Oklahoma City Injury Law Blog

Pedestrian hit on off-ramp shows the importance of safety

In auto crashes, one of the worst things that can happen is for a pedestrian to get hit by a car. Pedestrians have no protection against being struck by a vehicle, which makes them particularly prone to severe injuries. Often, those injuries lead to death.

In Oklahoma City, the authorities are investigating a fatal collision that took place near the interstate, I-40, during which a pedestrian was hit and killed on the off-ramp.

Crushing injuries require specialized care: Here's why

Semitruck accidents can happen anywhere, from rural areas to on the highway. Most people understand that these collisions can be devastating, because the impact of such a heavy vehicle can severely damage a smaller vehicle.

One of the complications that people involved in semitruck accidents may suffer from is a crushing injury. A crushing injury happens when force or pressure is put on part of the body. Depending on the amount of pressure, there is the potential for bones to break, the lungs to burst or other serious injuries to occur.

What kind of treatments help a traumatic brain injury?

Even when wearing a helmet, motorcycle riders and passengers are incredibly vulnerable on Oklahoma roads. They do not have the same measures of protection as other motorists on the road and are exposed to the elements. This exposure can heighten the risk of a severe head injury.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces the chances of sustaining a head injury by nearly 69%. However, a 2018 study reports that motorcyclists and their passengers still deal with a significant risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), whether they wear a helmet or not. 

Watch out for eye dangers in the workplace

Eye injuries are common among workers in America. These injuries can be caused by many types of hazards, from dust and debris to chemicals.

If you suffer an eye injury on the job, you should know that workers' compensation should cover it. Workers' compensation may cover your lost wages, the cost of your medical care as well as providing other benefits to you in the future.

Man found guilty in case of critically injured cyclist

Pedestrians have to be extremely careful around vehicles because a crash could be devastating to them. Sadly, not all drivers take pedestrian safety seriously, causing collisions that change lives forever.

A guilty verdict has been returned against a man who had been accused of driving while intoxicated and striking a woman who was riding her bicycle. The incident resulted in the woman being critically injured.

Are crashes a leading cause of death in America?

Auto accidents are among the leading cause of death in the United States, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The reality is that there are millions of people who drive every day, and with so many people on the roads, there's a significant chance that you'll be involved in a car crash at one time or another in your life.

While many car crashes are minor, there are others that can cause severe injuries or even death. Motor vehicle accidents were among the leading 10 causes of death in 2015 and the six years prior, showing just how serious they can really be.

Full coverage insurance may not cover everything in an accident

If you get into an accident, you expect full coverage car insurance to help you cover the cost of damage and medical expenses. But what does full coverage actually mean?

Each different insurance company has a different definition of full coverage. A combination of comprehensive and collision coverage with a deductible is usually the minimum requirement to be full coverage. However, there are many extra types of coverage that full coverage may not include:

Rear-end crashes can be a result of distractions

Rear-end collisions can be extremely devastating. They are often a result of the rear driver not paying attention or having a mechanical malfunction that results in a loss of their brakes.

Rear-end collisions, or collisions where you're hit from behind, are common when a rear vehicle is traveling too close to your own. If you have to stop suddenly, they may not have time to stop. This result in a crash.

Beat the heat with these tips for workers

Workers' compensation coverage helps protect people who get hurt on the job. It might be their own mistake that leads to an accident or a new worker who makes errors that cause a serious accident.

One of the things you have to be particularly careful of in the summer is the potential for heat-related illnesses on the job. In Oklahoma and other states that see extreme heat, it's essential for employers and their employees to be informed on how to stay safe in dangerous temperatures.

What are you options if you're hurt in an on-the-job car crash?

When you have to drive as part of your job, one of the things that can happen is an auto accident. For the most part, people understand that the time they spend driving to work or to home is their own. If they are hurt, they don't file a claim with their employer. Instead, they file a claim with the other party's insurance carrier.

However, if you are hurt while driving for work, it's a completely different situation. In that case, you need to file a workers' compensation claim.

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