If you have recently sustained injuries or damages in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you likely have a few questions. Who will pay for the damages? What about the medical bills? Should I hire an attorney?
While you may not believe that you need a car accident lawyer, Oklahoma state laws dictate that the amount you will receive – or pay – depends on the percentage of blame that the police and insurance company placed on you.
Don’t waste precious time and money hoping that your insurance company will sort things out for you. Instead, contact our staff at Bryan Garrett Law for a free consultation and representation you can count on.
How a Lawyer Can Help You in a Car Accident Lawsuit
After experiencing a car accident, you need the time and space to focus on restoring your health instead of worrying about compensation and damages. Working with an attorney can help reduce the mental and emotional burden that follows a wreck in three critical ways, including:
1. Minimizing Your Percentage of Fault
In Oklahoma, you may only receive compensation for damages if you were less than 50% at fault for the wreck. However, if you try to argue your case alone, you may miss out on thousands of dollars or end up paying for the other driver’s damages.
A knowledgeable attorney can help build a case that proves the other driver was at fault, minimizing the percentage of blame the court assigns to you. Further, your attorney can take a stand against the other driver’s insurance company.
2. Helping You Receive Fair Compensation
Most likely, you will receive bills that detail the direct costs of your accident. From itemized medical bills to invoices from your auto repair shop, you can easily add up the immediate financial losses.
That said, your initial costs likely don’t represent the true extent of the damage. Your attorney can work with you to determine the actual value of your losses. Based on their analysis, you may then receive compensation for losses such as:
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental duress
- Physical therapy
- Future medical treatments
- Lost or reduced paychecks
- Reduced earning ability
3. Proving the Other Driver’s Negligence
Finally, your attorney may refer to the elements of negligence to further reduce your percentage of the blame. The elements include:
- Duty of care: The at-fault party owed you and other drivers a duty of care.
- Breach of duty of care: The other driver breached the duty of care.
- Causation: The at-fault party’s violation caused your losses and injuries.
- Damages: You suffered injuries, property damage, and financial losses that compensation may help recover.
If your attorney can successfully argue that you endured an avoidable accident due to a violation of duty of care, you may walk away with significantly less blame. Further, you may receive the financial awards you need to rebuild your life.
Trust Our Team at Bryan Garrett Law with the Legal Process
In a split second, an accident can change your life forever. Unfortunately, the legal proceedings that follow can add an even greater mental and emotional burden as you work to rebuild your life.
When you partner with Bryan Garrett Law, you can trust that you have an experienced team of Oklahoma car accident lawyers on your side. We will work with you to help you achieve a just outcome – and the compensation you need to move forward. Contact our team today for a complimentary consultation in Oklahoma City at 405-369-4498.