Oklahoma Motorcycle Laws
Motorcycles must follow the rules of the road just like cars, but there are additional laws they must obey as well. Make sure you’re in compliance with the below laws to eliminate potential complications with your case.
- Lane Splitting: Lane splitting (riding in between two lanes of traffic) is illegal in Oklahoma.
- Helmet laws: If you’re over the age of 18, you can decide whether or not you wear a helmet. If you choose not to, you must wear some kind of eye protection like goggles, and your motorcycle must have a windscreen.
- Passengers: Passengers are allowed for riders over the age of 16, on motorbikes with two seats and two sets of footrests, and with wheels with a 12 inch or larger diameter.
- Liability Coverage: Every driver must carry the following in liability insurance:
$25,000 for death or injury to a single person
$50,000 for death or injury to multiple people
$25,000 to cover property damage
Oklahoma is an at-fault state, which means the driver who caused the accident is responsible for paying all medical costs or property damage. There are, however, circumstances when a jury determines the fault should be shared between the drivers. This is referred to as modified comparative negligence. When this happens, the settlement amount owed to you will be amended to reflect your portion of the liability. For example, if the settlement paid out $100,000 but you were responsible for 25%, you’d only receive $75,000. If your proportion of the fault exceeds that of the other driver, you won’t be able to receive any settlement.
Filing a Claim for a Loved One
Under Oklahoma law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim against the other driver. A family member can also file a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim on your behalf if the accident left you incapacitated or resulted in death. If this is the case, they have two years from the date of death to file suit. Regardless of who files, you will need to prove negligence of the other party in a court of law.