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Road rage-related car accidents are a state and national problem

It is hard to go a day without seeing overly aggressive drivers on Oklahoma roads. Sadly, numerous car accidents occur in the state and across the country because drivers fail to control their emotions when behind the wheel. Road rage is a real thing and a real problem.

How many accidents happen as a result of road rage? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that approximately 94 percent of all auto accidents occur because of human error. Road rage is said to contribute to around one-third of these collisions every year.

Obtaining compensation from an uninsured driver

Driving through Oklahoma City, another driver struck your vehicle and injured you. You exchanged information, but you discovered that the driver does not hold car insurance. You worry as to how you will pay for your medical costs, your car damage and how you will sustain yourself if you cannot work.

Although it is illegal to not hold motor vehicle insurance in Oklahoma, millions of uninsured motorists across the United States travel every day, risking the lives of law-abiding drivers. If you face injury due to the negligence of an uninsured driver, seek medical attention immediately. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you obtain the proper compensation. Know that in Oklahoma, if you face injury or property damage due to an underinsured or uninsured motorist, you may have the ability to obtain compensation from another driver through alternative means.

Oklahoma workers' compensation: 1 injured at Goodyear plant

An incident at the Goodyear plant in Comanche County that left one employee injured is currently being investigated. The event occurred Thursday, Aug. 30. As employers in Oklahoma are required to have workers' compensation insurance, the injured worker may file the claims necessary to have his or her losses covered.

Little was reported about this particular accident. According to the news, an employee at the Goodyear plant near Lawton suffered a significant finger injury. He or she was flown to a medical facility for care. The victim's injuries were considered non life-threatening. His or her current condition is unknown.

Oklahoma car accidents: 1 injured North Oklahoma City crash

Oklahoma City police are in the process of investigating a wreck that left one person critically injured. This event happened the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 31. The victim of this incident may be entitled to seek compensation for his or her losses if negligence can be established against the other driver or anyone else deemed responsible for the crash. As the damages associated with car accidents can be quite extensive, seeking relief is certainly worth the victim's and his or her family members time.

According to a recent news report, the drivers of a sedan and SUV were both traveling in the same direction on the Broadway Extension in North Oklahoma City when they collided. At this time it is unclear if one or both drivers swerved to avoid hitting a cooler that was left in the road. Authorities do believe that the attempt to avoid striking the cooler is what led to this crash. The driver of the sedan was severely hurt and transported to a hospital for care. This individual's current condition is unknown.

The most common causes of commercial truck accidents

Commercial truck drivers are the reason the rest of us can enjoy many modern conveniences. Without the trucking professionals on the roadways, modern conveniences like readily available goods in stores and overnight shipping would simply not be feasible.

The massive vehicles these drivers operate also cause some of the most devastating accidents on the road. The pure inertia of a tractor trailer can tear through cars and anything else in the way when a driver loses control. These types of accidents are more common than most people like to consider.

Workers' compensation covers occupational hearing loss

No one expects to experience hearing loss because of their job, but it happens all too often in Oklahoma and across the country. Every year, millions of individuals are exposed to hazardous noises and substances in their places of work that can cause them to experience temporary or permanent hearing loss. Thankfully, workers' compensation benefits do cover occupational hearing loss.

Occupational hearing loss can affect people in all types of occupations. It does not discriminate. Employers and employees must take precautions to prevent hazardous noises and substances from causing workers harm, but for some individuals, exposure is just too much.

Oklahoma car accidents: Drunk police officer causes head-on crash

An officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department found himself behind bars after he caused a head-on car crash. Authorities say he was drunk at the time of the collision and he allegedly had a loaded gun in his vehicle. Oklahoma residents who suffer injuries in car accidents caused by drunk drivers may seek compensation for their losses.

According to reports, this particular incident occurred Friday, Aug. 20. The off-duty officer was operating his vehicle near Newcastle Road and S. Meridian when he struck another vehicle. In a video report that accompanied the written news report, the accident was called in as an injury accident. However, the victim did not accept transportation to an area hospital for treatment. It is unclear if the victim sought treatment on his or her own.

Covering medical costs with workers' compensation

You were going about your day just like every other day, then it happened. While at work, you suffered an injury for which you required medical care. This could be an injury resulting from a one-time accident or it could be the result of repetitive movements you make every day. The burden of paying for your medical care is weighing heavily on your mind. Thankfully, whether you reside in Oklahoma or elsewhere, you may be entitled to access workers' compensation benefits in order to cover the costs of your medical care.

Workers' compensation benefits are not available to everyone. There are select employers who are not required to offer this type of insurance coverage to their employees. The vast majority of employers in the state do have workers' comp insurance, though. This may be good news for you if you suffer an injury while on the job.

Were you injured by a fatigued truck driver?

Because of the size and weight of large commercial trucks, these vehicles are capable of inflicting serious damage when involved in collisions with smaller cars. Unfortunately, many Oklahoma truck accidents are the result of preventable factors, such as fatigued driving. When a tired trucker is behind the wheel, it greatly increases the chance of an accident.

If you are the victim of an accident caused by a fatigued trucker, you could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. It is possible to hold drivers and trucking companies accountable for fatigued driving and policies that encourage too many hours on the road. Victims of semitrailer accidents may find it beneficial to fully explore their legal options as soon as possible after an accident.

Oklahoma car accidents: How are settlement amounts determined?

Oklahoma residents or visitors to the state who suffer injuries or lost loved ones in automobile collisions likely have a lot of questions about seeking compensation for their losses. How much can they get? What can they do if insurance providers are not playing fair? Following car accidents, settlement amounts are determined by looking at a number of factors.

When an insurance provider receives a claim following a car accident, the victim may be offered a settlement -- after an investigation into the matter. The amount of the settlement is determined by looking at vehicle damages, cost of injury treatment and the policy owner's coverage. The insurance provider, in an effort to protect its bottom line, will offer the lowest amount possible. It is just the way it works.

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