Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Encourage Your Family to Make Sober Driving Part of Your Holiday Traditions

While Thanksgiving may always be on a Thursday, how each American celebrates this holiday varies. For some families, the holiday means a turkey dinner and all the trimmings, made by grandma and her team of helpers. For other families, volunteering to serve others in need is the preferred way to spend the day. As families grow and change, traditions can change too. Maybe this year, your family is incorporating a new tradition. Perhaps the kids will serve the adults dessert, or after dinner, everyone will go for a long walk before indulging in a slice of pie. These traditions are what makes Thanksgiving special.

However, not all activities associated with Thanksgiving would be missed if they went forgotten this year. For example, the holiday season (or the period between Thanksgiving Eve and New Year’s Day)—is often associated with an increase in drunk driving and alcohol-related accidents and fatalities. In fact, an estimated 1,200 people die each year in alcohol-related crashes during the holiday season. Another 25,000 will be injured during the same period. But the good news is this “tradition” does not have to continue and your holiday gatherings can help stop the trend! The following are just a few ways you can help support sober drivers this holiday season:

  • Be a good hostess: If you are hosting a gathering of people, make sure that you have plenty of non-alcoholic beverage options to offer your guests. Do not put a guest in the awkward position of having to request something non-alcoholic. Remember too that alcohol-free does not have to be boring! Sure soda and juices are nice but do not stop there. Lots of festive alcohol-free options exist—including sparkling waters and ciders, non-alcoholic beer, wine and even bubbly! Alternatively, make up a pitcher of a signature ‘mock’tail that guests can add liquor too if they desire.
  • Do not pass the pressure: During the holidays, it seems like a festive mood always includes a few people who are always encouraging others to indulge. You know the aunt that is always offering seconds and thirds of her famous pie. While Thanksgiving, in particular, may be the holiday to allow yourself an extra helping—do not encourage anyone to drink in excess or make anyone feel like they need to drink alcohol to enjoy in the fun.
  • Rescue those in need: The holidays are often stressful for many Therefore it should be no surprise that approximately 16% of people say they drink more than usually do. So if you notice that Uncle Frank is interrogating Cousin Eddie about his pending divorce, causing him to reach for another beer—intervene. Perhaps you can change the topic of conversation or ask your cousin to help you in the kitchen.
  • Take the keys: Do not let anyone leave your house for the holidays if he or she are under the influence of alcohol.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an accident with a drunk driver, it is important to contact a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can examine the facts of your case and determine the best course of action for obtaining just compensation for your injuries. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are compassionate advocates who understand the devastating impact a serious car crash can have on the victim and their family. Trust our team of attorneys to fight zealously for you. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

 

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Caution Drivers To Travel With Care This Holiday Season

If you stop and think for just a minute of all things you have to do between now and Christmas, you may consider crawling back into bed and hibernating for the remainder of 2016. The holidays, while fun and festive, can also be energy draining and time consuming. With so many things to do and so little time to do them, it is more important than ever to travel with care this season—because no one has time for an accident! That being said, the holiday season often sees a spike in car accidents. To help your family stay safe between Thanksgiving Eve and New Year’s Day, take a moment to understand why holiday driving can be so dangerous:

  1. Impaired drivers: For some folks, the holiday season makes it difficult to turn down another glass of wine or cup of eggnog—even when they have to drive home. The holiday season often sees a rise in the number of drivers who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  1. Weather: We all know that the holidays would not be the same without a little sprinkling of snow. However, even the smallest amount of snow can make the roadways slippery. That is why it is important to check road conditions before you head out and if they are truly terrible, consider staying put.
  1. Speeding: Of course trying to accomplish 101 things in just a few short weeks means that you have to be fast, right? Drivers rushing to squeeze in more errand or carve a few hours off of a long distance trip are often tempted to become a little heavy footed with the gas pedal. Unfortunately for everyone though, exceeding the posted speed limit is not only against the law it is also a major cause of accidents.
  1. Stress: While the holidays can bring out the best in some people, they can also bring out the worst in others. Stressed drivers often exhibit aggressive driving behaviors. Drivers under stress may also try to multi-task while driving by using their smart phone to talk or text or even browse the web.
  1. Fatigue: With so many things to do before Santa arrives who has time to sleep? Many drivers fall victim to trying to do too much on too little shut-eye. Drowsy drivers, like impaired drivers, are not just a risk to themselves but to everyone else on the road with them. In fact, one study showed that drivers who got between 6-7 hours of sleep a night were twice as likely to be involved in a car accident than those drivers who got 8 or more hours of sleep a night.
  1. Congestion: With some many vehicles on the roadways and even in parking lots, all it takes is one teeny tiny mistake to turn into a major accident. Driving in congestion takes not only a person’s complete attention but also his or her patience. Try to slow down and remain calm. Remember, losing one’s cool never helped anyone get to where they were going any faster.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an auto accident this holiday season, it is important to seek the advice of a seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are veteran injury attorneys who have fought for the rights of countless injury victims. Our compassionate attorneys understand the impact a serious accident can have on a person and their family. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center will work diligently to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. Trust our team of dedicated injury attorneys to fight for you!

 

Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys Encourage Divorced Parents Try To Put A Positive Spin on Co-Parenting This Holiday Season

The holidays are all about spending quality time with those that you love. For a parent, nothing is more special that to watch your children enjoy the magic of the season. This adage holds true whether you are happily married or divorced. However, unlike married parents, the nature of your relationship with your ex, could make this simple goal feel like an uphill battle. Clearly, there is enough stress around the holidays without adding co-parenting tension. So to help your divorced family enjoy the holidays, follow these tips for a more relaxed and child-focused holiday:

  1. Stop and try to see the holidays through your child’s eyes. Co-parenting often requires sharing or alternating holidays. For some parents, this turns out to making children go through the motions of the holidays twice, once for mom and once for dad. So a child may be expected to eat two big turkey dinners or sitting through two church services—which very likely may not be something your child wants to do. Instead, think of how you can spend quality time with your child without making them feel they need to do everything twice.
  1. If you can be nice, come together. While kids understand that their parents are divorced, this does not mean that they would not love to spend the holiday with both of their parents together. Now, this is not always possible or even a good idea. However, if you and your ex can pull it off—it may be worth it to share the holiday. Perhaps you can invite your ex over for a light excursion after the big meal or for coffee and dessert. Whatever you do, do not attempt this if you think you and your ex are not able to be on your best behavior.
  1. Consider allowing your ex to have time on your holiday. If you alternate holidays with your ex, it can be difficult in those years when you do not get to spend time with your children. Therefore, try to put yourself in your ex’s shoes and perhaps allow your ex to have some time with the children on the holiday, even it is for a just a few hours. You may even get lucky the following year and your ex will return the favor.
  1. Keep your grievances away from your children. Sometimes all it takes is a well-meaning relative to inquire as to how things are going for you post-divorce for a conversation for “adults only” to begin. Airing your grievances within earshot of your children is a no-no. Remember your children love your ex and bashing him or her, only hurts them.
  1. Remember to allow for new traditions. A divorce often means doing things differently than when you were married. While this may be sad in some respects, it is also the opportunity to start new traditions with your children. It is these little things, which children will remember for years to come.

If encounter a problem with your parenting agreement post-divorce, an experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney may be able to seek a modification. Skilled Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys will able to address your concerns and explain your legal options. At The Handley Law Center, we understand that even though your divorce is completed, problems with parenting agreements can still occur. To see what our team of family law attorneys will recommend for you, contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924. No matter if you need someone to mediate a dispute or to zealously defend your rights in court—our attorneys are prepared to do just that.

Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys Want You to Let Someone Else Do the Driving this Holiday Season

The holiday season is already in motion. Look around, and you will see that turkeys and pumpkins are being replaced with chubby guys in red suits and twinkling lights. Turn on the radio and songs about snowmen and mistletoe are overflowing from every station. Even if you are not quite ready for it—the season is here! Soon invites to holiday parties and family get-togethers will be clogging your inbox. If you are like many people, you may have more than one commitment a day—because this time of year it is always difficult to say turn down an offer to join in holiday merriment. Instead, most of us just accept the hustle and bustle that this time of year brings, thinking there will be time to relax come January. While this strategy may serve many of us well—it is important not to forget when to say “no” especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

While driving sober is not the stuff of holiday carols—it should echo a sentiment that rings loud and clear throughout the holiday season. It is important to keep in mind that enjoying time with family and friends does not mean that you cannot partake of a cup of holiday cheer—it just means that you may have to do a little planning and consider letting someone else do the driving this holiday. The following are a few ways you can enjoy the holiday hoopla without getting behind the wheel:

  • Hop into someone else’s car: If you need to hit a few parties who wants to deal with the hassle of driving and parking—especially if you are venturing some distance from home. Many cities offer ride services like Lyft and Uber in addition to or in lieu of a traditional cab company. All you need to do is download an app to your smartphone, and you can leave the driving to someone else. The best part is that these services are relatively inexpensive!
  • Let someone drive your car: Traveling to Oklahoma City for a holiday gala? Then consider using the service “BeMyDD”—which offers its customers the luxury of a having someone else drive their car but at rates much lower than a traditional chauffeur.
  • If all else fails, call AAA: This year, several cities in Oklahoma are participating in the “Tipsy Tow” program including Ardmore, Bartlesville, Enid, Lawton, Muskogee, Shawnee, Tahlequah in addition to Metro Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The service is simple to use and FREE to both members and non-members alike. If you feel like you should not drive home just contact AAA and they will arrange for you and a guest to taken home within in a 15-mile radius of your point of pick-up—including towing your car! The service is available from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Day.

If you were arrested and charged with driving under the influence this holiday season, it is important to seek the advice of a skilled Oklahoma DUI Attorney. A conviction for driving under the influence can hurt not only your pocket book with fines but may also impact your personal relationships and your livelihood. Do not make the mistake of treating a DUI like a parking ticket. At The Handley Law Center, our team of experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys will properly advise you of your rights and help you unearth any defenses. Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with quality representation.