With motorcycle awareness month during May, drivers were asked to be on the lookout to avoid distractions while behind the wheel and to be on the lookout for motorcyclists. Inattentive drivers can cause serious injuries or worse in motorcycle accidents. The life of an Oklahoma motorcyclist may be in jeopardy after a recent accident on Interstate 40.
A report prepared by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol indicates that the crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. on a recent Sunday. A 26-year-old woman from Mooreland was eastbound on the interstate on a motorcycle when her bike was struck from behind. The vehicle that apparently rear-ended her was operated by a 36-year-old driver from Watonga, who was traveling in the same direction.
Reportedly, the impact caused the motorcyclist to be ejected. The passenger vehicle then went over the bike. OHP said the ejected woman was airlifted to a hospital in Oklahoma City with critical injuries to her body, limbs and head. Officers reported that the vehicle driver’s condition at the time of the crash seemed normal, but it was noted that the driver was inattentive.
Victims of motorcycle accidents who are fortunate enough to survive a crash caused by another party’s negligence may pursue recovery of financial and other losses. The surviving families of those who don’t survive may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Personal injury claims may be filed in an Oklahoma civil court, and upon establishment of negligence, the court will adjudicate claims for financial damages. Documented claims may include financial losses for medical expenses and lost income, among others, and emotional damages for pain and suffering.