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Tips that stem from holiday travel accidents

As we enter into our summer season and put a close on one 3-day weekend appreciating those who laid down their lives for our freedom, we should take pause and appreciate what that means and how we should respect the life we have.

With gas prices dropping lower than they have been in a decade, more people are taking to the roads, enjoying vacations and weekend trips. Memorial Day is a time to remember the fallen and it is a commencement into the season in which traffic fatalities abound. While numbers are still not out for 2016, the National Safety Council just reported that an estimated 439 Americans will have lost their lives on the road over the Memorial Day weekend. If that is close to accurate that is the highest number of deaths since 2009 and when compared to 2014, is an increase of approximately 100.

Could construction contribute to a motorcyclist's death?

When you drive a car, you understand the risks you face. There's the threat of the behemoth semi-truck sharing the road, and even your lane, from time to time; the threat of texting, talking or otherwise negligent drivers in passenger cars next to you. But one thing you may never factor in as a threat is the motorcycle driver, weaving in and out of traffic, carefully and attentively anticipating the moves of the drivers around him, ever mindful that he may not be seen and accidentally overcome by a quick lane change or sudden braking.

Could 2018 bring stronger drinks and more drunk driving?

Oklahoma is not unlike other states in its punishment of drunk driving. What does actually set Oklahoma apart from the majority of the US is the ban on full-strength beers and wines in Oklahoma's convenience and grocery stores. Currently, no beer higher than 3.2 percent alcohol content can be sold on the shelves of such stores and sale is reserved for liquor stores and other highly regulated stores that open Monday through Saturday.

Negligent driver accountability in auto-pedestrian accidents

The chance of serious injuries or death in any accident involving a motor vehicle is high. When that accident involves a pedestrian, the chances increase dramatically. In the United States, pedestrian deaths caused by automobiles are on the rise. This is mostly attributed to the increase in the number of Americans who are walking as a means of transportation and exercise. Due to this rise in pedestrian accidents, state legislatures are toughening the laws regarding motorists yielding and stopping for pedestrians in hopes of decreasing the number of auto-pedestrian accident incidents.

When is a jackknifed truck accident a matter of negligence?

We have all likely heard about jackknifed semi-truck accidents. These not-so-common commercial truck accidents typically occur when a semi-truck drives on slippery pavement and cannot be controlled because the wheels have locked. This causes the truck to continue momentum forward and the trailer attached to it swings to one side. These jackknife accidents are a great danger to other drivers and have the potential to cause catastrophic loss. But they are not always a matter of negligence. Understanding conditions that may cause a semi-truck to jackknife can help injured individuals better understand if they have the right to recover damages.

Get the attention you deserve after your motorcycle crash

As a motorcyclist, you are especially vulnerable to catastrophic physical injury in the event of an accident. Even the most minor motorcycle accidents can result in significant loss and can take an incredible amount of time to recover from. A lengthy and exhaustive battle to recover can be frustrating and financially devastating. It is important for individuals injured in a motorcycle crash to retain quality representation with an attorney that will fight for their rights and for the fair compensation they deserve.

New law to make drunk drivers face full consequences

Generally speaking, repeat DUI offenders face more serious charges as their behavior continues. This is done in hopes that the threat of a felony criminal record and jail time will deter individuals from continuing to break the law. However, if the threat of more serious consequences is not upheld, what is to stop an individual from continuing their unlawful behavior? It is this exact question that may have led Oklahoma officials to question the record-keeping of many of the state's municipalities.

Amnesia issues during personal injury litigation

When an individual suffers a catastrophic brain injury as the result of an auto accident caused by someone else, they or their families may want to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Cases of this nature can be extremely complex and quite lengthy, and may require the injured individual to testify in court. For the victim, this process can be extremely frustrating. However, if they suffer from injury related amnesia, the entire case can be challenging.

Victims of DUI get financial help from program

For those injured in an automobile accident, the recovery process can be long and expensive. Not only is the physical toll the injuries take incredible, but the financial impact catastrophic injuries can inflict on families is also extraordinary. Many times, the financial struggle is almost as bad as the physical one, and can affect a family's financial well-being for years to come. Fortunately, the victims of drunk drivers in Oklahoma may be eligible to receive additional financial aid through a compensation program.

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