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The top ten most dangerous motor vehicles

In May, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a nonprofit research organization funded by auto insurers, released their list of the most dangerous cars on the road. Researchers measured over 200 models (2014 or equivalent) between 2012 and 2015. The only vehicles considered were those with at least 100,000 registrations between 2012 and 2015.

Rankings were determined primarily by the most driver deaths per million registered vehicles vehicle. Initial findings revealed:

Don't let someone's lack of auto insurance crash your bank account

Laws in every state require carrying auto insurance of a minimum amount. However, a significant number of motorists nationwide are either uninsured or underinsured. In fact, Oklahoma reportedly has the highest number of uninsured drivers.

While drivers without auto insurance break the law, you may not realize the impact their noncompliance can have on your personal financial stability in the event of a crash. Adequate insurance will not only cover the costs if you cause an accident but also if an uninsured driver is to blame for a collision -- leaving you to foot the bill.

An "F" is not OK

Upon first receiving their report card, students often find themselves under a great deal of stress over the uncertainty of the results. For many, a grade can make a significant difference in their future and how others view them.

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston recently received correspondence that contained a report on workplace safety in her state.

Uber's version of workers’ comp: Innovative or insufficient?

To say Uber has experienced “growing pains” in their relatively short existence would be the definition of an understatement. Controversial disputes with Google, hostile workplace scandals, and high-level resignations (most recently, their CEO) have tarnished the image of the rideshare company.

While the federal government does not provide data on Uber drivers, their statistics reveal that counterpart taxi operators are as likely to suffer injuries on the job as workers in dangerous logging and mining industries are. More alarming, those drivers share the likelihood of being killed on the job with police officers.

Has a drowsy driver left you with serious injuries?

Most people in Oklahoma have a tendency to feel fatigued at some point during the day. While the feeling may come as nothing more than a minor inconvenience in most cases, it could cause serious problems if the drowsiness becomes overwhelming, especially when driving is involved.

Car accidents caused by sleepy drivers can have devastating consequences. Even if you remain vigilant in getting enough sleep, other drivers may not take such precautions, and you could suffer serious injuries due to someone else's choice to drive while sleepy.

Should you report a seemingly minor workplace injury?

After first suffering an injury, you may not fully understand its severity. In many cases, a relatively minor-seeming injury proves to be much more serious than initially believed, especially if symptoms and signs of trauma do not immediately manifest. If you get injured at work but the injury doesn't seem severe, you may wonder if your injury is even worth reporting.

Something you should know, however, is that your injury report could have a significant impact on how much workers' compensation you receive. That is why you should take certain steps immediately after an on-the-job accident, even if you do not believe your injury to be serious.

Current safety concerns over a driverless car future

The race to build self-driving cars continues to accelerate at a breakneck pace. Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., and other manufacturers are trying to outpace each other in the autonomous vehicle industry now valued in the billions of dollars.

They and their supporters claim that the technology being developed would significantly reduce the number of U.S. highway deaths each year. Last year, the number of vehicle related fatalities reached 40,000, along with two million injuries.

Get help and report soon after suffering an injury at work

Work-related injuries happen every day. If you are one of the many Oklahoma residents who have suffered injuries in a work accident, you need to get help and report as soon as possible. If you do not, you run the risk of having workers' compensation claims denied and having to cover your losses out of pocket. That is something most people simply cannot afford.

Reporting an injury, particularly when it was serious, may be the last thing on your mind. Your focus is and should be on getting treatment and working through the recovery process. When you are able to, though, filing a report with your employer and filling out a workers' compensation claim is a must if you want to have your expenses covered.

Oklahoma workers’ compensation law: Back to the drawing board

Two years of court rulings chipped away at Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system. It took a Supreme Court decision that the opt-out decision by employers unconstitutional to finally bring both sides to the table.

State lawmakers and prominent business community members wanted a fix that would end the ongoing legal wrangling that left the legislation in tatters.

Will stricter texting and driving laws make roads safer?

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) released a study that reveals nine states enacting stricter texting while driving laws. While individual legislation is unique to each state, the overall goal is to strengthen enforcement and increase penalties and fines while emphasizing education and awareness.

Oklahoma has joined states throughout the country that furthers the fight against a dangerous, deadly and ever-growing trend. All legislation places a particular emphasis on teenage drivers.

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