Oklahoma Motorcycle Attorneys Offer Tips for Staying Safe in Traffic

Whether you ride your motorcycle just for fun on the weekends or it is your main mode of transportation, one thing remains the same. The need to be safe. The biggest danger facing any motorcyclist are other vehicles. The drivers of these vehicles have a tendency not to see motorcycles. Each year too many motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed in collisions with automobiles whose drivers claim to have never seen the motorcyclist. This is true in part, because drivers of cars and trucks are trained to look for other cars and trucks. This makes it is especially dangerous for motorcyclists, when in heavy traffic. If you are riding your motorcycle in city traffic or on congested roadways, you need to be smart. The following tips can help you safely navigate heavy traffic:

  • Position yourself so you are visible to motorists: Many times after an accident with a motorcycle, a driver of a car will report that he or she “did not see” the motorcycle. Is this person lying? Most likely, no. Some recent medical studies are showing that the brain may not perceive motorcycles as they do cars and trucks, due to their smaller size. While brightly colored helmets and reflective jackets can help, they are by far not your best defense. The best thing any motorcyclist can do to be more visible to other motorists, is to position themselves correctly. This includes avoiding driving in another vehicle’s blind spots or adjacent to another vehicle. A motorcyclist is best if he or she can position themselves in front of another driver’s line of vision. This way, if the driver forgets to check his or her blind spots or changes lanes without signaling, he or she can do so without hitting the motorcyclist.
  • Maintain a safe following distance: A safe following distance is the distance a motorcyclist should keep between him or herself and the vehicle in front of them. The longer the following distance, the longer the motorcyclist has to react to the situation in front of him or her. The greater following distance also helps the motorcyclist to be more visible to oncoming traffic. A four second following distance is best, while a two second distance is considered the bare minimum.
  • Always have an escape lane: When riding in heavy traffic it is important for a motorcyclist to always have an escape route planned to avoid becoming sandwiched between two cars. If you think the car behind you is not slowing down in time to avoid hitting you, flash your brake lights and be prepared to make an escape.
  • Pick the best travel route: If you know you will be riding during a particularly busy time of day, take some time and plan your route. Sometimes the shortest route is not always the best route. You may find a route that is slightly longer, but can result in a lot less hassle. This does not mean however, that a less busy side street should be treated like a walk in the park. A neighborhood street can just as easily result in a close call. A motorcyclist must always be on guard.

If you were seriously injured in a motorcycle collision then you need a skilled and compassionate Oklahoma Motorcycle Attorneys who understand motorcycle injury law. At The Handley Law Center our experienced team of litigators have helped countless motorcycle injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Only an accomplished Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney who is well-versed in motorcycle injury law can help properly defend your rights. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury attorneys contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924. You can trust our team of injury professionals to provide you with aggressive representation.

Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys Answers a Few of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Grandparent Rights

In this country, a parent’s rights to his or her child(ren) are protected by the United States Constitution. While grandparents are not afforded rights under the Constitution, this does not mean they are without rights. Rather, grandparent rights are statutory or established by a state’s legislature. Thus, each state will vary on the rights given to grandparents. These laws are often quite complicated, as the rights given to grandparents by the state cannot overstep a parent’s Constitutional rights to his or her child. Therefore, it is important if you would like to pursue grandparent visitation, to find an attorney who is skilled in the area of grandparent visitation law. Only an experienced family law attorney will be able to carefully review your unique situation and properly advise you of your rights. In any case, the following are some of the most frequently asked questions grandparents have about grandparent rights in Oklahoma:

Can a grandparent be appointed guardian of a grandchild?

There are several reasons why a court would appoint a guardian for a child. Most of the time a guardian is appointed when a parent is unable to care for a child. A parent may be considered to be unable to care for a child, if he or she is: out of the country, physically or mentally unfit, called for military duty, or incarcerated. In these situations and certain others, a grandparent of the child has the right to file a petition with the court seeking guardianship of the child.

Under what type of scenarios can a grandparent request visitation with a grandchild?

There are several common scenarios where a grandparent may request and be granted visitation with a grandchild. In each scenario, the following things usually must be true:

  • Parents of the grandchild were at some time married; and
  • Grandchild is living with a parent; and
  • Grandparent requesting visitation had a strong continuous relationship with his or her grandchild; and
  • Parents of the grandchild have filed for divorce, annulment or separation; or
  • Parent (son or daughter of grandparent) of the grandchild has died; or
  • Parent (son or daughter of grandparent) of the grandchild has a felony conviction and is incarcerated.

Keep in mind that in every situation, the burden is on the grandparent to prove his or her case. There are also many exceptions, so it is always best to consult with an attorney to determine your likelihood of being granted visitation.

Can a grandparent be granted visitation if the child’s parents are married and living together?

Sometimes, grandparents find themselves in the difficult situation where they had a relationship with their grandchild but, due to a falling out with their own child or their child’s spouse, they are no longer permitted to see the grandchild. If the parents of the grandchild in this situation are married and living together, then the parent’s decision not to have the grandparents involved with the child, will trump the grandparent’s desire for visitation, and any petition brought by the grandparents will be denied.

If you are a grandparent looking to establish regular visitation with your grandchild, the first thing you should do is talk with experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys. Only a family law attorney who is well-versed in grandparent visitation law can provide you with proper legal advice. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our caring family law attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. At The Handley Law Center, a seasoned Oklahoma Family Law Attorney will carefully review your unique situation, explain your rights and discuss your options with you. Call us today to get started!

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Holiday Road-Trip Travel Tips

If you are planning to take a little road trip this holiday season, be advised you are not alone. According to the motor club giant AAA, close to 99 million people throughout the country are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home either via car or plane over the holidays. More than 9 out of 10 drivers will choose to drive. This means that the roadways will be all a bustle with travelers. In fact, this estimate predicts the highest number of travelers since AAA started keeping data back in 2001.

Why will travelers be hitting the roads in record numbers this year? Part of the reason is the low prices at the gas pumps. The other factors that are thought to be contributing to the record number of travelers, include the fact that the economy is looking better to many and that Christmas falls on a Thursday, which allows for a long holiday weekend. If you are one of millions of Americans that will be packing the car up for a holiday road trip, remember that your first priority should be on safety. With so many people on the roads, this is as important as ever. Follow these tips to ensure that you make it to destination without incident:

  • Avoid the busiest travel days: According to AAA, the busiest travel day of the year is usually the day before Christmas eve (in addition to the day before Thanksgiving). If your travel plans allow, you may want to avoid traveling on this day by leaving a day or so earlier or later.
  • Inspect your vehicle: Winter weather driving requires that your vehicle be in tip-top shape. Before setting out, make sure to schedule a thorough inspection of your vehicle. If you are more of a “do-it-yourselfer,” make sure you examine your car’s tires and windshield wipers for wear. Also take a minute to top off all fluids, especially windshield wiper fluid, and to restock your car’s emergency kit.
  • Review and revise your travel route: While many people rely on GPS systems to get them where they are going, it is not a bad idea to have a map or printed directions on how to get to your destination just in case a signal is unattainable. It is also a smart idea to familiarize yourself with the route before you head out. Check the national weather forecast too, to avoid potential storms and winter weather.
  • Have your cell phone and charger with you: If you have a cell phone, make sure you take it with you along with a car charger. GPS map apps can quickly drain a battery, so it is best to have a car charger with you.
  • Carry emergency numbers with you: Before you head out, program a few emergency numbers into your phone’s contact list. This way you will have the numbers handy in case an emergency strikes.
  • Avoid driving long stretches: While it may be tempting to minimize stops to make it to your destination in record time, you would be wise to make semi-frequent stops to stretch and give yourself a mental break from the road.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries after being involved in a serious automobile accident, be aware that an experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorney can help. The skilled team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys at The Handle Law Center understand the devastating consequences a car accident can have on a person’s life. When you are injured, you need an injury attorney who can fight for 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, our Canadian County Attorneys pride themselves on providing clients with superior legal services.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Answer Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Slip and Fall Accidents

Countless people are injured each and every year from slip and fall type accidents. Slip and fall accidents are just one type of injury case that come under the category of premises liability cases. Common examples of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Tripping over uneven pavement, cluttered floors, loose floor tiles, torn carpeting, electrical cords or some other unmarked hazard;
  • Slipping and falling on flooring that was treated with an excessive amount of floor polish or wax;
  • Slipping on floors that had spilled liquids or other slick substances;
  • Falling down due to improperly maintained staircases or staircases that did not have proper handrails; and
  • Nursing home neglect.

Can serious injuries result from a slip and fall accident?

Many folks are under the impression that slip and fall accidents are not ‘real’ accidents that result in ‘real’ injuries. However, that is just not true. While some slip and fall accident can result in minor injuries, such as scrapes and bruises, serious injuries are not uncommon. Serious slip and fall accidents can result in severe injuries including herniated discs, broken bones, torn rotator cuffs, spinal cord injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 40% of traumatic brain injuries result from slip and fall type accidents. The CDC also estimated that more than 17,000 people each year in the U.S. die as the result of slip and fall type accidents.

When may a property or business owner be liable for a slip and fall accident?

In Oklahoma, the owner of an establishment has a duty to keep up his or her property so that it is safe for customers and other guests who come onto the property. If the owner fails in his or her duty and a customer or person who has permission to be on the premises is injured, then he or she can be held liable. The standard to determine whether the owner is liable is “whether a reasonable person would have seen and/or appreciated the danger.”  So, a property owner that puts up a big sign alerting customers that the floor is wet in a spot, may not be liable for a person who fell and was injured as a result of stepping in the wet area if he or she did not see the sign, if it is determined by a judge or jury that a reasonable person would have seen the sign and acted accordingly.

How can a skilled personal injury attorney help?

If you have suffered a serious injury from a slip and fall accident, an experienced injury attorney may be able to:

  • Make sure that medical bills are covered and paid by the appropriate insurance company;
  • Recover lost wages;
  • Obtain payment for future treatment related to the injury; and/or
  • Hold the owner financially liable for physical pain and/or emotional suffering.

If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury after slipping, tripping and/or falling while on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, only a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney can properly evaluate your case and determine the best approach to obtain the compensation to which may be entitled. The seasoned Oklahoma 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 The Handley Law Center can help you, contact us to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. Call us today at (405) 295-1924 to learn more about how we can make a difference for you.