An Aggressive, Dedicated Car Accident Lawyer
A car accident can cause significant financial losses and debilitating injuries.
With the help of the Tawwater Law Firm in Oklahoma City, OK, you can collect compensation for losses caused by a negligent driver.
I've been in an accident. What would a car accident attorney advise me to do?
What to Do Immediately after a Car Accident
Call the police. A police report will help establish who is at fault, so be sure to obtain a copy of this document.
Do Not Admit Fault
Apologizing for the accident can be seen as an admission of fault. Refrain from saying "sorry" even if you think the accident was your fault.
This includes the other driver's name, address, phone number, driver's license number, and insurance information. If the other driver is not insured, do not agree to a cash settlement.
Get photos of damage to both vehicles and other property. Also take photos of injuries that resulted from the accident. These images will help us build a stronger case.
Get the name and contact information of any bystanders who saw what happened during the accident.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you do not have any noticeable injuries, you should see a doctor. Many injuries, like traumatic brain injury, are not immediately noticeable, but can have serious lifelong consequences.
Call a Lawyer
Delaying legal action could affect the outcome of your case. Schedule a consultation with a lawyer at our Oklahoma City firm to determine whether you should file a personal injury lawsuit.
Do not sign anything or settle with an insurance company until you have discussed your case with a lawyer.
Hiring a Lawyer Offers Several Benefits
Recover Maximum Compensation
While insurance companies are interested in protecting their own assets, an attorney is dedicated to your best interests. Our Oklahoma City attorneys 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 an attorney gives you the peace of mind and time you need to focus on your recovery. A lawyer can also arrange all aspects of medical care with a trusted medical provider.
Expedite Legal ActionIn most states, there is a limited amount of time in which to file a personal injury lawsuit. Because the statute of limitations in Oklahoma is two years after the date of your injury, you need a lawyer who can help you file a claim in a timely and correct manner.
What types of injuries can you sustain in a car accident?
- Blunt-force trauma
- Burn injury
- Hearing loss
- Loss of limb
- Closed head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Vision loss
Car Accidents Are Extremely Common in Oklahoma
*According to the State of Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
Worried that legal help will be too expensive?
You Can Afford Legal Representation
Our Oklahoma City attorneys want to make legal representation accessible for every victim.
For this reason, our firm offers:
- Free case evaluations: We will listen to the facts of your case and work quickly to determine whether we are the best firm to help you.
- Contingency fee-based representation: You do not have to pay unless and until we recover the compensation you deserve. We will track your expenses and deduct them from any money that we are able to recover.
What kind of compensation can I recover in a lawsuit with your Oklahoma City firm?
Medical Care, Loss of Wages, and More
Medical bills can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more. We can pursue an amount of compensation that will cover all of these expenses.
Loss of WagesIf you sustain a serious injury, you will most likely have to take time off of work. This can put a heavy financial strain on your family, especially if you are the primary breadwinner.
Decreased Wage PotentialMany injuries can prevent you from returning to work long-term or even for a lifetime. A lawyer can help you recover compensation if your ability to work is compromised.
Long-Term Medical Care
Many injury victims require long-term or lifelong rehabilitation, therapy, or in-home care. One of our Oklahoma City lawyers can help you collect compensation to cover these costs.
Decreased Quality of LifeIn addition to the tangible damages, you may experience an overall decreased quality of life due to anxiety or depression. A lawyer can help illustrate how pain and suffering resulting from your accident affect your life.
A car accident can lead to the death of a loved one. You could be entitled to compensation for funeral arrangements, loss of consortium, and loss of income.
So are damages only based on my losses?
Types of Damages
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, and more.
Punitive damages may be awarded as a means of punishing the responsible party. For instance, if the negligent party acted especially recklessly, he or she may be ordered to pay punitive damages.
Trust Your Case to a Firm That Has Served Oklahoma for More than 40 Years
A serious car accident can be one of the most frightening and traumatic experiences of your life. If you or a loved one believe you have been injured due to another party's negligence, the car accident lawyer team at the Tawwater Law Firm in Oklahoma City, OK, can provide the outstanding legal services you need. Backed by nearly 40 years of experience, our attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of accident victims. Our aggressive approach in the courtroom, combined with genuine compassion for our clients, can help relieve your burdens while getting you the settlement you deserve.
To learn more about what our services can do for you and your family during this difficult time, contact The Tawwater Law Firm online or call us at (405) 607-1400.
Common Causes of Automobile Accidents
Identifying and documenting the cause of an automobile accident is one the key concerns at 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
- 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 not the result of mechanical malfunction, and instead are due to driver error. We can provide exceptional representation for car accident victims in both product liability and driver negligence cases, as well as other types of vehicle accidents, including truck accidents and SUV roll-overs.
A Closer Look at Drunk, Distracted, & Reckless Driving
In the state of Oklahoma, 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 type A misdemeanor. Drivers convicted of a second DUI face a felony offense. Even those with a BAC lower than the 0.08 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.
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, or eating. One of the most dangerous and common forms 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 the 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. An astounding 71 percent of teens and young adults (ages 21 to 24) admit to having composed and sent text messages while driving. Nearly 80 percent from the same age group say they have read a text message while driving. The incidence of texting while driving falls with every age group, and less than one percent of drivers 65 and older report that they text while driving.
Oklahoma law defines reckless driving as, “any operation of a motor vehicle that exhibits reckless, wanton or willful disregard for the safety of other people and their property.” Not to be confused with the criminal offense “road rage,” reckless driving refers to traffic offenses. In the state of Oklahoma, reckless driving is a misdemeanor. 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
An accident is considered a rear-end collision when a vehicle hits another vehicle directly in front of it while both were moving in the same direction. It is generally easier to prove who is at fault in a rear-end collision compared to other accident types. Nonetheless, it can be difficult to prove that injuries were a result of the collision. Injuries sustained at low speeds often include whiplash and lacerations and bruising to the face and head as a result of airbag deployment. At higher speeds, passengers in the front car usually endure more serious injuries, which often involve:
- Closed head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage in the legs or back
- Blunt-force trauma
Hiring a Lawyer vs. Settling Your Claim
Although it can be tempting to settle your claim with an insurance company, it is important to remember that an insurance company is only interested in protecting themselves and their clients. They want to pay the lowest compensation possible.
Alternatively, a 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 lawyer with our Oklahoma City firm can also help you recover compensation for non-physical losses including pain and suffering.
At the Tawwater Law Firm in Oklahoma City, we understand that no amount of monetary compensation can make up for health issues resulting from a car accident, or the passing of a loved one. Instead, our goal is to help you recover compensation that can get you back on the path to recovery.
The total cost of an automobile accident can be staggering, including medical expenses, funeral arrangements, loss of family support, personal property damage, lost wages, and more. This financial fall-out can create monetary and personal uncertainty for individuals and their families. Our Oklahoma City team is here to help, and our legal expertise can help secure the financial means you need to move forward.