An Aggressive, Dedicated Car Accident Lawyer

A car accident can cause significant financial losses and debilitating injuries.

With the help of a car accident lawyer at the Tawwater Law Firm, you can collect compensation for losses caused by a negligent driver. 

I've been in an accident. What should I do?

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What to Do  Immediately after a Car Accident

If you do not have serious or life-threatening injuries following a car accident, you should: 

Call 911

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.

Exchange Information

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

Take Pictures

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.  

Collect Witnesses 

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 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 

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Recover Maximum Compensation 

While insurance companies are interested in protecting their own assets, an attorney is dedicated to your best interests. We 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 Action

In 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

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*According to the State of Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

Worried that legal help will be too expensive? 

You Can Afford Legal Representation

Our 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. 
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Your first consultation is free, and you owe us nothing unless we achieve a settlement or jury award for you.

What kind of compensation can I recover in a lawsuit? 

Medical Care, Loss of Wages, and More

Medical Expenses 

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 Wages 

If 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 Potential 

Many 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. A lawyer can help you collect compensation to cover these costs. 

Decreased Quality of Life

In 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. 

Funeral Arrangements

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. 

A Firm Serving Oklahomans for More than 40 Years 

Every year, thousands of Americans become victims of car accidents that result in serious injuries and even death. A serious car accident can be one of the most frightening and traumatic experiences of your life. In addition to the physical pain and stress you may face, medical expenses and the navigation of complex insurance claims can compound your hardship. If you or a loved one believe you have grounds to file a lawsuit, 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 today.

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Common Causes of Automobile Accidents

Identifying and documenting the cause of an automobile accident is one our key concerns. 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

Drunk 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

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.

Reckless 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:

  • Tailgating
  • 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

Rear-end Collisions

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

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Regardless of how severe or uneventful you think an accident may have been, always call the police.

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 firm can also help you recover compensation for non-physical losses including pain and suffering. 

Recovering Compensation

At the Tawwater Law Firm, 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. We are here to help, and our legal expertise can help secure the financial means you need to move forward.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

We understand that the effects of car accidents can be overwhelming and life-changing. By partnering with our firm, your case will be exceptionally represented, and in some cases, can often be settled out of court. To learn more about pursuing compensation for your car accident, call us at (405) 607-1400 or request a free case evaluation online

The Tawwater Law Firm 

The attorneys at The Tawwater Law Firm have been representing injured clients throughout Oklahoma for over 40 years. We are a part of various prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Association for Justice 
  • Oklahoma Association for Justice
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers 

To schedule your free case evaluation, call us at (405) 607-1400 or request an appointment online

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