Tulsa Car Accident Attorney
While car accidents comprise a significant portion of personal injury and wrongful death claims, they are not always easy to resolve. We understand not just the special duties imposed on commercial and public carriers, but also the complex scientific and engineering principles often necessary to unravel just how an accident occurred on the roadways of Oklahoma and who was at fault. We understand the medical information necessary to evaluate your injury, as well as the economic and accounting principles needed to evaluate losses. We handle common car accident cases involving:
- Rear end collisions
- Intersection accidents
- Alcohol related crashes
- Hit and run
- Passenger injuries
- Driver injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Semi-truck and tractor trailer crashes
- Uninsured and underinsured motorists
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
When cases can be resolved through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods, we can aid in achieving the best result possible. When cases must be tried, we have the trial experience to aggressively represent you in the courtroom. Economic car accident damages, also known as compensatory damages, are designed to compensate the injured car accident victim. Common economic damages awarded in car accident lawsuits include:
Past Medical Expenses:
These expenses may include fees for emergency room visits, hospital care, surgery, physical therapy, and appointments with approved medical professionals.
Future Medical Expenses:
If a car accident victim can prove that they will need continued medical care as a result of the crash, they may be able to recover the cost of future medical expenses.
Injured car accident victims may be able to recover compensation for wages lost between the time of the injury and the conclusion of the lawsuit. If the injured victim was unemployed at the time of the accident, they may be awarded lost wages if they can demonstrate earning potential during this time period.
Loss of earning capacity:
If the plaintiff can demonstrate that their ability to earn a living has been negatively impacted, compensation may be available. While past wages are considered in determining the amount of this award, the jury will typically look to establish the amount victim could have earned had the car accident not occurred.
Non-economic car accident damages award the plaintiff for non-financial losses. Car accident damages for non-monetary losses are typically harder to quantify and may include compensation for the following:
Pain and Suffering:
This includes compensation for the physical pain suffered as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. In awarding damages for pain and suffering, the jury will examine the nature of the injury, the extent of the pain, and the length of time the victim is expected to suffer.
Victims can also be awarded for emotional pain suffered as a result of their car accident. Mental anguish damages compensate the victim for fright, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, grief and other forms of emotional distress caused by the accident.
Loss of Consortium:
If a car accident lawsuit is successful, the uninjured spouse may be able to recover damages for loss of marital benefits, including companionship, sexual relations, affection and comfort. A jury will typically examine the following when awarding damages for loss of consortium: the stability of the marriage; the life expectancy of both partners; the degree to which marital benefits have been lost; and the amount of care and companionship given to the uninjured spouse.
If the actions of the defendant were so malicious or egregious, the jury may impose punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant and discourage similar behavior in the future.
Whatever the practical or legal issues that arise out of a car accident in Tulsa, we are prepared to address them in order to maximize our client’s recovery. If you have been in a car accident in Oklahoma, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. There is a limited window in which to file an insurance claim and/or bring a claim against another party. Contact one of our Tulsa car accident attorneys at Carlos L. Wiliams & Associates, PLLC today.