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.

Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Say Finding a Good Attorney Takes More than Just Luck

All too often people select the wrong attorney to represent them in a divorce. The difference between hiring the wrong attorney and the right attorney is not insignificant. Not only can the difference have a dramatic impact on the outcome of one’s case— but it can also make a big difference along the way. Think of it like this—if you had to take a cross-country journey would you rather travel in a luxurious RV or squashed in the back seat of a compact car? Both options will get you where you need to go, but most would admit that the RV would make the ride a lot more comfortable. The same can be true when it comes to selecting a divorce attorney. Hiring the right attorney can make the divorce process go much smoother and with less delay, less stress and surprisingly, costing one less money.

When it comes to hiring a divorce or family law attorney, you owe it to yourself to rely on more than just the luck of the draw. The following are a few tips to help you find the right divorce attorney for you:

  1. Do not procrastinate. They are very few people who are completely caught off guard when the need to hire a divorce attorney arises. Most people have known for quite some time that their marriage is not working. Do not wait until your spouse has you served with divorce papers to start the search for a divorce attorney. The chances are that if you wait too long, your spouse may have snagged the attorney you wanted, or he or she may have met with several in his or her search. What this means is that now none of the attorneys your spouse met with will meet with you, due to the potential for a conflict of interest. Waiting too long to hire an attorney can also cause you to make a selection based on not skill or fit but based on who has the availability to meet with you.
  1. Do your research. Talk with friends, family members, and even co-workers to find out what they liked and maybe even disliked about his or her divorce attorney. You may be surprised that he or she may give a strong recommendation for the attorney that represented his or her spouse. However, do not stop your search there. Talk with your financial advisor, CPA or even the attorney you used for your will to give you a recommendation. Then after you have a few names, begin researching not only the attorney but also the law firm. Make sure that the attorneys you are considering have significant experience in handling divorce cases.
  1. Schedule a consultation. Before you consider hiring an attorney, you will want to meet with him or her. Come prepared with questions and be sure to listen to his or her responses to your questions. Ask yourself, if you feel comfortable talking with this attorney and do you trust in him or her to handle your case? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then the fit is wrong. Remember to trust your gut.

A divorce is important life event. With so much at stake including your children and your financial future, do not rely on luck to find a qualified Oklahoma Divorce Attorney. It is important to seek out an experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorney who will be by your side throughout the process. At the Handley Law Center, our trusted team of Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys will take the time to answer your questions and educate you on your legal options, so that you can you make the best possible decisions for your family. To discover how The Handley Law Center can assist you with your divorce or other family law matter contact us at (405) 295-1924. We offer completely confidential consultations.

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Wrong-Way Collisions

When someone hears that a friend or a loved one has been involved in an accident, the first question that pops out of his or her mouth is one of concern—asking if the person is okay. This is a natural response, as accidents can often lead to quite serious injuries. In some cases, after an accident the vehicle the person was in, is unrecognizable, but the driver can walk away with only scratches, cuts, and bruises. In other cases, the vehicle suffers minor accident damage, but the driver suffers life-threatening or disabling injuries. Certain types of accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries than others. One of the most dangerous types of accidents for a driver is a wrong-way collision.

Wrong-way collisions, or when two cars headed in opposite directions collide, happen when one vehicle enters a lane of oncoming traffic. Due to the very nature of this type of accident, neither driver has much if any time to react in an attempt to avoid the accident, since both drivers are headed unknowingly towards each other. Also to make things even more dangerous, wrong-way collisions usually occur at moderate to high rates of speed. For these reasons, wrong-way collisions most often result in head-on impact. While vehicle safety devices, such as driver side airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners, are designed to protect a driver in case of a head-on collision are helpful, they are often not enough to absorb the significant impact of this type of collision.

There are two main causes of wrong-way collisions. The most obvious cause is some error made by the driver that causes him or her to head into oncoming traffic. Sometimes, this is the result of an innocent mistake like a driver from out-of-town who is unfamiliar with a particular road and makes a wrong turn, maybe mistaking an off ramp as an entrance. However, more often when the driver is the cause, it is due to poor decision making on the driver. The driver is either distracted by his or her use of a cell phone, driving drowsy, or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For example, a driver who is “buzzed” or “tipsy” may not being paying attention and may miss a sign that direct motorists of a change in traffic pattern. In other cases, the driver is so intoxicated that he or she veers across the center line on an undivided highway.

However, the wrong-way driver is not the only cause of wrong-way collisions. The following problems can also lead to wrong-way collisions:

  • Weather that interferes with the driver’s visibility such as heavy rain or snow and fog.
  • Missing or inadequate signage to alert a driver as to how he or she needs to proceed.
  • Heavy vegetation or some other obstacle that prevents a driver from seeing needed signage.
  • Road construction that is poorly marked or that creates an unnatural traffic pattern.
  • Poor lighting that prohibits a driver from being able to see the necessary signage.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a wrong-way auto accident, please take the time to meet with an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys, like those at The Handley Law Center, can properly evaluate your case and determine the best way to protect your rights. Our experienced injury attorneys have fought for the rights of countless injury victims throughout Oklahoma. The 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 veteran injury attorneys to fight for you!

 

Oklahoma Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys Offer Ways to Make Sure Your Grandparent is Safe in a Nursing Facility

Grandparents are special people in our lives. When we were little, they took care of us and now it may be our turn to look out after them. Nursing facilities are often the best places to meet our elderly relative’s needs. However, how can one be certain that his or her grandparent is receiving the necessary care? The following are five ways you can help make sure your grandparent is properly cared for:

  1. Drop in. The most important thing you can do to help your loved one to drop by and say hello. Unannounced visits will help you see the real conditions of the facility. If the staff discourages unannounced visits or seems upset when you arrive unplanned, take this is a big red flag.
  1. Keep the conversation going. A great way to spend time with a grandparent is simply to engage in conversation. He or she will want to hear what is new with you, but also you may have lots you want to know about them. Grandparents often are excited to share childhood memories and family history. Older adults are also great at giving advice. Even if your loved one suffers from memory loss or dementia, try to keep the conversation going. Remember, have patience and discuss one topic at a time. Non-verbal communication like eye and smiling are important too! Pay special attention if he or she brings up the nursing staff or his or her experiences at the facility.
  1. Continue to make memories. Some of our best childhood memories are often the times we spent with our grandparents. Maybe it was fishing trips with grandpa or Sunday family dinner cooked by grandma. Now that a grandparent resides in a nursing facility does not mean the memory making should not stop. Help your loved one stay involved in your life by taking them on outings or if that is not possible, bring in photos of your recent adventures. You can also bring something for the two of you to do together like a puzzle, craft or a game. If your loved one enjoys reading bring a book or magazine.
  1. Watch out for signs of neglect and abuse. Signs of neglect and abuse can include the following: missing valuables, dirty or unkempt room, injuries or accidents, bruising, bedsores, improper hygiene, dehydration, weight loss, unappetizing meals, isolation, and being dressed inappropriately.
  1. Talk to staff. When you visit your loved one, make sure that you take the time to talk to the staff and ask questions. If you notice something that seems odd or amiss, ask. If the staff dodge your questions or give you unsatisfactory responses, that again should be a red flag. Also, keep your eye out to see how the staff interacts with your loved one and other residents. Ask yourself, does my loved one seem comfortable around the staff? Does the staff interact with my loved one appropriately? Do I recognize the staff from my last visit or does it seem like the facility have a high staff turnover rate?

If your loved is a nursing facility resident and has suffered from neglect or abuse, it is important to contact our Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys as soon as possible. At The Handley Law Center, we understand how devastating it can be to discover that your loved one has been mistreated or harmed in any way. At The Handley Law Center, we make it our goal to obtain justice for our clients and their families. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of skilled nursing home neglect attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924.

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Offer Tips to Prevent Winter Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are one of most common ways people are injured while on another person’s property. This type of accident can happen indoors or outside and at any time of the year. While many people think of slip and fall accidents as something that happens when a person takes a tumble after walking on to a wet section flooring, slip and fall accidents happen outdoors as well.

Winter weather often makes traveling outdoors dicey. Snow and ice often create havoc on the roadways and are a major cause of car accidents. However, snow and ice can also make travel quite treacherous for those traveling by foot as well. For example, ice covered walkways can lead to someone losing their footing and hitting their head or back. People are frequently injured trying to prevent a slip and fall accident. In those precious milliseconds that happen after a person starts to slip, but before they fall, people often reach out to grab on to something that could lessen their fall. However, sometimes the act of grabbing a railing can cause serious shoulder injuries.

Most people think of slip and fall injuries as being quite minor like a bruised buttock or ego. However, that is not the case. In fact, serious and even life threatening injuries can occur as a result of what seems to a quite simple slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents can lead to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and permanent disabilities.

Despite the fact that winter is almost over, does not mean the risk of slip and fall accidents is gone. While daytime highs may feel like spring, the evening lows often drop below freezing, causing moisture on the sidewalks or walkways to freeze. Water dripping from gutters or roofs can also cause patches of ice to form on the ground below—which can be quite the surprise for the unwary pedestrian.

The good news is that there are things one can do to prevent a winter slip and fall accident. The following are some of our best safety tips:

  • Wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear when walking outdoors. Opt to take and change into dressier or more fashionable footwear once you reach your destination.
  • Hold on to the railing if one is provided.
  • Avoid carrying items in your hands while trying to maneuver. Instead, opt for a backpack or over the arm bag to carry items.
  • Use caution when exiting and entering a vehicle.
  • While keeping one’s hands in their coat pockets is a good way to keep them warm in winter weather, it is better to wear mittens or gloves and have one’s hands out and available in case they are needed to help break a fall.
  • Avoid distractions and pay attention to your surroundings. Do not try to text or talk and walk. If it is dusk or evening, carry a flashlight or walk in well-lit areas only.
  • Take small, careful steps. Avoid changing direction abruptly or walking too fast.

If you have suffered a serious injury after being involved in a slip and fall accident while on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys can help you determine the best approach to take to obtain full compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys will fight to make sure that your rights are protected, and that justice is served. Trust only our skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys to properly evaluate your case. To find out how The Handley Law Center can help you, contact us today at (405) 295-1924, to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys Ask: Could Valentine’s Day Break Your Marriage?

Valentine’s Day is the holiday that is supposed to be all about romance. However, not all couples spend Valentine’s Day “feeling the love.” Instead, for some coupled individuals, the holiday may have them seeing red—and not in a red roses sort of way. Take, for example, the following scenario:

You and your spouse seem to be living in separate universes that rarely collide. Sure, you have contemplated divorce several times, but you want to try and stick it out for the sake of your children. However, lately, you wonder how long you can live like ships passing in the dark. So you decide this Valentine’s Day, despite your lack of culinary skills, to make a special romantic dinner for you and your spouse. Your hope is that some quality alone time would be good for the two of you, and help start to get your marriage back on track. You run to three separate stores to purchase all of the ingredients and spend hours in the kitchen. The children are grandma’s house, dinner is just about ready, and then it happens. Moments before your spouse is due to arrive home you receive a phone call from them saying that they had something important come up at work and that they will be home late. Your spouse hangs up, without evening mentioning the words “Valentine’s Day.” You are not sure when your spouse came home because by then you were already asleep.

Ouch! While this scenario may not cause every individual to run to their phone to schedule an appointment with their divorce attorney, it does for some. In fact, this type of situation is quite typical of Valentine’s Day occurrences that serve as the proverbial “straw” that breaks the camel’s back for many folks. In fact, February is typically the busiest month for divorce filings, with the days after Valentine’s Day seeing the biggest spike in traffic to divorce attorney referral websites. However, what is it about February that makes so many people decide to pull the plug on their marriage? The following of some of the reasons behind why February has become a popular month to file for divorce:

  1. January. It also just so happens that February proceeds the biggest month for bankruptcy filings. When a couple files for bankruptcy it brings to a head often years of money problems that have plagued and often divided a couple. One of the biggest reasons couples give for divorcing is financial disagreements.
  2. Infidelity: A cheating spouse that is trying to keep his or her lover and spouse both happy often fails or makes a mistake on Valentine’s Day and is found out.
  3. Tax returns. People often use their tax return to finance large purchases. In some cases, people wait to file for divorce until they receive their tax return to help pay for the attorney retainer and to physically separate from their spouse.
  4. Holidays have ended. Lastly, many individuals put off filing for divorce until after the holidays are over to avoid looking like the bad guy.

If you are considering ending your marriage, it is often most helpful to speak with our experienced Oklahoma Divorce Attorneys before you come to a conclusion. A skilled Oklahoma Divorce Attorney will able to answer your questions and review your legal rights with you. At The Handley Law Center, we understand that the decision to file for divorce is often life-altering and we are prepared to help our clients through each step of the legal process. Our attorneys will take the time to provide you with the information you need to help make your decision. Contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a consultation.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Discuss What To Do if You are Involved in a Winter Wreck

A light dusting of snow on the ground during the winter holidays can be quite pretty and often adds to the magic of the season. However, when snow and ice blank the roadways the scene is far from magical—it can be the stuff of nightmares. Sure, sometimes winter weather can be more of an inconvenience, like shoveling snow from the driveway. Other times winter precipitation can take a fatal turn, like when roadways turn slick with black ice or after a bout of freezing rain.

Unfortunately, motorists do not always get to pick and choose when they have to be on roadways. Kids may have school canceled for bad weather, but adults rarely receive the option of staying home when the roads look dicey. Driving on streets that are made hazardous with winter precipitation is a recipe for an accident. Some winter driving accidents are just a case of bad luck—and there is no one to blame but Mother Nature. Other times, winter accidents are due to the negligence on the part of one or more drivers. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, it can be next to impossible to tell if the accident was someone’s fault or if it was just purely a case of bad weather conditions. Even if the police at the scene do not further investigate, this does not mean no one was at fault. Your attorney will do his or her own research to determine if another driver can be held liable.

As as a driver, though, there are things you can and should do after an accident to protect yourself and your interests. The following are steps a motorist should take if he or she is involved in a winter wreck:

  1. Turn on your emergency lights. The first thing you will want to do after impact is to make sure that you are visible to other motorists. If your emergency flashers are operational, turn them on.
  2. Check for injuries. Determine if you or anyone in your vehicle is injured. Also, check on other vehicles or persons also involved in the accident. Call for help if needed.
  3. Make the decision to stay or go. If everyone is okay to leave the accident area, determine whether it is safer to stay by or in your vehicle or whether you need to leave the area.
  4. Determine if police should be called and make the phone call.
  5. Exchange information. Gather names, telephone numbers, license information, insurance details, and any witness contact information.
  6. Take photos. With your cell phone camera, take pictures of the scene including damage and visible injuries.
  7. Stay quiet. Do not discuss the cause of the accident or admit to any wrongdoing. Avoid becoming involved in a verbal altercation with anyone. Stay at the scene until police tell you that you can leave.
  8. Call your insurance company and determine the time frame for making a claim.
  9. Schedule an appointment to meet with your Oklahoma personal injury attorney. He or she will be able to help you determine your rights and to see if you have a case and help you obtain compensation for your injuries.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an auto accident this winter, take the time to meet with an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys, like those at The Handley Law Center, can properly advocate and protect the rights of accident victims. Our veteran injury attorneys have fought for the rights of countless injury victims throughout Oklahoma. The 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 outstanding injury attorneys to fight for you!

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Cautions Motorists to Think Twice Before Drinking and Driving This Super Bowl

The Super Bowl has a unique following of fans. Of course, there are those people who are fans of the two teams playing and just plain old professional football fans in general. However, the Super Bowl attracts more than just football lovers. Surprisingly, there are some folks who tune into the game just to watch the commercials. They could care less about the game itself. Then there are those people that enjoy the half-time show. However, one of the most popular reasons people watch the Super Bowl is because it is a great reason to get together with friends and family and have a party! At most Super Bowl parties, the game comes second to the excessive spread of food and beverages. Probably the most surprising thing about the Super Bowl is that it is one of the most dangerous days to be on the roadways.

You may have heard, but the number of automobile accidents rises quite dramatically after the big game. While it may sound like an old wives’ tale, it turns out that it is true. In 2003, researchers at the University of Toronto found a 40 percent increase in motor vehicle collisions in the hours after the Super Bowl. The accident rate in the first hour after the game jumped 70 percent. The reason of course, for the rise in accidents, has been linked to alcohol consumption. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest drinking “holidays” of the year. The Super Bowl ranks right up there with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Cinco de Mayo, Thanksgiving Eve, and even Valentine’s Day as holidays where people are mostly likely to drink to excess and drive. Alcohol is the biggest factor when it comes to the increase in accidents on Super Bowl Sunday, but it is not the only factor. Other contributory factors include driver fatigue from staying up late to watch the end of the game, night-time driving, winter weather conditions and driver distraction.

The good news is that accidents caused by drivers who under the influence of alcohol are preventable. Keep these tips in mind to make sure that you have a memorable but safe Super Bowl:

  1. Ride shares: Leave your car keys at home and arrange to have a ride share service like Uber or Lyft pick you and take you home from the party.
  1. Designate a sober driver: Arrange ahead of time for someone to take you home, or better yet, have that person take you to the party as well.
  1. Stay off the roads: Since the most dangerous time to be on the roadways is the few hours after the game, try not to be on the roads during that time if you can at all avoid it, even if you are sober.

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Super Bowl Sunday, it is important to contact our seasoned Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys at your earliest opportunity. DUI is a serious offense in the state of Oklahoma. Even first-time offenders can face serious consequences if found guilty. Do not make the mistake of representing yourself or accepting whatever deal the State’s Attorney happens to throw your way.  At The Handley Law Center, our team of skilled Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys will advise you of your rights and determine what defenses you may have to beat the charges. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with aggressive representation.

 

 

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Warn of The Dangers of Tired Truck Drivers

One moment you are driving along the highway, maybe you are headed home from work or an evening out with your significant other. Then, the next moment you know, you have been in an accident. Accidents happen so fast, and often without warning that many accident survivors often report having incomplete memories of the event. In fact, depending on the nature of the victim’s injuries, he or she may have no memory of the accident whatsoever.

One type of accident where victims report not being able to recall what led up to the accident is after being involved in a wreck with a semi-truck. Semi-truck accidents are often very serious in nature due to the overall size difference between a large commercial truck and a passenger vehicle. Semi-trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times what the average passenger vehicle weighs—leaving survivors of this type of collision feeling lucky to have survived.

While there are many causes of semi-truck accidents, one of the most common causes is a driver who is drowsy or who has fallen asleep at the wheel. Fatigued driving is not only dangerous for passenger drivers, but it can be downright deadly when the driver is behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound truck.

In 2014, the van in which actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was riding in, was slammed into by a Walmart tractor-trailer, critically injuring Morgan and killing another passenger. Prosecutors in the case said that the truck driver responsible for the accident had not slept in more than 24 hours. While sleep-deprived driving may be a best-kept secret amongst truck drivers, it is not a new thing.

Lawmakers have tried to curb the problem of tired truckers. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced new regulations that reduced the maximum work week for truck drivers from 82 to 70 hours. It was the hope at the time that the new regulation would prevent 1,400 crashes, 560 injuries and save 19 lives. In 2013 the same year the regulation took effect, there were more than 3,500 truck wrecks which killed close to 4,000. The difficult part about drowsy driving is that there is no simple blood or urine test to check to see after the crash if the driver was indeed fatigued.

Remember, if you were involved in an accident are not sure who or what caused the accident—and have no real memory of the events, it is okay! Since victims often do not have perfect memories about the accident—it is vitally important to speak with an injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. One of the things that a good injury attorney will do is to research and investigate the possible the causes of the accident. Your attorney can help you put together the pieces of your case and determine whether you can hold another person responsible for your injuries and losses.

If you were seriously injured in a semi-truck accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Then, before you speak to anyone else including the insurance company, contact an experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorney. Only a skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorney can determine if you may be able to hold the trucking company or the truck driver liable for your injuries. The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are veteran injury attorneys who have helped countless accident victims obtain proper 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 be an aggressive advocate for your rights!