Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Offer Cyclists Tips For Staying Safe this Spring

Spring is in the air, and for many of us, that means getting outside! If you are a cyclist, the fact that winter is over means it is time to hit the open road. There is no better way to revel in springtime than to hop back on your bike. However, before you do, it is a good idea to brush up on safety precautions that can help prevent you from becoming a victim in an auto accident. The following are some tips to help keep you safe this season:

  1. Check the weather. Knowing the weather conditions before you head out is key. If rain is forecasted, for example, bike brakes do not work as well in wet conditions, so you will want to proceed with caution. If there is a chance for severe weather, you may want to reschedule your trip.
  1. Plan your route, not just your destination. Sometimes we assume that the best way to reach a destination by bicycle is the same we would travel there by car. But this is often not the case. While bikes have the same rights to the roadways as cars—as a cyclist you may have a more enjoyable ride if you opt for the road less traveled.
  1. Evaluate road conditions. Although the sun may be shining when you are ready to head out in the morning, an overnight rain burst may have caused road conditions to become a little sloppy. If heavy traffic is anticipated due to the time of day or construction, you may want to consider an alternate route. Keeping your speed under 15 mph can also be beneficial to give you enough time to stop or react appropriately.
  1. Be present. Hopping on one’s bike is a gray to unplug and let go. Whether your ride is for pleasure or necessity, it is nice to feel the breeze on your face. However, too often people forget to truly “unplug” before the set off on their bike. Using electronic devices like cell phones and ear phones can be very dangerous, especially to a biker. Anything that interferes with a person’s senses and serves as a distraction.
  1. Ride like you are invisible. In an accident between a bike and a car, it is more often than not, that the cyclist is the person to fare the worst. This is why it is important to cyclists to do everything they can to protect themselves from being involved in an accident. One of the best ways to do just that is for a cyclist to pretend like that they cannot be seen by cars—that they, in fact, While this may sound a bit crazy, it makes sense. Often drivers who have been in accidents with bicyclists report afterward not having seen the cyclist. The advantage of adopting this attitude is that the cyclist will do everything do everything in their control to protect themselves, rather than to rely on the assumption that drivers can see them and will act accordingly.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being hit by a car while riding a bicycle, it is important to contact a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can properly examine your case and make sure that the wrongdoer is held accountable. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are dedicated advocates who understand the devastating impact an accident can have on a victim and their family. You can trust our team of experienced injury attorneys to fight for your rights. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our qualified injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

 

Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Discuss How to Co-Parent After a Difficult Divorce

Some divorces are simple, straightforward and resolve quickly with little to no fanfare. Other divorces are nothing of the sort. These divorces can be long, drawn-out affairs that to anyone appear quite ugly. It is fairly easy to imagine two people parenting their children after the former, but not such much after the later. It seems almost impossible that two people who had so much angst against each other during the divorce could agree on anything, much less parenting a child, post-divorce. It may seem incredible, but the fact is that countless “couples” like this do it every day.

This is not to say that co-parenting is easy—it is not. Even happily married couples have problems when it comes to parenting, and that is because parenting is tough. Like people often say parenting is the toughest job out there, and it is true. However, there are things you can do to help make co-parenting easier on you, your children and even your ex. The following are some tips to help make the co-parenting transition easier on everyone:

  1. Always remember why. Co-parenting with your ex may be the toughest thing you ever do in life. The biggest key to successful co-parenting is always to remember why you are doing it and that is simple—because it is best for your kids. Children do the best when they have two parents who can set aside their differences and put their needs first.
  1. Start a new relationship with your ex. While it is easier said than done, it is important to think of you and your ex as having a new relationship now, one where the only goal is to raise happy and healthy children. Trudging up and reliving old fights will not help you with that goal. Instead, leave the past where it belongs, in the past, and start fresh. You and your ex are no long romantic partners, but more like business partners.
  1. Communicate as business partners. Now that you and your ex are business partners, it is important to act as such. Remember, just like in business you do not have to agree with the other person all of the time or even like him or her. What is does mean is that you need to communicate and act professionally or respectfully with each other because at the end of the day—you are in this together. How do you do that? Leave out the emotions, snide remarks and nastiness. Instead, focus on one issue at a time, be polite and listen. If communication continues to be a big problem, seek mediation or a third-party who can help you to communicate better.
  1. Present a united front. The last place children need to be is in the middle of a disagreement or argument between their parents. Even if you are having problems with your ex, whether it be over communication problems or parenting strategies, your kids should be blissfully unaware. To your children, you and your ex should be seen as a united front, co-captains of the same team.

If you are encounter parenting problems with your ex after your divorce is finalized, it is important that you speak with an experienced Oklahoma Divorce Attorney sooner rather than later. Only skilled Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys can review your situation with you and determine what strategies, legal or otherwise, would work best for you. At The Handley Law Center, our compassionate attorneys understand how difficult divorce can be and that sometimes these difficulties can extend after the divorce is complete. Trust The Handley Law Center to be by your side every step of the way. To schedule, a consultation with one of our trained divorce attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Discuss Whether Text Ban on Drivers Goes Far Enough

Walk into any restaurant, and you will see in addition to diners eating and talking, you will observe that many have their cell phones in hand. Some are using their phones to snap photos of their food, others are chatting, and others are buried reading something on the screen, despite having one or more dining companions at the table with them. People are so attached to their smartphones that some even take their phones with them on a trip to the loo. So if people cannot part with their phones during a quick trip to the potty, it makes sense that this behavior continues when people step behind the wheel.

In May of 2015, lawmakers in Oklahoma finally passed a law that bans motorists from using their cellphones to text or send emails while behind the wheel. The law went into effect on November 1, 2015. Now, with the ban in place for just over a year, the law is starting to face some criticism, and rightly so.

The intent of the law was to make the roadways safer, but it seems that it is not having the desired effect due to problems with enforcement. The chief problem is that even though the law prohibits drivers from using their cell phones while behind the wheel, it is a challenge for law enforcement to prove that a motorist is breaking the law since the officer must see the driver using their phone. When a driver is texting and driving, the phone is often held out of the sight lines of law enforcement officers.

As of November of last year, Oklahoma City police have issued less than 200 citations to drivers found breaking the text ban law. Police officers in Norman Oklahoma have issued only 14 text-related warnings and 47 citations since the law took effect. But Oklahoma is not alone in its enforcement woes. Other states have reported similar problems enforcing local bans on texting while driving. In fact, officers in some states have had to adopt creatives methods in an attempt to catch motorists in the act. According to an article by the Associated Press, officers in areas of Tennessee have taken to the use of tractor-trailers while patrolling so that they are at a better vantage point to spot drivers breaking the law.

However, creative policing is not the solution. For many critics, the obvious solution to the problem is to broaden the law to ban the use of any handheld device behind the wheel. Currently, 14 states have such laws. The Oklahoma Legislature may need to consider strongly adopting such a ban, as the number of deaths due to cell phone usage and distraction continue to rise. In 2015, an estimated 3,500 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers according to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an auto accident with a driver was texting or otherwise distracted, you owe it to yourself to contact an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Only a skilled Injury Attorney can properly examine the facts of your case and determine whether you are entitled to 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 a victim. Trust our team of qualified attorneys to help you obtain the justice you deserve. 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 Divorce Attorneys Say Do Not Run From Your Child Support Obligation

Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments are often unaware of the severe repercussions for their actions. Not paying child support in a timely fashion is something the state of Oklahoma takes very seriously. In fact, the following actions can be taken against a person who has become delinquent with their child support payments:

  • Denial of a passport
  • Suspension of vehicle (car, boat, motorcycle, truck, ) registration
  • Placement of liens on property
  • Interception of tax returns
  • Held in contempt of court and sentenced to time in jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license
  • Suspension of professional license
  • Issuance of an order allowing employer to withhold income from paycheck
  • Seizure of assets

In February of this year, an Oklahoma County man made headlines when the District Attorney’s office there announced that it was attempting to track the man down for his failure to pay more than $84,000 in child support for seven of his children. The man now faces felony charges. That is because, in the state of Oklahoma, the failure to timely pay child support in some instances is a felony criminal charge. Per state law, a person can be charged with a felony if he or she fails to pay child support for a year or accrues more than $5,000 in back child support.

A felony charge is a very serious crime. If convicted of a felony, a person faces up to four years in prison. However, this is not the only consequence of a felony charge. In Oklahoma, a person with a felony on his or her record cannot: vote in a federal election, sit on a jury, or own or possess a firearm. A convicted felon is also prohibited from holding certain professions such as a chiropractor, funeral direction, surveyor, physical therapist, bank officer, corporate director, realtor, liquor dealer, or an executor or administrator a person’s estate. The following occupation areas are also not available to someone with a felony conviction: accounting, architecture, cosmetology, dentistry, engineering, nursing, pharmacology and veterinary science, just to name a few. Put another way, depending on your profession, not meeting one’s child support obligation could put into jeopardy one’s employment.

The important thing to remember is that if you have a child support order it needs to be paid in full and on-time until such time as the order has been changed. Sometimes, parents who have stopped paying child support believe that they have a valid reason to stop making the payments. For example, the payor has a dispute with the custodial parent over how he or she is spending the child support money or payor is denied visitation. However, neither of these situations are valid reasons for the payor to stop paying his or her child support. Rather, if you encounter a situation where you think your child support amount should be reduced, speak with an attorney who can help.

If you have found yourself in a situation where you have fallen behind on your child support payments, it is important that you make an appointment to speak with an Oklahoma Family Law Attorney. A person who fails to timely pay child support may not only be in violation of a court order, he or she could also be charged with a felony. It is important to seek out the advice of an experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney who can help you before you face serious consequences. At the Handley Law Center, our trusted team of Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys will take the time to answer your questions. To see how The Handley Law Center can assist you with your child support and other family law related matters, contact us at (405) 295-1924. We offer completely confidential consultations.