Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) November 07, 2011
The Oklahoma auto accident lawyers at the law firm of Atkins & Markoff hereby alert the public of a new state law that took effect as of November 1, 2011. This new law, which moved through the state legislature when it was known as Senate Bill 272, was signed by Governor Mary Fallin in May of 2011. Specifically, this law limits the types of damages that can be awarded to uninsured and some under-insured motorists who would otherwise be eligible for them in Oklahoma personal injury lawsuits that result from Oklahoma car accidents. The new law can be found in the Oklahoma Statutes at Title 47, Section 7-116.
The law allows for motorists who do not have auto insurance and who are involved in Oklahoma car accidents but who are not at fault for a crash to recover damages that compensate them for their medical costs, their lost income and their property damages. However, motorists who do not have coverage or who do not have sufficient coverage as deemed by the state will not be able to recover what’s known as ‘non-economic’ damages such as those personal injury damages that are awarded for pain and suffering.
The minimum amounts of coverage required in Oklahoma include coverage of up to $25,000 for bodily injury to one person and up to $50,000 per accident. Motorists are also required to carry coverage of up to $25,000 in property damage. Anyone who does not carry these amounts of coverage will be deemed as under-insured and thereby ineligible for non-economic damages that would otherwise be awarded by a favorable verdict in an Oklahoma personal injury lawsuit that results from a crash.
About Atkins & Markoff
Atkins & Markoff, whose Web site is located at http://www.oklalawyer.com, is a law firm comprised of Oklahoma personal injury and trial lawyers who have been representing consumers and defending their legal rights for nearly 15 years. The firm handles legal matters that include Oklahoma auto accidents, class action lawsuits, child injuries, defective products, medical malpractice, general personal injury and workers’ compensation among other legal matters.