5 Golden Rules to Keep You Safe While Driving this Black Friday Weekend

Each year, the Black Friday weekend becomes a bigger event than it was the year before. This year, several big retailers have even opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day. With sales so big, the biggest shopping weekend of the year will be busy. More than 140 million people are expected to be out this Black Friday weekend shopping. If you are one of those die-hard bargain hunters and will be amongst the masses this Black Friday weekend, you need to be prepared. The task of getting to and from different stores and maneuvering around parking lots on Black Friday weekend will not only be a challenge, it could be down right dangerous. The last thing on any shopper’s list is to get into an accident. To make sure your shopping trip is memorable and safe, please follow these golden safety rules:

  • Thou shall drive slowly: Store and mall parking lots will likely be filled to capacity with eager shoppers. It is important to drive slowly to avoid hitting a car that is backing out of a parking space. Besides, you will miss out on all the deals if you get into a fender bender before you even park your car.
  • Thou shall be alert: Make sure that you are looking not only for cars but also pedestrians. Parking lots on Black Friday can be hazardous places, with shoppers darting between cars, often in the pre-dawn darkness.
  • Thou shall drive defensively: Black Friday deals tend to bring out the worst in some people. If you recall back in 2008, a Walmart employee died in NY after being trampled by a crowd eager to get their hands on limited numbers of heavily discounted merchandise. Therefore, when driving on Black Friday weekend, you need to have your wits about you. Most likely you will encounter a few aggressive drivers. But you do not have to behave as they do. Drive defensively and you will have a much better chance of surviving Black Friday weekend unscathed.
  • Thou shall remain calm: The deals may not be the only thing that are red hot on Black Friday—your temper may red hot as well. If someone “steals” your parking spot, let it go and find another one. If someone cuts in front of your car a little too close for comfort, try to relax. Now is not the time for road rage. If you find yourself getting a little hot under the collar, try to breathe and remember why you are out in the first place— to snag a bargain and to have fun!
  • Thou shall not be distracted: Black Friday is no time to be on your cell phone while driving. Talking or texting while driving can only lead to trouble. Drivers that are texting while driving are more than 20 times more likely to be involved in a serious accident than drivers who do not text.

A car accident happens when you least expect it and can change your life forever. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident or struck by a car during the Black Friday weekend, you need a skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorney who can be a zealous advocate for your rights. The seasoned Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center understand will do whatever is necessary to obtain justice for you and will not stop until they achieve it. To find out how The Handley Law Center can help you, schedule a free and completely confidential consultation by calling (405) 295-1924. Our team of experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorneys strive to provide each client with premium personal service.

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Celebrities who have Suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries

Each year in the United States, 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs.  The largest percentage of people who are diagnosed with TBIs each year, suffer from a mild form, such as a concussion. While close to 50,000 people die each year from the result of a TBI. While TBIs are a contributing factor to a significant number of deaths and permanent disabilities, most people are not very familiar with TBIs. However, recently there have been three incidents of celebrities who have suffered from TBIs.

Joan Rivers

On September 4, 2014, Joan Rivers, the popular yet controversial queen of comedy passed away. Rivers, who had gone to a New York medical center for a laryngoscopy, suffered complications during the procedure and was rushed to the hospital. While the routine procedure was for her throat, the medical examination concluded in October that River’s had died from a traumatic injury to her brain. The exact cause of death was “anoxic encephalopathy,” a condition that occurs when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain. It is unknown at this time whether the doctor who performed the procedure did anything wrong. The medical center is currently under investigation. If River’s death was the result of medical malpractice, her family would be entitled to compensation for their tragic loss.

Tracy Morgan

This month it was announced that actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan, is in the process of trying to recover from a severe TBI. The actor was injured in June of this year, when the limo he was riding in on the New Jersey turnpike was struck by a Walmart tractor trailer. One passenger in the limo was killed and two others were injured. The former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star, suffered severe bodily injuries. Although Morgan spent several weeks hospitalized and in rehab, according to his attorney spokesperson, Morgan has still not fully recovered. Morgan and the other surviving passengers have filed a federal lawsuit seeking damages against Walmart. As the result of Morgan’s brain injury, he was unable to begin filming on a new comedy series that was previously scheduled to start in August.

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher, a seven-time Formula One World Champion driver, suffered a traumatic brain injury during a skiing accident in December 2013. Schumacher and his family were skiing in the French Alps when he fell and hit his head on rock. After the accident, the German driver was eventually taken to Grenoble hospital where he was operated on and thereafter, put into medically induced coma. Doctors said that had Schumacher not been wearing a ski helmet at the time of his accident, he would not have survived. In April, it was reported that the driver had moments of consciousness and doctors were easing him out of his coma. By mind-June, Schumacher had regained consciousness and left Grenoble Hospital to undergo rehabilitation at a hospital in Switzerland. In September, Schumacher returned to his home in Lake Geneva while he continues rehabilitation.

Young or old, rich or poor, or male or female, traumatic brain injuries can affect anyone, anywhere. Learning that a loved one was in serious accident and suffered a TBI can be overwhelming. You may be worried about medical bills, lost wages and future medical care for your loved one. Do not suffer alone! Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. For more than 30 years The Handley Law Center has helped countless injury victims and their families. The skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center will fight to obtain the compensation to which your loved is entitled. To find out how an Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney can help you, do not delay, call us today.

What You Should Do in the Event of a Winter Roadside Emergency

All it takes is a flat tire, an empty gas tank or a mechanical problem with your car and you could be stranded along an Oklahoma roadside. While being stranded is never fun, winter weather can make being stranded a whole lot more miserable. If you plan to drive this winter, you need to get back into the winter weather driving frame of mind. To help make sure that you are ready in the event of a roadside emergency, here are a few helpful tips to follow:

  • Be roadside, not on the road: When you notice that your vehicle is experiencing problems, your goal needs to be to park your car in a safe spot.  In other words, you need to pull your vehicle off the road as far as possible.
  • Stay inside your car: If you are stranded during winter weather, it is best to stay inside your car where it is warm and you are out of the elements. Snow also makes it difficult for other motorists on the road to see you, if you have left your car. Ice covered roads can also make a driver lose control of his or her car, which could slide and hit you.  Therefore, if your vehicle is in a safe spot, it is best to stay inside the vehicle with the doors locked. The main exception to this rule is that if it is snowing heavily, you will need to remove the snow buildup from around your car’s tailpipe. Otherwise, deadly carbon monoxide gas will fill your vehicle. If possible, try to exit passenger side, to avoid busy traffic.
  • Call for help: If you belong to a roadside assistance club, call them as soon as possible so they can send someone to help you. In inclement weather, it may take longer than usual for them to be able to send someone to your aid. If you do not belong to such a club, contact the local highway patrol. It is often best to waive off good Samaritans. While the person may genuinely want to help, you can never be too sure. It is better to wait for professional assistance.
  • Grab your emergency kit: The key to tackling a roadside emergency is to be prepared. All drivers should have an emergency kit in their car. This kit should include at minimum: jumper cables, roadside flares, quart of oil, antifreeze, first aid kit, fuses, flashlight with extra batteries, flat tire repair kit, tire pressure gauge, a pocket knife or Leatherman tool, pen and paper, blanket, ice scraper, kitty litter, granola/energy bars and bottled water. Whether you gather these items yourself or buy a pre-made kit, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with the items. That way in case of a real emergency you know exactly what to do.

Make your vehicle is visible to other motorists: It goes without saying, that you do not want to be hit by another vehicle who cannot see you stranded. The easiest thing to do is to make sure you have your hazard lights on. If you have flares or a hazard triangle in your emergency kit, those would be good to use as well.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries after being involved in an automobile accident, you do not have to tackle this situation alone. The experienced team of Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center and ready and willing to help you obtain the compensation you are due. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury attorneys, please contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924.  At The Handley Law Center we are passionate about providing injury victims with outstanding legal services.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Answer Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs are more common that most people think.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2010, there were approximately 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations or deaths due in whole or in part to TBIs. It is estimated that there are more than 5 million Americans living today that have some level of disability that was the result of a TBI. TBIs also contribute to close to 30% of all injury-related deaths.  With this in mind, the following information will help answer some common questions about TBIs:

What is a TBI?

Traumatic brain injuries usually occur from a sudden trauma, such as a bump or violent blow to the head or jolt to the body, which injures the brain. The brain can also be injured by an object that is able to penetrate through a person’s skull. Objects such as a bullet or even a piece of bone fragment from the skull itself, can result in a TBI.

What can cause TBIs?

TBIs are common, in part because there are many different ways a person can suffer trauma to the brain. The following are just some of the major causes of TBIs:

  • Traffic accidents: Any type of accident which involves two or more cars, trucks, motorcycles or even pedestrians, can cause a TBI. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 14% of the TBI cases between 2006 and 2010 were caused by motor vehicles and/or traffic accidents.
  • Slip and falls: The CDC estimates that the majority or over 40% of TBIs result from a slip and/or fall type accident. This can include a person who falls down stairs, off of a ladder or roof, slipping in the bath tub or falling out of bed.
  • Physical violence: The Mayo Clinic estimates that 20% of all TBIs are caused by physical violence such as domestic violence, gun-shot wounds and child abuse. Shaken baby syndrome is a type of TBI.
  • Sports: TBIs are common in sports such as football, boxing, hockey and soccer.
  • Combat: Active duty military personnel who are close to explosions and blasts can also suffer from TBIs.

Are there varying degrees of severity of TBIs?

TBIs can range in severity from mild, like a concussion, to severe, which can land a person in a coma or cause death. A person with a mild TBI may experience a mild headache and may lose consciousness for only mere seconds or a few minutes, or maybe not at all. Moderate TBI cases can result in the person losing consciousness anywhere from several minutes to a few hours. A person that loses consciousness for more than 6 hours is typically considered to be in a coma and has experienced a severe TBI.

How can a skilled personal injury attorney help?

If a loved one has suffered a TBI, an experienced injury attorney may be able to:

  • Make sure that medical bills are covered and paid by the appropriate insurance company;
  • Work to ensure that your loved one suffers no lost wages;
  • Secure payment for future treatment related to the injury; and/or
  • Hold the parties guilty of wrongdoing financially accountable.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident or wrong doing by another, it is important that you fully understand your legal options. Only skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys can properly evaluate your case and determine the best approach to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. The seasoned Personal Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center will fight to make sure that your rights are protected and that justice is served. To find out how an Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney can help you, contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. You can trust our attorneys to handle your case professionally and efficiently.