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Worker's compensation exists to help in situations like this

Construction is known to be a dangerous type of work. Many Oklahoma construction workers know what is like to be injured on the job. The worker's compensation program enables them to submit claims for benefits following workplace injuries to help them make ends meet during recovery and replace lost wages for any time they must take off work due to their injuries.

An accident in another state recently led to public officials lamenting the utter tragedy of such situations. In this particular incident, a 33-year-old construction worker was catapulted into a pit of rushing water after a water cap exploded. It was an early Tuesday morning when the workplace accident occurred, resulting in the death of the worker. Authorities later said the man had been pinned down in the pit that was quickly filling up with water.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

You were going about your day, running your planned errands in your car when, BAM, another vehicle hit yours. The incident caused you to suffer physically, financially and emotionally. If you want to seek compensation, you may do so by filing a personal injury claim in an Oklahoma civil court.

When a car accident occurs, one of the last things on a person's mind is compensation. Most people concern themselves only with getting the help they need and recovering. However, waiting too long to seek compensation for any losses endured may not be a wise decision, as there is a statute of limitations on taking legal actions in such cases.

Some car accidents leave investigators searching for answers

When two or more motor vehicles collide on Oklahoma roadways, the cause is not always immediately apparent. In fact, many car accidents lead to more questions than answers, often resulting in extensive investigations, perhaps even re-enactments of a particular scene. One recent tragedy that has prompted investigators to search for more answers involved a pedestrian who was struck by a car.

Officials reported that the recent accident victim was male but did not provide additional identification information. It was a Tuesday evening when the collision occurred in the metro area of Oklahoma City. Sadly, as is often the case in accidents involving pedestrians, the man in this situation did not survive his injuries.

Car accidents involving pedestrians especially tragic

It was approximately 7 a.m. on a recent Wednesday when a tragic incident occurred in Oklahoma. Car accidents such as this one, involving pedestrians, often end in fatalities. Police say the man who was struck by a southbound vehicle initially survived his injuries in this particular situation.

The 28-year-old man was apparently trying to cross the street. It was later reported that one vehicle nearly missed hitting the man. Another car, in fact, collided with the pedestrian. Police say rescue workers arrived to find him unconscious. The man's injuries were very serious.

What are your employer’s responsibilities to you?

It is difficult enough to deal with an injury, let alone deal with an injury while also trying to receive workers’ compensation. Injuries are painful enough; the legal process of receiving compensation shouldn’t be painful as well.

The burden of compensation should not fall to you alone. It is important to know that your employer also has several obligations to you, the employee. Before you dive into the process of attempting to receive workers’ comp benefits, there are some important things you should understand about your employer’s responsibilities to you.

How to stay safe this Halloween

Halloween only comes once a year, and maybe that’s a good thing: With sugar-fueled children running around unpredictably, revelers drinking and driving and motorists unable to see small children in the dark, there is an increased risk for injuries. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that children are four times more likely to be in a traffic accident on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

That’s why it is so important that drivers and parents alike take precautions to keep young pedestrians safe from car accidents. Keep reading for some simple tips you can take to ensure a happy, safe Halloween.

Our roads are becoming more dangerous, not less

In the last couple of months, we have touched on a lot of issues with road safety and car accidents. People can suffer horrible injuries as a result of car accidents. Drivers can fail to operate their vehicles in a safe manner, whether it be due to bad choices or distraction. And pedestrians and bicyclists are in particularly dangerous positions out on the road, simply because of their inherently unprotected nature.

But today, we want to review some information released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which conclusively shows that our roads are not becoming safer. They are, in fact, trending in the opposite direction. The roads are becoming more dangerous.

Some specific injuries not covered by worker’s comp

On an average day in January, you pull into your work parking lot and sit for a moment, enjoying the warmth of your car. It is one of those below freezing days, and you are not excited at the thought of walking into the building to begin the day. Hesitantly, you open the car door and step onto the ground, testing the ground for ice.

The ground seems okay so you hop out of the car—then you feel your feet slide out from under you, your head hits the door of your car, and you are flat on your back, bleeding profusely from your forehead.

A requirement to carry insurance isn't necessarily a guarantee

Being in a motor vehicle accident can be traumatic and unnerving. Chances are, you might follow traffic laws to the letter in hopes of preventing a similar event but even the safest of drivers cannot avoid every collision, as others might not always adhere to the rules of the road as strictly as you do.

Every collision runs the risk of ending in disaster, and if you suffer serious injuries in the process, the financial ramifications of a need for medical treatment can weigh heavily upon you. This can be stressful enough on its own, but what happens if the party who is responsible for the accident doesn't carry enough insurance to cover your needs?

Your car is driving you to distraction

Anyone who has ever driven the streets of Oklahoma City or on the interstate highways carrying people in or out of the area knows distracted drivers are some of the most dangerous people behind the wheels of moving vehicles.

AAA recently released a study that reveals one of the major sources of those distractions: the vehicles themselves. The advanced infotainment systems in new cars are making driving more dangerous with in-vehicle distractions that can result in accidents, injuries and fatalities.

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