Resolving Catastrophic Burn Cases in Oklahoma

Without a doubt, car accidents can lead to serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries, including severe burns, disfigurement and death.  If you were involved in an accident and suffered burn related injuries as a result, you need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.  Even if you believe that your burns are not serious, going without treatment can cause chronic pain and other long term medical conditions.  Moreover, waiting to have a medical professional evaluate and treat your burns may affect your ability to obtain the money you deserve to sufficiently compensate you for all of your injuries.  As an experienced Oklahoma car accident attorney, I know first-hand that burn related injuries are serious and should never go untreated.

In general, fires that ignite during car accidents are much more common that you think.  According to nationwide accident statistics, the primary causes of burn-related accidents are (i) engines that overheat, (ii) fuel tanks that leak, and (iii) poorly maintained tires.  Moreover, defective and poorly designed vehicles also contribute to the number of reported burns and related fatalities in the U.S.  For example, numerous car fires are started because of improper electrical wiring and defective/poorly designed fuel tanks that leave cars vulnerable to explosion.

Overall, vehicle fires typically start when a large amount of friction is generated, which usually happens when a car collides with another automobile or object.  Such friction creates an enormous amount of heat, which then can ignite fires in the more susceptible parts of an automobile listed above.  During the summer, burn related injuries are more likely to occur than in other seasons due to the massive amount of heat that acts as a catalyst for flames to erupt.

Handling the legalities associated with representing burn victims can be both challenging and complex.  Accordingly, it is important to consult with an attorney who has the requisite skills and experience to handle these difficult types of cases.   Proving causation in burn related car accident cases takes a significant amount of skill and effort, since opposing counsel and insurance companies alike will do whatever it takes to deny responsibility for causing for the fire.  Since car fires happen for many different reasons, it is often an uphill battle trying to establish where and how the fire exactly started.  Only an experienced Oklahoma auto accident attorney will evaluate the facts of your case and consult with the experts necessary to help prove causation for your burn related injuries.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident, call us now at 405-295-1924 to schedule a confidential case evaluation.  We look forward to providing you with superior legal representation.

Parking Lots in Oklahoma are Much More Dangerous than You Think

Surprisingly, parking lot collisions and hit and run accidents occur almost on a daily basis in Oklahoma.  While many do not result in serious injuries or death, others have ended up claiming innocent lives.  The good news is that parking lot accidents can easily be avoided.   Knowing the steps you can take to protect yourself and others while in a parking lot is the best way to make these areas safer.

In light of the above, the following are some crucial ways you can avoid being involved in a parking lot accident:

For pedestrians:

  • Be sure to watch where you are going when walking around in a parking lot.  Sometimes, cars may not see you should they be backing out or not paying attention while driving.
  • Never assume that you are visible to drivers when walking to or from your car.  Use common sense and look both ways proceeding.
  • Never take unnecessary risks by walking behind a car that is backing out of a spot.
  • Be sure to exercise caution when walking between parked cars.
  • Look before crossing lanes in a lot.

For Drivers:

  • Make sure to be on the look-out for pedestrians while driving in a parking lot.  Sometimes, pedestrians become more focused on their purchase and less on paying attention to their surroundings.
  • Never assume that pedestrians can see you when backing out of a space or even, when pulling into a spot.  Since vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, they can block a pedestrian’s visibility.  Take extra precautions and look at your surroundings before taking off.
  • Do not cut across parking spaces.  Only take the designated roads in a parking lot.
  • Watch out for those who may be less visible to drivers, such as the elderly and children.
  • Watch your speed.  People who speed in a parking lot are less able to slow down and respond quickly to avoid hitting others.

If you are involved in a car accident while in a parking lot, there are several points to consider should this happen to you:

  • Make sure that no one has been injured.  If so, call for help immediately.
  • Exchange contact information with any witnesses and the other driver involved in the accident
  • Take photos or video of the scene.
  • Contact the police and your insurance carrier as soon as possible.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident, call us now at 405-295-1924 to schedule a confidential case evaluation.  We look forward to providing you with superior legal representation and in helping you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

 

Litigating Complex Trucking Accident Cases in Oklahoma

In the State of Oklahoma, hundreds of people are killed each year in accidents involving trucks.  As a centrally located state, many trucks cross the Oklahoma border on a daily basis, especially large 18-wheelers.  While trucks are crucial to the economy for transporting goods across the nation, they can also cause serious and sometimes life threatening accidents.  Specifically, trucks such as 18-wheelers are a lot heavier than their smaller counterparts, and often exceed 70 feet in length.  This makes it extremely difficult for trucks of this size to stop in time to avoid colliding with other vehicles on the road.  To illustrate, if a large truck is suddenly cut off by another vehicle, it will take a lot longer for the truck to come to a complete stop given its sheer size and weight. Moreover, many truck accidents are caused simply because the trucker could not see other drivers in its path.  Since trucks have numerous blind spots, they take a significant amount of time, skill and experience for drivers to learn how to safely maneuver.

Regardless of the situation, it is important to consider that trucking cases can present several legal challenges such as proving liability, identifying the proper parties to sue, and determining what facts are necessary to prove one’s case.  For example, a truck driver or his or her company can be held responsible for causing an accident, depending upon the nature of the trucker’s employment arrangement.  If the trucker is an independent contractor, then he or she maintains sole responsibility for causing an accident.  However, if a company employs the truck driver, it may too be found liable under certain circumstances.  Additionally, it can also be challenging to determine apportionment of fault in a given case.  For instance, sometimes it isn’t readily apparent who caused the underlying accident or how much percentage of fault should be allocated between the parties.

Furthermore, gathering the appropriate factual support and evidence necessary to prove one’s case can also be difficult.  Specifically, trucking companies and the industry as a whole are heavily regulated, which means that it can be a perplexing for even the most seasoned Oklahoma trucking attorney to figure out how to go about obtaining valuable information in order to bring forth a successful lawsuit.  It can also be a daunting task to determine what specific timeframe with which you have to file your lawsuit.  Meaning, the statute of limitations period is a lot shorter when filing a case against a government entity rather than a private party.  Hence, if you are involved in a trucking accident with a U.S. Postal Service worker rather than a corporate entity, you will have a very limited window of time to get your case filed.

For more information, or if you have been involved in a trucking accident in Oklahoma, it is critical to hire an experienced attorney who knows how to effectively handle the complexities associated with these types of case in these jurisdictions.  Give my office a call now to learn more about how I can help you get the compensation you deserve and fight for your rights.  I have handled thousands of trucking accident cases and look forward to working with you.

If you sustained injuries in a car, motorcycle or trucking accident, contact my office now at 405-295-1924. For several years, I have been helping accident victims located throughout the State of Oklahoma obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.  Don’t wait until it is too late to receive the legal help you need.

How to Find the Right Oklahoma Criminal Defense Attorney

As most people are aware, facing criminal charges in Oklahoma is extremely difficult.  However, trying to find the right criminal defense attorney can present an even greater challenge.  It goes without saying that having a seasoned attorney on your side can make a significant difference.  In other words, working with an inexperienced attorney could end up costing you a significant amount of money and quite possibly, your freedom.  Accordingly, the following are a number of tips you should consider when looking to hire an attorney:

  1. Do your due diligence.  Don’t get sucked in by overzealous marketing or empty promises to deliver you results.  Review the attorney’s client testimonials or do some research online as to what others have to say about his or her legal services.  As mentioned above, choosing an attorney with a good reputation is critical to the outcome of your case.
  2. Ask for referrals.  Find out from family members or friends if they can recommend an experienced criminal defense attorney.  Most often, the best attorneys are those that have built their criminal law practices through referrals.
  3. Only consider an attorney that is upfront about all costs and fees.  Some attorneys charge their clients by the hour whereas others charge a flat rate.  Be sure to know exactly how your attorney bills before signing a retainer form.
  4. Only work with an attorney that is experienced in criminal law in your jurisdiction.  While many attorneys claim to have the requisite experience, they may not be truly capable of handling your case.  Furthermore, only choose an attorney that focuses a significant portion of their practice in criminal law, as they are in the best position to most effectively fight for your rights.
  5. Consider a public defender.  If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney, you should never represent yourself.  Public defenders focus 100% of their legal practice on criminal defense representation, so they likely will have the experience necessary to help you.   You can contact your local courthouse to find out more about the public defenders in your area.

If you are facing criminal charges in Oklahoma, contact The Handley Law Center for a free confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.   You can also contact us during normal business hours at 405-295-1924 to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to providing you with superior criminal defense representation.