Car Accident Lawyer
A car accident can cause significant financial losses and debilitating injuries.
With the help of the Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC, you can collect compensation for losses caused by a negligent driver.
If you've been involved in an auto accident, learn how our Oklahoma City, OK, personal injury attorneys can help you.
What You Should Do After a Car Accident
Call a car accident lawyerYou need an advocate who can make sure your rights are protected and that you collect what you are owed. You or a loved one should call us as soon as possible to begin discussing your case.
Get a copy of the police reportA police report will help establish who is at fault in a car accident case, so be sure to obtain a copy of this document.
Refer insurance adjusters to your attorneyIf adjusters or anyone else wants to talk about your accident, tell them to reach out to your lawyer so you can avoid unwittingly saying something that allows them to minimize your losses or attribute fault where it does not belong.
Preserve evidenceToday, it's easier than ever to collect and preserve evidence. Use your smartphone to take photos of your medical documents, damage at the scene of the accident, the contact information of the other party and any witnesses, and any other pertinent documents. Next, backing up this information is as easy as uploading it to a cloud service or simply emailing it to your personal email account.
Keep all medical appointmentsEven if you aren't feeling like you are seriously injured, you must make a point of attending all scheduled medical appointments in order to ensure thorough documentation of your injuries. Remember, the effects of a serious injury aren't always immediately apparent. Just because you feel okay today doesn't mean your injuries won't eventually take a debilitating toll.
Do not sign anything or settle with an insurance company
until you have discussed your case with a car accident lawyer.
Speak with Skilled Car Accident Lawyers Contact the Tawwater Law Firm Today
If you are an accident victim or have lost a loved one in a collision, the car accident lawyers of the Tawwater Law Firm are here to help. Our office has a proud legal history spanning more than four decades in Oklahoma City. We always stand with our clients, and will not be intimidated by insurance companies, corporations, or other powerful interests.
During a free legal consultation, we can discuss your car accident case and what steps you should take next. To speak with a member of our team, contact our law office online. You can also reach our Oklahoma City practice by phone.
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Hiring a Lawyer Has Important Benefits
Recover Maximum Compensation
While insurance companies are interested in protecting their own assets, a car accident attorney is dedicated to your best interests. Our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers work with medical experts and economists to determine the full extent of your losses, calculating how they will affect you for life.
Get the Care You Need
Hiring a car accident attorney gives you the peace of mind and time you need to focus on recovery. A lawyer can also arrange aspects of medical care with a trusted health provider.
Expedite Legal Action
There is a limited amount of time in which to file a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations for car accident lawsuits in the state of Oklahoma is two years after the date of your injury. You need a lawyer who can help you file a car accident claim in a timely and correct manner.
If you are worried that legal help will be too expensive,
here's the difference that a contingency fee basis can make:
We Have Secured Millions for Injured Oklahomans
Whether going to trial or settling out of court, our injury attorneys have your best interests in mind.
Have You or a Loved One Been in a Car Accident? Discuss Your Collision With Our Team
The car accident attorneys of Tawwater Law Firm are committed to Oklahoma City accident victims and their families. With free consultations and representation on a contingency fee basis, you will not pay legal fees unless your case is settled or receives a favorable verdict in court. To discuss your car accident with a member of our team, contact our law office online. You can also reach our car accident lawyers by phone.
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Common Causes of Auto Accidents
Identifying and documenting the cause of an auto accident is one of the key concerns of our Oklahoma City firm. Some of the most common causes of auto accidents include:
- Cell phone use, including talking, texting, and checking the Internet
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Unsafe driving and traveling at excessive speeds
- Distractions, including adjusting music or eating behind the wheel
- Attempting to retrieve items on the floorboard or in another seat
- Looking at something other than the road, such as scenery
- Reading notes and other materials
- Distractions from other passengers
Typically, car accidents are the result of driver error rather than mechanical malfunction. However, if a defective part or vehicle design flaw contributed to your car accident, we can hold the negligent auto company, auto parts manufacturer, or vehicle maintenance technician accountable.
Our car accident lawyers provide quality legal representation to the people who need it, not just those who can afford it.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is illegal. First-time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or greater can be charged with a misdemeanor. A second DUI within 10 years is a felony.
Even those with a BAC lower than the legal limit can still have criminal charges filed against them. For instance, reckless driving charges may be brought against drivers with a BAC of 0.06 to 0.07. Under the state’s zero tolerance law, it is illegal for drivers under the age of 21 to have a BAC above 0.0.
If you or a loved one was harmed by the actions of a drunk driver, a car accident lawyer can help you seek damages in a civil case. In your personal injury claim, we may be able to pursue punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages from the other driver.
Reckless Driving Accidents
Not to be confused with the criminal offense of road rage, reckless driving refers to traffic offenses and is a misdemeanor. Oklahoma state law defines reckless driving as follows:
"It shall be deemed reckless driving for any person to drive a motor vehicle in a careless or wanton manner without regard for the safety of persons or property or in violation of the conditions outlined in Section 11-801 of this title."
Section 11-801 of Oklahoma law outlines basic traffic rules and speed limits for different roadways and situations.
Common behaviors associated with reckless driving include:
- Excessive speeding
- Failure to indicate lane changes
- Excessive lane changes
- Failure to stop at red lights
- Passing traffic on the shoulders of the road or emergency lanes
Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving is defined as driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity. This can include talking on the phone, using a navigation system, personal grooming, or eating while driving. There are three kinds of distractions:
- Visual (Eyes off the road)
- Manual (One or both hands off the steering wheel)
- Cognitive (Attention diverted from the act of driving)
Multiple distractions may occur simultaneously. All forms of distraction while driving can be dangerous and even deadly. Distracted driving puts other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and any passengers in the vehicle at risk.
The Dangers of Texting While Driving
One of the most dangerous and common forms of driver distraction is texting while driving. Reading, composing, and sending a text involves each main type of distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive. As a result, a driver who is texting is not looking at or thinking about the road as they should, and he or she does not have both hands on the wheel.
This behavior is particularly prevalent among younger drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers under the age of 25 are considerably more likely to text while driving than all other age groups. Thousands have died because of distracted drivers. Both texting and cellphone use behind the wheel are major contributors to that tragic number.
We have helped clients just like you move forward with their lives following a tragedy for more than four decades.
Do You Have Questions About Filing a Lawsuit? Contact the Tawwater Law Firm
Our car accident lawyers want to hear from you. With free consultations and legal representation on a contingency basis, you do not have to worry about paying for legal help unless your case is settled or a jury award is achieved. Our law office is on your side. To speak with car accident attorneys who put your needs first, contact our practice online. You can also reach our Oklahoma City office by phone.
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What types of injuries can you sustain in a car accident?
Did You Know...
It's common for injuries to only become apparent well after a collision. It can take days or even weeks. Be sure to avoid immediately settling your car accident claim, and to undergo a thorough medical evaluation so your doctor can diagnose the full scope of your injuries. We are here to help you make all the right choices during this difficult time to protect your future, your livelihood, and the people you care about most.
Types of Compensation Justice for Car Accident Victims
Compensatory damages are intended to make the victim whole again by covering the cost of medical bills, property damage, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
Punitive damages may be awarded as a means of punishing the responsible party. This goes beyond your bills or expenses after a collision. For instance, if the negligent party acted especially recklessly, he or she may be ordered to pay punitive damages.
Fatal Injury Accidents Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If a loved one was killed in a car accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against the other driver or any other negligent party. A wrongful death claim seeks compensation for the hardships associated with losing a partner or family member, including funeral arrangements, loss of consortium, and loss of the deceased's income.
Hiring a Lawyer vs. Settling with the Insurance Company
Remember This About Insurance Companies
Although it can be tempting to settle your claim with an insurance company instead of filing a lawsuit, it is important to remember that an insurance company is only interested in protecting themselves and their clients. Their goal is to pay the least compensation possible.
Why Working with a Lawyer Matters
A personal injury lawyer is interested in protecting your best interests and helping you recover the maximum compensation possible. We work with medical experts and life care planners to determine how your injury will affect you for the rest of your life. A car accident lawyer with our Oklahoma City firm can also help you recover compensation for non-physical losses, including pain and suffering.
An Attorney Can Help with Settlements
Since the vast majority of cases are settled out of court, a car accident lawyer can help negotiate a more favorable settlement. As advocates for you and your family, the team at the Tawwater Law Firm can let you know if it's advisable to settle, or if we can negotiate a much better outcome that truly compensates you for your losses.
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