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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.

Commercial vehicle accidents can be very complex

Drivers of commercial vehicles such as delivery trucks, buses and vans follow their employers' directions and instructions to meet the demands of their business. Although these drivers are can be safe drivers, they sometimes fail to follow state and federal traffic rules and regulations, increasing the risk of an accident. Any Oklahoman who is involved in a commercial vehicle accident may find that it triggers the involvement of one or more insurance companies.

Anyone who has been involved in a commercial vehicle accident involving a bus or delivery trucks may be entitled to seek compensation. Usually, an insurance company will offer a settlement to avoid litigation. The offer may seem to be enough to cover the victim's losses, but victims may be entitled to more. In fact, compensation from a commercial vehicle accident may be higher than compensation from more common crashes such as car accidents. The settlements offered are usually not enough to cover all losses incurred, including medical expenses. Our law firm has handled personal injury cases, and we understand the difficulty of dealing with medical bills and other expenses after an accident.

Oklahoma car accident kills election candidate

Cars crashes are often the subject of television and radio news broadcasts because they happen frequently. Oklahoma drivers are aware of their responsibility to drive safely to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of others on the road. However, some drivers continue to engage in dangerous and erratic behavior, which in turn increases the chances of causing an accident. All drivers should exercise due caution. Failure to do so can result in a car accident that often leads to catastrophic injuries and fatalities in some severe cases.

In Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, a recent car accident claimed the life of an 81-year-old man who ran for a U.S. House of Representatives seat from eastern Oklahoma. Based on a report, the deceased was crossing a local highway when a vehicle struck his car. The victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

What most commonly leads to truck accidents?

Accidents in Oklahoma involving large commercial trucks often have catastrophic results. Because these large vehicles are traveling at high speed and hauling heavy and sometimes dangerous loads, professional truck drivers must pass training courses. In fact, they are less likely than drivers of passenger vehicles to be in a collision. Yet, even the best trained drivers can sometimes find themselves in truck accidents that injure and kill.

What most commonly leads to truck accidents? Driving errors are probably the most common causes of accidents in the United States. Although most truck drivers understand the dangers and risks of driving large vehicles, sometimes they do not follow training practices and state or federal regulations. Common failures include not properly securing cargo, overloading cargo and driving while impaired or fatigued. These negligent behaviors increase the risk that a truck will be involved in a collision with another vehicle.

Car accidents cause nearly $1 trillion in U.S. losses in 2010

As most Oklahomans know, car crashes can happen anytime and anywhere. The first question in the minds of those who respond to a crash is, how devastating is this crash? Will they find no one injured or will there be many fatalities? How much physical destruction of vehicles and property will there be?

For people who sustain the most serious injuries in car accidents, medical treatment, therapy and rehabilitation usually lay ahead. If people were killed, most family members will not only wonder what happened but also be worried about the financial future, especially if their loved one was the family breadwinner.

If you are a motorcycle accident victim, you need compensation

In Oklahoma, just like anywhere else in the country, motorcyclists face more dangers than drivers of other motor vehicles, which makes them vulnerable to severe injury and death. When a motorcycle collides with other vehicles such as cars or trucks, a relatively unprotected rider is easily thrown from the motorcycle. Where car or truck occupants might sustain only minor injuries, the motorcyclist is far more likely to be seriously hurt, if not killed.

Our firm understands the challenges that injured motorcyclists face. After an accident, we thoroughly investigate the case to determine if the injured cyclist can legitimately seek compensation from any other party involved. We painstakingly follow all leads that could answer our questions. We speak to witnesses and gather evidence; if the evidence shows that the other party was responsible, then we will strive to hold him or her responsible for your injuries.

OK investigation update in fatal commercial vehicle accident

Many Oklahoma commercial vehicles are used to transport passengers and items over short and long distances. Only professional drivers or people who have undergone extensive training in operating large vehicles are legally allowed to drive vehicles, such as passenger buses and trucks. Overall, commercial vehicle drivers are less likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents than drivers of most motor vehicles. Unfortunately, when they are involved in collisions, the results are often catastrophic.

This was the case in a recent accident involving a Quickway Transportation truck and a bus carrying members of the North Central Texas College women's softball team. Four players died when a truck traveling northbound on Interstate 35, near Davis apparently drifted across a median strip without braking and hit the southbound bus. The 9:00 p.m. accident also injured more than a dozen other people on the bus, including the coach who was driving. Two players remain in serious condition.

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