Every year in Oklahoma, thousands of people suffer serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, hundreds also lose their lives. Many factors can contribute to car accidents, and collisions can be classified into different types.
Common types of motor vehicle accidents
The following are the most common types of car accidents in Oklahoma:
- Rear-end collisions – These occur when a vehicle strikes the rear of the car in front of it and are typically the fault of the rear driver
- Side-swipe accidents – These accidents happen when a vehicle strikes a car in an adjacent lane and are typically the fault of the driver changing lanes
- T-bone collisions – T-bone accidents happen when one vehicle collides with the side of another car and often happen when someone turns in front of an oncoming car or runs a red light or stop sign
- Head-on collisions – These accidents involve two vehicles colliding with each other’s fronts and might occur because of driver distraction or impairment
- Single-car crashes – These are accidents involving one vehicle and are typically the fault of the driver, but they sometimes can be another driver’s fault
- Multiple-car collisions – These accidents involve three or more vehicles with each driver having varying degrees of responsibility
- Rollover crashes – These accidents occur when one vehicle rolls over following an initial impact or loss of control and can be the fault of either the driver or another party
Recovering compensation after a car crash
Before injured victims will be able to recover compensation for car accidents, they will first need to determine liability and show that the other involved party was primarily at fault. Motorists can’t recover compensation in Oklahoma car crashes if they are 50% or more at fault.
Determining fault typically requires an investigation into the accident. The investigation might involve reviewing police reports, analyzing the accident scene and damage to each involved vehicle, reviewing witness statements, and assessing medical records and other evidence. If the injured party was not at fault, they might be entitled to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver in court.