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Many Oklahoma residents enjoy riding motorcycles for basic transportation and to enjoy the thrill of the open road. For them, a two-wheeled vehicle provides a sense of freedom. Riding a motorcycle, however, is far more perilous than driving a car. Riders have to be careful when navigating traffic on roads and highways because the chances of a serious injury or of being killed are just a vehicle collision away.

Recently, in Le Flore County, about 145 miles southeast of Edmond, a motorcycle accident seriously injured one rider when he was struck by a motor vehicle. According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the 56-year-old man was riding his 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on U.S. Highway 270 when the 54-year-old driver of a 2002 Jeep ran a stop sign and hit his motorcycle. The motorcyclist sustained severe leg and head injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. OHP investigators say the rider was not wearing a helmet. The Jeep driver was unharmed in the collision.

After any motorcycle accident, all parties involved will be questioned by law enforcement officers to determine how the accident happened and what factors might have contributed to the crash. Each party’s contribution to the crash is measured to determine relative liability. If an investigation shows that the accident was primarily caused by one party, then he or she can be held liable for the victim’s medical expenses, lost wages and other losses.

Because riders often sustain severe injuries in collisions, it is important to calculate past, present and future medical expenses resulting from the accident. By doing so, the injured party will be able to seek and obtain the right amount of compensation. With legal assistance and representation, plaintiffs have a better chance of obtaining the maximum compensation possible from their lawsuits.

Source: Times Record, “Motorcycle collision leaves Poteau man critical,” Aug. 27, 2014