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3 common car accident myths to ignore

Car accidents can be traumatizing events, even when nobody is seriously injured. When fatalities are involved, they can change the lives of surviving loved ones. One Oklahoma woman, Izzy Kitterman, discovered this when a truck accident claimed the lives of some of her family members. After going through physical therapy, she started her own jewelry line where each piece contains a Bible verse that helped her get through the traumatic experience. 

The moments after a car accident are some of the most important. There are plenty of misconceptions that exist that could potentially hurt your claim and affect the compensation you receive. If you ever find yourself in an auto accident, then do not fall for these common myths. 

Why vehicle pileups happen on Oklahoma roadways

Whether you are taking a quick trip to the grocery store or heading out for a long vacation, you want to arrive at your destination safely. Even though many car accidents involve only two vehicles, an increasing number have three or more. 

In early July, Oklahoma City police officers responded to a fatal collision involving three vehicles.  While the accident investigation for that crash is not yet complete, pileups tend to occur for just a few reasons. Here are some of them: 

Safety tips for beginner motorcyclists

If riding a motorcycle is on your bucket list, you are not alone. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, motorcycle purchases and registration are increasing. Motorcycles are attractive since they are fun to ride and cheaper on gas. 

But they can also be dangerous. As a new rider, it is especially important to know the risks you face and prioritize your safety. Your motorcycle does not have any seat belts or airbags, so the consequences of an accident can be severe. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind as you begin riding. 

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. 

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