If you are involved in any car accidents in Oklahoma, the at-fault driver is accountable for the damages. This is why all drivers are required by law to have liability insurance on their vehicles. It’s also why it’s critical to pinpoint the source of the problem as soon as feasible. We have decades of expertise assisting injured Oklahoma residents to receive compensation following vehicle accidents at The Law Office of Dakota C. Low, and we can begin investigating your accident right away.
Inattentive drivers can cause a collision in a variety of ways. Even so, there are a few causes of car accidents in Oklahoma that we encounter more frequently than others. These are some of the reasons:
- Driving while distracted. While texting and driving is against the law, it is a common occurrence in Oklahoma. Distractions aren’t limited to cell phones. Passengers, eating, controlling radio knobs, and even fiddling with their GPS can all distract people.
- Driving too fast and too aggressively. It can be a strong indicator of neglect when a driver drives at a high rate of speed and in ways that are unsafe for the road or traffic conditions.
- Driving when inebriated (and drug-impaired driving). Alcohol continues to be a major factor in highway fatalities and injuries. We’re seeing more and more people driving while under the influence of illegal and pharmaceutical substances.
- Driving while tired. It is incredibly risky to fall asleep behind the wheel. It suggests that the driver did not operate the vehicle with usual care and good judgment. Serious transport accidents are frequently caused by driver weariness.
- Driving inexperience. Inexperienced drivers are prone to taking risks, such as texting while driving or failing to realize their own limitations. This lack of experience can result in avoidable mishaps.
- Defects in the mechanical system. Not all traffic accidents are caused by inattentive drivers. Crashes can occur when a vehicle is poorly manufactured or maintained. Brake failure, tire blowouts, defective power steering, and a lack of working lights and signals are all common examples. A manufacturer may have manufactured a car with a flaw that makes it more prone to rollovers in some instances. A car’s airbag may potentially fail to deploy properly, resulting in significant injury.
- Improper road conditions. Streets and highways may be designed or maintained improperly by local, state, and federal agencies. If their negligence causes a crash, they must be held liable.
- Tailgating. People that drive too closely behind other cars don’t give themselves adequate time to come to a complete halt. Rear-end collisions are frequently caused by tailgating.
In Oklahoma, this is how The Law Office of Dakota C. Low investigates the cases of car accidents in Oklahoma.
When you contact The Law Office of Dakota C. Low, our team will jump into action and begin gathering crucial facts in order to prepare your case. During the course of our fast-response inquiry, we may gather evidence such as:
- Photographs taken at the scene of the collision. Our firm will have investigators check and document the incident, and an attorney may even go to the crash site to learn more about what happened.
- Interviews with witnesses. We don’t depend merely on a selective inquiry of the facts conducted by an insurance company. We frequently interview witnesses in order to obtain firsthand reports of what occurred.
- Inspections of vehicles. If a fault or defect is suspected, we may consult with engineering specialists to check and evaluate the damage to see if a manufacturing problem is to blame.
- Data from a black box Many newer vehicles are equipped with electronic data recorders, which are also known as “black boxes.” These devices record crucial evidence about the moments leading up to a crash event, including the driver’s speed and braking.
- Records from cell phones. In a case involving a likely texting accident, it may be necessary to use subpoenas to obtain cell phone logs and other records in order to demonstrate that the other driver was on the phone at the time of the crash.
- The findings of chemical testing. If the other driver was arrested for DUI or DWI, we may need to obtain breathalyzer and blood test results as well as 911 recordings. We may even get body and dash cam videos from the police, showing the intoxicated driver’s condition during a traffic stop and field sobriety test.
- Surveillance camera footage. It’s unusual to capture good video footage of car accidents in Oklahoma. Still, sometimes, private businesses or even traffic cameras pick up bits and pieces that can be useful when it comes to proving who was at fault for an accident.
- Drone photography of the accident scene.
- AI enhanced digital accident recreation to create visuals for the judge and and jury.
Ultimately, the more evidence we unearth during our investigation, the easier it will be for us to determine why an accident happened and who should be held responsible for it. Our goal is to gain leverage in our favor and demonstrate to the insurance company that if it refuses to make a significant settlement offer, we will be ready to take a powerful case to trial.
By doing this, we are often able to obtain significantly better settlements for our clients than they would receive if they tried to handle their auto accident claim on their own. Rest assured, for car accidents in Oklahoma, we are always ready to go to trial and our trial preparation sometimes wins victories before we get to the courthouse.
If you or a family member or friend have been injured in any car accidents in Oklahoma in the past 2 years and you do not already have an attorney, Contact Dakota Low today for a free case review and consultation at 405.601.8899 or use our contact form.