Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Ask – How Safe is Your Child Inside the Car?

From the moment you are handed your precious bundle of joy, your parental instincts to protect this child from harm kick into high gear. Suddenly, the scariest thing you think of doing is driving anywhere with your child in tow. How can you share the road now that you have a child—people drive like lunatics! So you do the things any sane parent would do. You purchase the best car seat you can afford, trade in your sporty two-door car for an ultra-safe minivan, and vow to drive at least five mph under the speed limit until your child’s fortieth birthday. While these strategies may benefit your child in the event you are in an accident; there is something just as important that most parents never do and that is to declutter.

As any parent knows, children come with a ton of stuff. Any trip with a child involves tons of stuff. The stuff, is the other reason parents opt for a larger vehicle like an SUV or a minivan—because they need somewhere to put all the STUFF! A day trip to grandma’s house requires almost as much stuff as a weekend getaway. The problem with the all the stuff is that it is difficult to keep it contained in a car. Strollers, sippy cups, toys, diaper bags, are all tossed in alongside the groceries and the travel mug full of coffee. The problem with all of this clutter is that in the event of an accident or a sudden hard stop, any of these objects can become projectiles.

People often scoff at the idea of being hit by an item in their vehicle. However, if a baseball has ever hit you in the arm or leg—you can begin to appreciate the pain and damage even a small flying object can have. A baseball or even a hockey puck is only about a half of a pound—so about the same as a tablet, cell phone or book. Even a 5-pound object at 30 mph will hit with 150 pounds of force, which is pretty significant especially when you think of the object hitting your child in the head or face. A few years ago a Denver parent learned this fact the hard way when her two-year-old was practically scalped by a soft-spouted sippy cup which became a projectile during an accident.

To protect your children from projectiles in the car, follow these tips:

  • Evaluate the contents of your vehicle and remove any unnecessary items.
  • Store any heavy objects, like suitcases and strollers, in the trunk or cargo area.
  • Keep only the most needed items out and keep the rest of the stuff in a storage box in the truck or cargo area.
  • Consider trading in your metal coffee cup for a lightweight plastic cup. If you cannot part with your insulated cup, consider storing it the door storage area rather than the cup holder.
  • Children’s backpacks and coats can are best stored on the floor under their feet.
  • Move items like purses and electronic devices to the floor or in other storage compartments.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an auto accident, schedule an appointment to speak with an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney can serve as your advocate and protect your rights. At the Handley Law Center, our seasoned injury attorneys have fought on behalf of countless injury victims throughout Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center will work diligently to make sure that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Call The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. Our attorneys will not stop fighting for you!

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Caution Motorists to Proceed with Caution Around Large Trucks this Spring

Motorists often think that the worst driving season is behind them once the flowers start to bloom and the snow and ice melt. Just because winter is over and done, do not think that travel is suddenly smooth sailing. While the winter season is no one’s favorite season to navigate, every season has its challenges. Spring has its set of hazards, which not only impact motorists but professional truck drivers as well.

Unfortunately, motorists often forget the complexities of driving near these 18-wheeled monstrosities. Just because winter is over does not mean that you do not have to proceed with caution near these big rigs. Spring can wreak havoc of its own and the last place any motorist wants to find themselves is in an accident with an 80,000-pound truck. To stay safe and out of harm’s way this spring, watch out for these problems Mother Nature can throw your way:

Rain and standing water: We all are familiar with the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” but sometimes April and May bring more than just a few sprinkles. In fact, downpours are not uncommon and can leave roadways partial flooded or with isolated areas of standing water. Trucks, when they hit these patches of water, can kick up a large spray of water. If you happen to be following too closely behind a truck when this occurs, it can feel like you are driving in a car wash—unable to see much in front of including the brake lights of the truck. So it is always wise to increase your following distance in wet weather.

Construction zones: Construction zones in the spring are as common as dandelions. To safely navigate a construction zone, keep in mind that large trucks cannot stop on a dime. So if you need to merge because your lane is ending, do not wait until the last minute and pull in front of a semi-truck (or even a car for that matter). While a car should be able to stop, in this situation, a truck may not be able to because they simply require a much longer braking distance.

Poor road conditions: Snow and ice, freeze and thaw cycles, and the chemical agents used to the keep the roads safe to drive on in winter are all very abusive to the roadways. Spring roads are often dotted with potholes, cracks and uneven pavement. Due to large nature of semi-trucks, hitting a patch of bumpy road at a high rate of speed can cause their load to shift and the truck to become unstable. Rough roads or holes can also cause a truck to blow out a tire. For these reasons, it is important to give a truck lots of space, so that you can properly navigate around them if necessary.

Wind: Windy weather for most motorists is often seen more as an annoyance than a driving hazard. However, due to their large nature, semi-trucks are prone to catching lots of wind. If the semi-truck is empty or carrying a very light-weight load, a strong wind can cause the truck to tip. As a motorist, it is critical to never drive next to a semi-truck in windy weather. If you have to pass, do so as quickly as possible.

If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Then, before you speak with anyone else including the at-fault party’s insurance company, you will want to contact an experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorney. Only experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorneys can determine if you can hold the trucking company or the truck driver liable for your injuries. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are skilled injury attorneys who have helped countless truck accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our compassionate injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust our attorneys to fight for your rights!

 

 

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Caution Motorists on the Dangers of Night Driving

As an adult, you know certain things about yourself that you may not have known when you were just a teenager. For example, you know how you like your coffee and the way you prefer your eggs in the morning. You know if you are funny, shy, or outspoken. You also know what your most productive hours of the day—if you prefer to rise with the sun or if you are more of an up all night type. However, whether you are an early bird or a night owl, one thing remains true—driving at night is dangerous for everyone. In fact, nighttime driving is more dangerous than daytime driving, despite the fact the roadways are far less congested. Even though approximately 75 percent of all driving happens during the day, more than 50 percent of all driving deaths happen at night. What makes night time driving so dangerous? The following are the five main culprits:

  1. Impaired drivers. It is estimated that 30 people die daily in crashes involving a drunk driver according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drunk driving while a problem at any time of the day, is especially deadly at night. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2014, drunk driving involvement in fatal crashes was four times higher at night compared to the daytime.
  2. Driving at night is challenging because so many Americans are already sleep deprived and are now driving at a time when they are usually asleep. The times that the highest amount of crashes or near-misses occur are at times most people, even night owls, are in bed: 4 am – 6 am and midnight – 2 a.m. Alcohol usage and even some drugs can also play a factor in causing a driver to become drowsy.
  3. Cell phone usage. While cell phone usage is a big distraction for all motorists, it is also something that becomes even more dangerous when done at night. Motorists who are looking down at their illuminated screen to dial a phone number or text, need time for their eyes to adjust back to the dark road ahead.
  4. Decreased night vision. Our night vision is what allows us to see in low-light conditions. As we age, our night-vision becomes poorer. In other words, a driver in his or her 50’s may need twice as much light to see as well as a driver who is only in his or her 30’s. If you find that your night vision is too compromised, it is best to restrict driving to daytime driving only.
  5. Even with great night vision, a motorist can only see approximately 250 feet in front of them with normal headlights and about 500 feet with high beams. The lack of light also makes it difficult to see road hazards, like animals who may have wandered onto the road or a piece of debris, until it is too late to avoid a crash.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in a night-time auto accident, you owe it to yourself to contact a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney as early as possible. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can examine the facts of your case and determine whether you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are compassionate advocates who understand the devastating impact a serious car crash can have on a victim and his or her family. You can trust our team of qualified attorneys to help you get back on your feet fast. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our veteran injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Offer Tips to Protect Yourself After an Accident

If you were in a car accident would you know what to do? While it is common to plan for positive life events, like weddings and babies, not many of us plan for the negative ones. Since no one plans to be in an accident, it makes that few of us actually know what to do right after impact. This is unfortunate because so much can be done in the aftermath of an accident to protect one’s self. If you are involved in a car accident, do not be caught off guard. The following is a list of things you can do to protect your legal interests:

  1. Stop the car. Do not make the mistake of leaving the scene of an accident, even if the accident is minor.
  2. Clear the roadway. Unless your injuries or damage to your vehicle is severe, it best to move your vehicle to the side or shoulder of the road. Clearing the roadway prevents further accidents from motorists who come upon the scene. If it is dark and vehicles cannot be safely moved, turn on your vehicle’s flashers and set up roadside
  3. Notify the police. Once you have made sure that everyone involved in the accident is safe, you will want to notify the police. Any time there is significant damage to property or injuries you will need to contact the police so that a report can be made.
  4. Speak carefully. After an accident, emotions of all participants are running high. Since what you say to the police or others at the scene is critically important, it is best to speak carefully. Do not admit wrongdoing. If you are asked a question, do not speculate or make any guesses. Tell only the information you know and if you do not know the answer, then respond as such. For example, if you are asked if you are hurt but are to shaken up to know for sure, say you do not know.
  5. Contact your insurance company. Per your insurance policy, you will need to contact your insurance company after the accident. Do not make the mistake of speaking with the other party’s insurance company. You are not required to speak with them. Instead contact your insurance company and your attorney first.
  6. Obtain witness contact information. A witnesses’ testimony is one of the key pieces of evidence what happened to cause the accident and in determining who is at fault. Make sure to obtain contact information for each witness, especially if they cannot stick around for the police to arrive.
  7. Take photos. Put your smartphone to good use. Snap photos of the scene before cars are moved to the side of the road. It is also a good idea to take photos of any obvious injuries, like cuts and scrapes. Make sure to take photos of anything from the scene that you think may be helpful or that proves your account of what happened.
  8. Contact an attorney. One of the best things you can do if you are in an accident to protect your interests is to contact an attorney. He or she will be able to serve as your guide throughout the process and make sure that your rights are protected.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an auto accident, protect yourself by seeking the advice of a seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only a highly experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney can advocate on your behalf and safeguard your rights. At the Handley Law Center, our veteran injury attorneys have fought for the rights of countless injury victims. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center will work diligently to make sure that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Call The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. You can trust our team of compassionate injury attorneys to serve you well!