Motorcyclist hit by uninsured driver, suffers serious injury

Motorcycle accidents are traumatic and often result in a serious injury, especially for the motorcyclist. What can be more daunting than the accident itself is the long recovery time for a serious injury. Recently, a motorcycle accident victim in Oklahoma has not only been uprooted from his daily routine, but he is dealing with the stress of being hit by an uninsured driver.

Over six months ago in Oklahoma City, a woman turning into a grocery store parking lot hit a 27-year-old male motorcyclist. The woman in the vehicle was uninjured while the motorcyclist was rushed to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries. He had to go through multiple surgeries and was out of work for over six months.

It is said that one out of every four drivers in Oklahoma are uninsured, a number that puts Oklahoma ahead of other states and is a significant for those using the state's roadways. Being injured in an accident by someone who is not insured is an extraordinary burden. The woman in this accident had no driver's license or insurance, for which she spent a day in jail. After being sued by the injured motorcyclist in civil court, she was recently ordered by a judge to pay the biker $800,000.

Being in a car accident and suffering a serious injury is frightening. Even when the injuries heal, the medical bills have often piled up and the lost wages from missed work is stressful. In Oklahoma, victims of car accidents may have the right to pursue compensation from a driver deemed negligent by suing in a civil court. In accidents involving an uninsured or underinsured driver, a victim may also investigate insurance coverage under his or her own motor vehicle insurance policy. A successful claim, whether through a civil lawsuit or an insurance settlement, could result in a monetary judgment that could help with the financial burden caused by an accident resulting in serious injuries. 

Source: kfor.com, "Oklahoma City man awarded $800,000 settlement after being hit by uninsured driver", Abby Broyles, Aug. 11, 2015

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