Oklahoma Highway Defect Attorneys
Because of high speeds and close proximities, highway driving is more dangerous than inner-city driving. In order to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a highway accident, drivers must remain alert and attentive at all times. Even the slightest error can result in serious injury or even death. In some cases, a driver cannot avoid an accident due to a highway defect. In cases where the roadways are unsafe and ill-fitted for driving, the institutions responsible for highway maintenance should be held accountable.
If you have been the victim of an accident caused by a highway defect, you may be up against serious injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and permanent impairment. You deserve an attorney that will fight for you. The personal injury attorneys at Abel Law Firm are committed to providing effective legal representation when institutional negligence or oversight leaves you reeling.
Our experienced attorneys take your rights seriously. When you or a loved one suffer injuries because of someone else’s actions, we fully believe that you should not be left holding the bill, and we fight to make sure that you don’t. To learn more about how to pursue legal action, contact the Oklahoma highway defect attorneys at the Abel Law Firm today. Call (405) 239-7046 today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your rights and entitlements.
Do I Need a Highway Defect Lawyer?
No matter how apparent the cause of your injury may seem, winning a highway defect case is an uphill battle. For this reason, if you are serious about recovering compensation for your accident-related expenses, reach out to a skilled lawyer. The defendant in a highway defect cases is typically the governmental body, such as the city, county, or state, responsible for roadway upkeep. These defendants typically have aggressive lawyers on their side which make fighting your claim even more complicated.
A highway defect lawyer will fight on your behalf by ruling out other potential causes, evaluating your vehicle, obtaining important documentation, and bringing in experts to support the truth of your claim. When applicable, an accident reconstruction expert and a traffic engineer may be brought in to prove how the highway defect causes your accident. When your physical and financial wellbeing has been compromised by a highway defect, it is your attorney’s priority to make sure that your interests are represented.
Following accident reconstruction, your lawyer will manage any additional discovery processes, witness interviews, and depositions. Any related police reports, bystander statements, and photographic evidence about the compromised condition of the road are crucial in supporting your case. Thoroughly collecting information strengthens your case because it proves that the city, county, state, or municipality either knew an issue existed or should have known that a defect needed to be corrected. Your case is about you, but a negligent governmental body can potentially impact anyone driving on the same roads. Finding an attorney with the experience and skill to fight and win tough cases ultimately serves the best interest of the whole community.
Why Hire Abel Law Firm to Handle My Case?
Unfortunately, car accidents are incredibly costly for innocent victims. The attorneys at Abel Law Firm fight to make sure that you recover compensation for the cost you have incurred after a highway defect accident. When you are looking for effective legal representation in Oklahoma, you need to hire the best team as soon as possible.
Our lawyers have over 130 years of combined experience advocating for injury victims. In that time, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. While we are serious about results, our main focus is your well-being. If you are injured in an accident you will be challenged with a variety of stressors in the form of hospital bills, insurance communications, and lost wages. While adding a lawyer into the mix may seem like just another stressor, the truth is that a seasoned lawyer from Abel Law Firm can provide you with much-needed relief and guidance.
Though this may be your first time being involved in a serious accident, our lawyers have been through the legal process surrounding highway defects time and time again. We are ready to put our decades of experience to work for you to make sure that you have access to the resources that you need. In the immediate aftermath of an auto accident, moving forward may seem like a tall order. Our attorneys are here to offer support every step of the way. We have numerous awards to our name, including a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo and being listed among the Best Law Firms by U.S. News.
Safe roadways are a public safety issue. The public should be able to safely assume that regular highway maintenance and expedient repairs are conducted. Highway defects can occur from faulty design and engineering, failure to take prompt action to repair known issues, or outright negligence. If you have been involved in an accident caused by any of the following highway defects, the Abel Law Firm can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
- Shoulder drop-off
- Water pooling
- Uneven pavement
- Lack of signs
- Lack of guardrails
- Objects on roadway
- Construction negligence
- Municipal negligence
These conditions are unsafe and should be prevented from occurring. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hazardous roadway or highway defect, you need an experienced defense attorney to help you retrieve the compensation you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re considering hiring a lawyer, we know you have plenty of questions about the process. We’ve compiled some frequently asked questions to help address some of your concerns. Read over them and then reach out to us at (405) 239-7046 for a free case evaluation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Oklahoma Statute Title 12 § 95 gives injury victims up to two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. However, when you are suing a government body, as you likely will be in a case involving a highway defect, the time limit is shorter. Before you can file a lawsuit, you must file a Notice of Tort Claim with the agency responsible. This must be done within one year of the accident. After filing the Notice, you must wait 90 days, or until the government denies your claim, before you can file a lawsuit. After 90 days has passed or your Notice has been denied, you have only six months to file your lawsuit. This is a somewhat complex and confusing system, so to make sure you don’t miss any deadlines, be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
How Expensive is an Injury Lawyer?
The attorneys at Abel Law Firm work on a contingency basis, which means that until we recover compensation on your behalf, you do not pay us. We cover all the upfront costs of your case ourselves, and then take only a portion of your final settlement or verdict as our fees. In the unlikely event that we are unable to recover any compensation, you will never owe us a dime. We firmly believe that everyone should be able to hire an experienced attorney no matter their financial situation, which is why we are proud to adhere to this contingency model.
How Long Will My Case Take?
Each injury claim has unique factors that can either help or hurt the expedient progression of the case. With an attorney advocating for your rights, you are far more likely to quickly reach a favorable outcome.
The attorneys that you hire will have a profound impact on the outcome of your case. If you have been involved in a highway defect accident in Oklahoma, call a lawyer at Abel Law Firm. No one can truly prepare you for being the victim of a serious accident, but our highly-skilled attorneys can guide you and offer you both legal and practical support.
No one should be left holding the bill when they are not responsible for their injuries. Our lawyers fight to make sure that the party responsible for endangering your life is held accountable. For more information about how to pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and wrongful death, contact the Oklahoma highway defect attorneys at the Abel Law Firm today. Call (405) 239-7046 today to speak with an attorney about your case.