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How can inexperienced young drivers avoid car accidents?

With the average car weighing as much as two tons, destruction and death are too often the results of accidents that happen when cars travel at high speeds. These are the accidents that Oklahomans see too frequently on major highways around the state. They often come from simple miscalculations and misjudgments on the part of younger drivers but end with injuries, fatalities and lives that are altered forever.

So, is there a way to prevent these accidents? Yes. Every driver is required to know the basic rules of the road, including what state laws require whenever someone is behind the wheel. But experience counts for a lot, and those drivers who have only recently gotten their licenses cannot be expected to automatically be wise to dangers on the road. For this reason, they should know the answers to the following questions about the causes of car accidents.

Securing compensation for Oklahoma's truck accident victims

Whether in Oklahoma or another state, accidents involving large commercial trucks are generally much worse than accidents involving smaller motor vehicles. Big rigs such as 18 wheelers, delivery trucks and tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 40 times more than the average car and carry loads that increase the potential to harm people during an accident.

Dealing with truck accident injuries is rarely easy. At Nix Law Group, PLLC, we focus on providing sound legal representation to people who have sustained catastrophic injuries in truck accidents. Very often in the wake of an accident, these individuals are left to try and settle their cases by negotiating with truck companies or their insurers for fair and just compensation; in many cases, they are turned down or offered only minimal compensation that cannot cover their medical expenses or lost income. When truck accident victims come to our office, we let them know they are entitled to compensation if the accident was a result of a truck driver's negligence, mechanical error or other type of negligence on the part of the trucking company. We have helped many individuals recover compensation by proving in court that a truck driver's reckless actions or violation of traffic rules resulted in a crash that injured our client.

National and Oklahoma 2012 fatal accident statistics

Motor vehicles accidents are a common cause of injury and death across the United States, including in Oklahoma. Every year, the National National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiles and collates traffic data from across the country. NHTSA then examines it for patterns and trends that can help federal and state regulators derive laws and policies that can minimize the impact of vehicle crashes on people's lives.

Of particular interest to federal and state traffic experts are the data for the numbers of crashes and related injuries and fatalities. The most recent year available for compiled data is 2012, and the numbers reveal not only the national traffic picture, but also Oklahoma's numbers and how they compare to national figures.

Rider sustains catastrophic injuries in Oklahoma motorcycle crash

Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries. In Oklahoma City, there have been many motorcycle accidents in which riders suffered from catastrophic injuries. When a car, for example, strikes a motorcycle, the rider or passenger can easily be thrown from the bike. Without proper protection, the rider may sustain road rash, broken bones and head injury. These injuries require time to heal and some leave permanent damage. An accident might leave a person disabled, unable to live a normal life again, or even result in a fatality.

In Ponca City, Oklahoma, a recent motorcycle accident sent two people to two different hospitals. Based on a report, a 25-year-old woman was riding a motorcycle with a 6-year-old male passenger when the collision occurred. The motorcyclist was about turn left into a driveway when a pickup truck struck her. A 21-year-old man was driving the pickup. The motorcyclist sustained severe leg and head injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where she later died. Her passenger, the 6-year-old, sustained whole body injuries and was also taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition. The driver of the truck and his one passenger were uninjured in the collision. Authorities continue to investigate the mishap.

How to prevent Oklahoma commercial vehicle accidents

Commercial vehicles can be seen anywhere -- from taxis and delivery vans on busy streets to large trucks on Oklahoma's highways and interstates. Whether ferrying passengers across town or delivering finished goods to stores in faraway cities, these vehicles have the potential to wreak considerable property damage and injure or kill motorists. When a delivery truck, for example, collides with passenger vehicles, the occupants in the smaller vehicles are at increased risk of serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

So how can commercial vehicle accidents be prevented? Any owner of a commercial vehicle, such as a delivery truck, should understand that simply employing a competent driver is not enough to prevent an accident. The vehicle itself should be in good condition before it hits the road.

Oklahoma car accident victims deserve fair compensation

Oklahoma car accidents can occur anytime, anywhere and are often associated with serious injuries and fatalities. Oklahomans must understand that drivers can be held responsible if they cause an accident that results in catastrophic injuries and property damage. Car accident victims, on the other hand, have the right to seek damages from a responsible party. However, it is important to understand that not all injured parties are entitled to damages. Courts will first determine who the negligent party is before they decide to whom the award will be given.

Our law firm, Nix Law Group, P.L.L.C., understands how difficult it can be to receive compensation after a car accident. In many cases, injured parties recover less than they deserve. After a car crash, insurance companies will investigate the scene of the crash. These companies collate necessary information that will determine the amount of compensation. While some insurance companies perform a thorough investigation, others overlook or ignore details of the crash, resulting in less compensation for the injured parties or even a refusal to pay damages. We have experience with such cases, and help victims seek compensation based on their injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and other costs related to the car crash. Our team of legal professionals performs an independent investigation to collect evidence for the case.

Potential defendants in a truck accident claim

Trucks are capable of hauling heavy freight, which is why they are often used by many industries for transporting goods like hazardous chemicals. Unlike other types of motor vehicles, trucks are more difficult to operate and only professional truck drivers are allowed to drive them. These truck drivers must adhere to federal trucking regulations to ensure safety.

Sadly, not all of them follow the rules and regulations. When a truck collides with another truck or another vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. Aside from the initial damage upon impact, trucks can cause secondary damage, depending on the contents of the freight.

OKC man faces manslaughter charge for recent train accident

The loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident that is caused by someone acting recklessly can be difficult for family members to accept. Fatal accidents involving drinking and driving are too common, but one recent Oklahoma City accident is particularly heartbreaking because it occurred just two days before Christmas.

According to Oklahoma City police, the fatal accident occurred north of the Will Rogers World Airport just after midnight when the 28-year-old driver of a car on the way to the airport with a passenger attempted to cross train tracks but struck an oncoming train near Newcastle and Meridian roads. The passenger, a 34-year-old woman, was declared dead at the scene. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital with undisclosed injuries. He has since been arrested and charged with driving under the influence and manslaughter. Authorities were initially trying to determine whether the driver was trying to beat the train to the crossing or whether warning signals were not working before the crash.

How can motorcyclists avoid some common types of accidents?

Motorcyclists face unique challenges whenever they are on the road. Although riders have the same rights as other drivers, some drivers fail to notice when they are driving next to motorcycles. A driver who fails to recognize a motorcycle can make a decision that puts a rider's life in danger. Unfortunately, when a motor vehicle collides with a motorcycle, riders are often severely injured or killed.

What are three of the most common types of motorcycle accidents? Those that occur when a motor vehicle turns left in front of a motorcyclist, hits a motorcyclist from behind or suddenly moves into the motorcyclist's lane.

Standing with Oklahoma commercial vehicle accident victims

Throughout Oklahoma, commercial vehicles, such as taxis and buses, are used to transport people both short and long distances. Every passenger on a commercial vehicle is vulnerable to the behaviors and abilities of the vehicle's driver. Although commercial vehicle operators often drive more defensively than operators of passenger vehicles, such as cars, some still drive recklessly and potentially endanger the lives of their passengers. Although commercial vehicle accidents are far less frequent than car accidents, they can be more catastrophic and can injure or kill many people because of their size and weight.

Our law firm has seen too many cases of commercial vehicle accidents from truck accidents to bus crashes. These types of accidents can mean more liabilities than car accidents, where a single party is likely to be held responsible for any injuries or deaths. In commercial vehicle accidents, not only the driver who caused the crash - a truck driver or a bus driver, for example - but also the operator of the bus or the trucking company and the mechanics who installed parts on those vehicles or performed maintenance or repairs can all be held liable. For this reason, our team of attorneys will thoroughly investigate a crash to determine if insurance companies overlooked any contributing factors. Unfortunately, these companies sometimes fail to acknowledge factors that could increase compensation paid to victims and their families.

About NIX Law Group

Nix Law Group, PLLC
2529 South Kelly Avenue
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Edmond, OK 73013
Phone: 405-509-8043
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