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Oklahoma truck accident kills woman and 2 children

All fatal truck accidents are tragic, but when they take the lives of young children, people respond in a particularly emotional way. Right now, a town in Oklahoma is mourning the loss of two young children as well as a woman. The truck accident occurred on I-35 near Purcell on Monday, July 17.

According to one report, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) is still investigating the cause of the fatal truck accident. However, it is worth noting that at least one other news source reported that the semi-truck was stopped on the highway when the accident occurred.

Dram shop liability for Oklahoma drunk driving accidents

Victims of drunk driving accidents face a myriad of emotional issues in addition to any physical injuries suffered. It is difficult to say just which emotional traumas are the most common because every person is unique and will respond to trauma in an individualized way.

What we have learned about trauma in our years of providing legal services is that it often takes an act of closure for victims to move forward. Victims often need to find out who is responsible for their pain and their suffering. Identifying and assigning responsibility in an official manner often opens the doorway to full emotional and mental recovery.

3 ways to avoid medication errors

A medication error might sound like a minor problem, but mistakes can cause serious injuries. If your health care provider makes a mistake when prescribing, dispensing or administering drugs, you could face significant health problems. While the core responsibility of avoiding these errors lies with your doctor or pharmacist, you can take some steps to reduce the chances too.

By taking an active role in your health care, you can avoid being the victim of a medication error. Here are some tips to reduce your risk of medication errors.

Beware of unexpected emotional trauma after a car accident

First, let's get the obvious statements said and done. Car accidents can lead to serious physical injuries. These can range from multiple fractures to spinal cord injury and brain damage. Recovering from these car accident injuries is difficult to say the very least. Now, imagine fighting to recover from severe physical injuries and serious emotional trauma at the same time.

As you might expect, emotional difficulties can complicate physical injuries, making the road to recovery even longer. Why do emotional challenges like anxiety, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arise after a car accident?

Man driving lawn mower while drunk causes truck accident

Car and truck accidents can happen in a variety of situations. A recent collision in Atoka, Oklahoma, shines a spotlight on one kind of uncommon situation that could lead to accidents.

News reports indicate that a 61-year-old Atoka man was spotted just off Highway 7 riding his lawn mower against the flow of traffic. A PSO (Public Service Company of Oklahoma) bucket truck nearly struck the lawn mower, but its operator managed to avoid the man. Just after, an Atoka County worker operating a gravel truck was unable to slow down in enough time to swerve around the mower properly. This inability to slow in time caused the gravel truck to crash into the bucket truck, pushing both vehicles into a ditch.

Don't let a car accident ruin your Independence Day fun

Those of us who live in Oklahoma look forward to Independence Day all year long. It is a time for family and friends to come together in the spirit of celebrating our freedom and independence. Few things can ruin this beloved holiday, but of the things that can, a car accident is by far the worst.

According to BACtrack, July 4 is the deadliest day of the year. This statistic comes from Ithe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) from car accident data between 2005 and 2009. The IIHS found that an average of 144 car accident fatalities occurred on Independence Day in the years studied. Sadly, 10 percent of these fatalities were teenagers.

Whom can you sue in a trucking accident?

Pinpointing the responsible party in a motor vehicle accident is often easy. One driver may clearly be at fault, or there may have been additional factors, such as poor road conditions, that contributed to the collision.

With trucking accidents, unique factors can make it harder to determine where the fault lies. However, the broader liability makes it easier to sue as many parties as are responsible.

How can walkers in Oklahoma avoid pedestrian accidents?

Being proactive about your personal safety is always a great idea. Even though personal injury lawyers exist to help you in your goal to recover financially, physically and emotionally from a pedestrian accident, it is best to avoid suffering injuries altogether.

Other that the obvious goal of watching out for reckless drivers, there are a few ways to increase your safety while walking, running or biking along Oklahoma roadways. Below, you will find some tips to avoid pedestrian accidents.

Are older drivers really a menace on the roads?

There are many ways to interpret statistics. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 16 senior citizens died in car crashes every day in 2014 and that 648 became hurt daily. In fact, drivers 85 and older are most likely to get involved in a fatality, with the risk increasing noticeably when they turn 70.

Some people look at these numbers and their personal experience and conclude that many older drivers are unfit to be on roads. Their aging has rendered them unable to drive safely. This is true in some cases. However, much of the increased risk may come from the fact that older people’s bodies are frailer. When a crash does occur, factors such as weaker bones or medical complications make it likelier that an older person will suffer an injury or die.

Driver of stolen utility vehicle causes fatal truck accident

Recently, a 24-year-old Oklahoma man chose to steal a utility truck from an auto repair business. His actions resulted in a dangerous police chase and the loss of one life.

According to the police, officers received a report just before dawn that an intruder had stolen a vehicle from the repair shop. Both police and highway troopers responded to the report and witnessed the utility truck leaving the premises. Troopers began to chase the man, who led them onto a Tulsa International Airport runway.

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