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What can parents do to help prevent teen drowsy driving?

There are many different things that could make a driver a significant safety risk to those around them. One is if the driver is drowsy. Fatigued driving is behind quite a few motor vehicle accidents. One thing it can be important for Oklahomans who have suffered injuries because a motorist took to the wheel while drowsy to be aware of is that the state's civil legal system may provide them with options for seeking compensation for the impacts of their injuries.  

Drowsy driving can be a major traffic safety danger when any type of driver engages in it. This includes teen drivers. Thus, one would hope that drowsy driving would be among the unsafe driving habits that parents would put a great deal of effort towards getting their teens to avoid. 

Truck driver cellphone use in Oklahoma

Driving a big rig in a safe manner can be a challenging thing, given how big these vehicles are and some of their other unique characteristics. Thus, it is very important for truck drivers, when behind the wheel of a big rig, to direct all of their focus and attention towards driving safely and responsibly. When a truck driver allows their attention to be drawn away from this by a distraction, it could result in a motor vehicle collision occurring.

One of the things that can pose a big distraction to a big rig driver is a cellphone. Thus, one would hope that big rig drivers here in Oklahoma would stay away from using a cellphone when behind the wheel.

Does police reporting of bicycle accidents need to be improved?

Generally, after a traffic accident occurs, police will make a report on the accident. Collisions between bicycles and automobiles are no exception to this. However, there are currently some limitations that are present when it comes to police reports on bicycle accidents. One of these limitations is that there, generally, aren't a lot of reporting codes related to bicycles in the current, handwritten, police reporting systems in the various states. 

Recently, a group of researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has made a request to all states to make updates to their police practices when it comes to reporting on bicycle-involved traffic accidents to address these limitations. Among the police reporting updates that the researchers are asking for are switching from handwriting reports to creating reports electronically through electronic tablets and increasing the number of bicycle-related codes available for use in reports. 

Helping Oklahoma motorists injured in rear-end crashes

You are driving along just like you normally do and, suddenly, - "Bam!" - a vehicle slams into the back of your car because that vehicle's driver wasn't being as careful as he or she should have been.

This is an alarming thing for anyone to go through. Sadly though, it is an experience that many individuals in Oklahoma have had. Rear-end accidents are one of the more common types of traffic crashes. 

Keeping kids safe when they are leaving school

One would hope that the time period in which a child is leaving school would be a safe one for the child. Unfortunately, there are some dangers that can arise during this period for a child. One is the risk of getting hit by a car. A recent study indicates that the time following school dismissal is a common one for car versus pedestrian accidents involving child pedestrians. 

The study looked at 100 incidents in which a child was hit by a motor vehicle in 2012 in one U.S. city: Philadelphia. The study looked at what time of day the accidents occurred. Two of the most common times of day for the accidents were the evening and the time after school dismissal.

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.

CDC explains how drivers can avoid car accidents and injuries


With so many cars on the streets and highways of Oklahoma, collisions between vehicles are common. Even though drivers and passengers may be inside metal frames and have built-in protections, such as seatbelts and airbags, they can still suffer from injuries during collisions. The predominant question then becomes, how can drivers protect themselves from crashes? The answer is to learn to rely on their skills, training and experience. In part, this means preparing for the worst scenarios. Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the best ways for drivers to avoid car accidents and the most serious injuries.

Comprehensive licensing programs are first. A 2007 study by the American Automobile Association found that such training reduced fatalities by 38 percent among 16-year-old drivers. The second way to reduce accidents is for drivers to avoid drinking alcohol before driving. In 2011, 6,800 lives could have been saved if drivers had not driven after consuming alcohol.

Fatal car crash remains under investigation


Oklahoma residents know that one of the leading causes of deaths in this country is motor vehicle crashes. Some fatal motor vehicle accidents result from poor road conditions, weather conditions and other uncontrollable factors. Negligence of another person is also a common contributing factor in fatal accidents. When a fatal accident is caused by another person, the responsible party could be held liable for the wrongful death of the victim.

In Duncan, Oklahoma, a 46-year-old man died after he was struck by a pickup truck last month. Based on one report, the man was crossing State Highway 81 when the fatal accident happened. The driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene of the crash. Police are waiting for the toxicology report, which may still take weeks. The fatal accident remains under investigation.

How can truck drivers prevent truck accidents?


"Big rigs," such as 18-wheelers and delivery trucks, often travel on major highways in Oklahoma at all hours. These vehicles are large and capable of hauling anything from perishable goods to hazardous chemicals, such as gas. When these trucks collide with other motor vehicles, the results are often far worse than common car accidents. Aside from damage to property and injuries to any people involved, truck accidents can cause secondary injuries when the substance or goods being hauled by the truck spill on the road.

Due to the devastating effects of trucking accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has implemented the Hours of Service regulations, which it hopes will curb catastrophic truck accidents. Drivers of commercial motor vehicles must comply with these HOS regulations, which provide two hours of operations limits for truck drivers. The first is an 11-hour daily driving limit and the other is a 14-hour workday limit. In totally, truck drivers are only allowed to drive 70 hours per week and can drive again after resting 34 consecutive hours. After eight hours of operating a truck, a driver must take a 30-minute brake.

How to avoid serious injuries in motorcycle accidents


Motorcycle accidents may occur when drivers fail to see motorcyclists on the road. When drivers fail to pay attention, the results can be catastrophic. In collisions involving motorcycles, riders are more likely to suffer severe injuries compared with occupants of passenger vehicles. Because riders are exposed to the elements and other dangers when riding their motorcycles, it is important to know some simple tips on how to avoid serious injuries in motorcycle accidents.

The first tip is to wear one of the most important pieces of protective equipment: a helmet. In most fatal motorcycle accidents the cause of death is due to head injury. Riders can often avoid a head injury by wearing a helmet. It is important to wear full-face helmets, as they protect the face and head area. Aside from wearing a helmet, riders should avoid riding while they are intoxicated. Even if they haven't consumed an ample amount of alcohol, their judgment can still be impaired and that increases their chances of a motorcycle accident.

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