyre Law to discuss your case. We’ll walk you through every step of the process so that you avoid making statements to your insurance company that would restrict the amount of compensation that you could recover, and help you to only pay what’s fair to the other parties involved.
- Avoid “ambulance chasers”. For a law firm representative to pursue someone who has just been in an accident, without you contacting them first, is illegal and unethical. If someone tries to encourage you to have him or her represent you, it’s best to avoid that person altogether.
- Keep accurate records and receipts. If you’ve been injured in an Oklahoma motorcycle accident, you might be able to collect damages for costs associated with life activities that you’re unable to do while you’re recovering. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you might be able to be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries. Your motorcycle accident attorney at McIntyre Law can advise as to how to proceed and what expenses should be tracked.
- Avoid posting details about your motorcycle accident on social media. Insurance companies are known to view Facebook pages, Instagram feeds, and other social media associated with an individual’s claim. While you might want to let your friends and family know that you’re okay, or that you need help managing your injuries, it’s best to keep those conversations offline. Steer clear of sharing any detail about how the accident occurred or how your recovery is going.
Remember to never assume that the driver who hit you will admit to fault. You are the first line of defense in protecting yourself during the claims investigation. The information you garner after your accident can prove invaluable to your claim as the claims process and/or Oklahoma motorcycle accident litigation proceeds.
What is a contingency fee?
When a lawyer works on a “contingency fee” basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any monetary rewards from your lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there are no rewards from your motorcycle accident lawsuit, you don’t pay the lawyer. We get paid if, and only if, you do.
What are the typical causes of Oklahoma motorcycle wrecks?
At McIntyre Law, we have represented numerous individuals who have suffered personal injuries because of the negligence of other motorists. Studies show that most Oklahoma motorcycle accidents occur due to the motorcycle leaving the highway. These accidents are typically caused by inattentive motorists forcing the motorcycle off the highway. We also typically see motorcycle accidents where the motorcycle wreck is the result of a motorist running a traffic control device such as a stop sign. We also see motorcycle wrecks where a car turns in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Each and every one of these types of accidents and other accidents usually result in serious injuries or even death to the motorcyclist due in part that they are typically thrown from the motorcycle. Learn more about motorcycle injury statistics
Common Oklahoma Motorcycle Crash Injuries
As Oklahoma motorcycle crash lawyers, we have represented a broad spectrum of Oklahomans injured in motorcycle wrecks. If you or a loved one are suffering from a traumatic brain injury or other medical complications as a result of the motorcycle crash, the attorneys at McIntyre Law have the experience that will help you get the long term care you need. Your motorcycle accident may have resulted in any number of personal injuries — these are the most common motorcycle accident injuries:
- Head trauma
- Spinal trauma
- Back and neck pain
- Lacerations and scars
- Severe bruising
- Permanent disfigurement
- Mental Anguish
What compensation could I get from an Oklahoma motorcycle accident lawsuit?
Under Oklahoma law, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the following if you are injured in an Oklahoma motorcycle accident:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Reasonable expenses of the necessary medical care, treatment, and services
Specifically, Oklahoma law allows a jury to consider the following in a personal injury accident: His or her physical pain and suffering, past and future; His or her mental pain and suffering, past and future; His or her age; His or her physical condition immediately before and after the accident; The nature and extent of his or her injuries; Whether the injuries are permanent; The physical impairment; The disfigurement; Loss of earnings and/or time; Impairment of earning capacity; and The reasonable expenses of the necessary medical care, treatment, and services, past and future.
The Oklahoma motorcycle crash lawyers at McIntyre Law in Oklahoma City and Tulsa are experienced and prepared to get you the maximum amount of recovery the law allows as a result of a motorcycle accident.
What do I do if my loved one has died in an Oklahoma motorcycle wreck?
Motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States. In Oklahoma alone, we typically have over 80 motorcycle-related deaths each year. The Oklahoma motorcycle crash lawyers at McIntyre Law take our role as counselors of the law very serious in wrongful death actions. We are here to provide you with legal guidance as well as listening to the heartache you and/or your family are going through.
According to Oklahoma law, a wrongful death claim is when an individual dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual while driving a motorcycle. Oklahoma allows immediate family members of the deceased to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages from pain and suffering, lost wages, mental anguish, loss of companionship, medical costs, and other expenses.
Meet our Oklahoma Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been the unfortunate victim of an Oklahoma motorcycle accident, contact us today.
Why should I hire a lawyer to represent me in a motorcycle accident case?
The lawyers at McIntyre Law are experienced in dealing with various types of accidents and the insurance companies that regularly attempt to “low-ball” individuals who try to go through the claims process alone. We can guide you through the many different types of Oklahoma motorcycle accidents and help you avoid the pitfalls that may arise in your case. The attorneys at McIntyre Law know your time is precious and will attempt to force the insurance companies to speed up the process, whether that process is resolving your property damage or getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
We also strive to provide our client’s with a worry-free approach to the claims process. You are retaining the services of an experienced attorney who has settled and/or litigated numerous Oklahoma motorcycle wreck claims. Our goal is to take the worry and pressure associated in dealing with adjusters completely away from our clients.
Can I file an Oklahoma motorcycle wreck lawsuit without legal representation?
You can, and many people fear the prospect of paying an attorney for their services in a motorcycle wreck. However, you should know that studies show that, on average, people who settle their motorcycle wreck claims with the help of an experienced attorney typically receive larger settlements even after fees for services have been deducted from the settlement amount.
The only way to level the playing field against insurance adjusters, who are set on getting you to take less than what your claim is worth, is to retain the services of an experienced and aggressive Oklahoma motorcycle crash lawyer.
What if the negligent driver does not have insurance?
Studies have consistently shown that one in three Oklahoma drivers is without vehicle insurance. These startling facts make it imperative you purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist will protect you when you are injured by an uninsured driver. Underinsured motorist coverage will protect you where you have been seriously injured and the negligent person does not carry enough liability insurance to cover your needs.
It’s important to have the expertise of an Oklahoma motorcycle accident attorney experienced in uninsured/underinsured motorist laws. Oklahoma uninsured/underinsured motorists’ laws are complex and require that you adhere to the duties prescribed by law and your insurance policy in order to collect for any injuries suffered due to the negligence of an uninsured/underinsured motorist.
What areas of Oklahoma do McIntyre’s motorcycle accident attorneys practice in?
The Oklahoma personal injury attorneys in our office routinely handle cases throughout the state of Oklahoma. Our client representation covers the entire state of Oklahoma, in cities such as:
- Oklahoma City
- Midwest City
And in counties including Oklahoma County, Tulsa County, Payne County, Cleveland and McCurtain County. No matter where you are in the state of Oklahoma, our lawyers stand ready to help you.