Oklahoma City Injury Law Blog

Avoiding distractions is key to preventing rear-end crashes

Rear-end collisions happen often. In fact, there are around 1.7 million rear-end crashes each year in the United States. Many times, those crashes are a result of people looking away from the road. Someone might, for example, look down at a text message and not look back up in time to see stopped traffic.

When rear-end crashes happen, they're often the fault of the rear vehicle. Here are a few examples of how rear-end crashes happen.

Multivehicle crash leads to 2 deaths in Oklahoma City

If a driver causes a fatal collision, it's important that they are held accountable. This is particularly true when a driver is speeding beyond reason and is not obeying the traffic laws.

Take, for example, this crash in Oklahoma City, where a 22-year-old man has been arrested on complaints of causing an accident that led to death without a driver's license and of second-degree murder.

Can you get workers' compensation for a crash on the job?

If you drive for work, there's a chance that you could eventually end up in an auto accident while on the job. For example, if you need to drive between client sites for work, someone could run a red light and hit your vehicle. That incident is not technically related to your work, but because you are in the process of doing work by driving while on the clock, you should be able to seek workers' compensation.

If you are involved in a car accident while in a company vehicle, you should try to let your employer know as soon as possible. In your situation, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the person who hit you. You may also be able to seek workers' compensation since your injury happened while you were on the clock.

Avoid these 2 causes of rear-end collisions

Rear-end collisions are collisions that occur when a driver traveling behind another does not stop and hits the tail end of the front vehicle. Many rear-end collisions are minor, occurring at slow speeds, but some result in significant damage to vehicles and injuries to people.

There are two primary reasons that rear-end collisions can happen. These include:

  • Following too closely
  • Brake-checking

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.

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