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Road safety during the holiday season

For many people, the arrival of winter means the beginning of the holidays. Festivities in some form or another are very common and many people will be travelling to be with friends and family. Unfortunately, the increased traffic on roads and the risk of harsh weather conditions makes the possibility of vehicle accidents even greater than it would normally be.

CAR ACCIDENT VICTIMS ARE PROTECTED THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS

Car accidents can be frightening and cause a tremendous disruption in the lives of victims and their families. In Oklahoma, car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury. Throughout the state, approximately 28,000 victims are injured or killed on average in car accidents according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Car accidents are all too common in areas in and around Oklahoma City. Each car accident impacts victims and their families and can be extremely stressful.

How to counter an insurance company's settlement offer

Saying that a car accident is expensive is an understatement. Between the vehicle damage, hospital bills and missed workdays, motor vehicle accident costs can really add up. The first offer from the insurance company will likely be too low to cover your damages. Insurance companies expect negotiation for a settlement and therefore will start with a number lower than what they would be comfortable paying out.

Fatal accidents involving teens are up in Oklahoma

It was recently reported that the number of fatalities of teenagers killed in car accidents in Oklahoma is on the rise. While car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers, AAA reports that 21 percent more teenagers were killed in car accidents in Oklahoma in 2015 than in 2014. Speeding remains the number one cause of car accidents involving teenagers. There have been a total of 14,000 fatal accidents involving teenagers in the U.S. over the last five years, and greater than 4,200 of them involved speeding.

Car accidents at work: Who is liable?

Let's say you working and your boss asks you to run an errand. On the way there you peek down at your phone for just a second. In that second a car suddenly breaks in front of you and you crash into them. You were responsible for the crash and that must mean you are liable, right? Not necessarily. If you get into a car accident while working then liability can get tricky. Even if you are partially at fault the other driver and your own injuries can be covered by your employer.

Is distracted driving considered negligence?


Distracted driving refers to a wide range of activities, including any activity that distracts the driver's attention, focus or body from the roadway. Distracted driving based on gadget distractions, such as cell phones, texting and navigation systems, is commonly discussed today, however, older types of distraction, such as eating or grooming while driving, still pose a risk to victims of distracted driving.

Distracted driving is a serious problem but victims have options


Previous posts here have discussed the dangers of texting and driving, the increase in fatal traffic accidents and the potential for distracted driving to impact the number of car accidents facing our communities. In general, distracted driving is a growing problem that is also potentially leading to a growth in fatal traffic accidents.

Recent report reveals fatal car accidents have increased


A recent post here discussed the dangers and problems associated with texting and driving. A recent report from the National Safety Council revealed that car accident fatalities were up by 9 percent. If the trend continues, 2016 could be the deadliest year for drivers in the United States since 2007. According to the National Safety Council's preliminary data, car accident fatalities increased by 9 percent for the first six months of 2016 compared to the same time period for 2015. The increase is 18 percent higher than for the same time period in 2014.

The statistics behind the dangers of texting and driving


Texting and driving is a dangerous and life-threatening problem; one that many people engage in. As of last year, nine victims were killed each day because of distracted driving-related behaviors, such as texting while driving, cell phone use or eating while driving. In 2013, there were 341,000 car accidents that involved texting and driving. In addition, when a car accident occurs, there is a 1 in 4 chance that the cause of the car accident involved a cell phone. The amount of cell phone use while driving increases the likelihood of a car accident by four times.

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