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Ways everyone can share the road

Many of the accidents that happen every day are due to people being distracted or negligent. No driver should have to be reminded they assume responsibility for their own safety, as well as their passengers' and others on the road. Too many, though, think it is themselves against the world out there. And too many bikers and pedestrians think they are protected by laws. Even if they are in some cases, it pays to remember the graveyard is full of people who had the right of way.

If everyone does their part to promote safety, it may be possible to avoid many accidents. Particularly when it comes to sharing the road, there are certain things that everyone using our roads should make conscious efforts to do.

3 driver mistakes that lead to deadly car accidents

Edmond motorists spend several hours a day behind the wheel. The more time spent on the roads, the greater the risk of drivers losing their focus or overlooking something. Though many vehicles have advanced safety features, no system will ever be perfect as long as humans are behind the wheel and auto accidents still occur. 

Many of those incidents lead to serious injuries and property damage. To maximize safety while driving, it is important for motorists to exercise every possible precaution. This includes avoiding unsafe driving behavior at all times. To better understand how to do so, here is a brief overview of the three most common driver mistakes that compromise road safety today. 

Key instances to consult with an accident attorney

After even a minor car accident, it's natural to feel confused about what, exactly, to do next. Calling your insurance agent is probably the first thing most people do, but then what? Just sit back and wait? If you received any injuries during the accident, the stress, confusion and worry may be even worse.

Thankfully, an auto accident claim may be helpful in handling the aftermath of the incident. To aid you in receiving the compensation you deserve, it may be beneficial to speak with an attorney, especially in certain instances.

5 deadly medical errors

A lot of people hold a general belief that most medical professionals are competent and skilled people. This certainly holds true for the large majority of them. Unfortunately, that does not negate the fact that medical errors are killing hundreds of thousands of Americans every year; estimated between 250,000 and 440,000 annually. 

These numbers confirm the fact that medical errors are the third most common killer in the U.S. after cancer and heart disease. This is all proof that there must be more advocates for patient safety and better legislation. Here are some common types of medical errors that can have fatal results.

Mistakes to avoid when seeing a doctor after a car accident

Car accidents can result in numerous unintended consequences. For example, a recent car crash in Oklahoma City was to blame for a power outage that affected over 1,000 households. 

Regardless of how the accident occurred, you need to take prompt action to protect yourself. One of the most important things you can do is see a doctor right away. Even if you feel fine, you should still speak with a doctor, just to make sure you did not damage any underlying tissues or muscles. As you go about your medical treatment, you should avoid the following, or else you could jeopardize your car accident claim

Tips to avoid late winter car accidents

Late winter and early spring can be the deadliest time of year on roadways around the country. USA Today reported in 2017 that hundreds of people lose their lives every year due to icy roads as the temperature melts the snow during the day and refreezes them at night.

Even as winter turns to spring in Oklahoma, snow may still fall and rain can fall as sleet, so drivers need to be ready. Serious injuries can occur if drivers do not follow proper precautions. Here are some basic tips all Oklahoma drivers should follow if they want to reduce their chances of needing to file a car accident claim this year. 

Do you need a police report for a fender bender?

Multiple vehicle pile-ups tend to make the news. Recently in Oklahoma, six vehicles were in a crash that resulted from a lone tire that came off its vehicle and jumped along I-35. 

These types of incidents can be difficult for insurance agencies and attorneys to figure out. However, fender benders are normally quite simple to determine who was at fault. Still, that does not mean they are innocuous. Plenty of people suffer from severe injuries every year from minor fender benders that take place in driveways and parking lots. It is for this reason you still need to call the police after what seems like a minor collision. 

Whiplash is real and serious

Like most motorists in the Oklahoma City area, you drive carefully. While staying off your cell phone, obeying traffic lights and watching for careless drivers increases your chances of staying safe on the road, you may not be able to avoid an accident forever. If another motorist hits your vehicle, you could sustain serious injuries that may plague you for the rest of your life. 

If you swap paint with another car, you may think you feel fine. You should realize, though, not all injuries show up immediately. In fact, you may not realize you have sustained an injury until hours, days or even weeks after an accident. As such, you should always seek medical treatment to ensure you receive proper care and protect your legal rights. One specific condition you should watch out for is whiplash. 

Your carpel tunnel injury may not be from too much typing

If you are like many others in the Oklahoma City area, you spend a significant amount of time typing on a keyboard. You have probably heard stories about people who develop repetitive stress injuries from too much typing. You may not realize, though, that carpel tunnel syndrome is often common after automobile accidents. 

On the underside of your wrist, there is a channel known as the carpal tunnel. If the nerves in your carpal tunnel compress, you may feel pain, weakness or tingling in your hands. As you may suspect, the condition could limit your ability to do ordinary tasks. It may also cause you to experience a decrease in your quality of life. 

What should you do in the aftermath of a car crash?

Nobody ever gets behind the wheel of a car planning to get into a wreck. At least we all hope not, anyway. But knowing how to handle things at the scene of an accident is often the best step for protecting yourself in the event of medical and legal damages.

Whether it is a fender-bender or a more serious accident, there are steps you should take following a vehicle crash as long as you able to function.

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