Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Warn – Don’t Get Burned This Holiday Season

The holiday season is the time of year when across the country, temperatures drop and a step outside in the evening is often met with a cool silence. However, step inside any home and the atmosphere instantly changes. You are greeted with warmth and usually a sea of commotion. Homes are filled with the hustle and bustle of the season; everyone is up to some task. Whether it be hanging holiday decorations, doing some last minute online shopping, or cooking and baking in preparation for holiday guests who may stay into the New Year. With so many people doing so many things all at once, the holidays can often be a time where despite the chill in the outdoor air, people get burned. No, not burned out (but yes, sadly that does happen too) but a burn injury.

In fact, around this time of year, there are four major types of burn injuries that are most common, which are:

  1. Kitchen-related Burns: During the holidays it is not uncommon for every burner on the stove and the oven to be in use all at the same time. However, all it takes is one pot handle to be sticking out the wrong way, and a person could receive a dangerous burn. Kitchen burns can also be caused by splattering grease or other hot liquids. It is important to make sure that there is always someone in the kitchen who can monitor the stove at all times. Do not let cooking food unattended!
  1. Burns from Hot Liquids: The holidays would not be the same without a cup of cheer. Whether you are drinking hot coffee, hot chocolate or a hot toddy to stay warm, it is important to make sure you prepare your drinks to be hot but not scalding. Burns from hot liquids can lead to second and even third-degree burns. So for safety, keep your glass half-full and your elbows in!
  1. Electrical Burns: Year after year, people head to the basement or attic, wherever the holiday decorations are stored, and dig up the box of holiday lights that have been used for what seems like generations. While lights are expensive and it makes sense to use them year after year, the problem is that over time lights become worn and the wires could become exposed. To avoid an electrical burn or prevent an electrical fire, make sure that your holiday lights are in good condition. Also never overload an outlet and do not string more light sets together than what is recommended by the manufacturer.
  1. Heat or Thermal Burns: Nothing is better than coming in from the cold and snuggling up by the fireplace. However, each year people receive painful heat burns from getting too close to a fireplace, space heater, or another heat source. If children are around, take special precautions to keep them from touching these hot items.

Lastly, keep in mind to always seek immediate medical attention in case of a burn injury.

If you have suffered a burn injury after being involved in an 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 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 a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney 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 Injury Attorneys Answer Questions Regarding Catastrophic Injury Cases

You are driving down the highway, cruising right along and then all of a sudden traffic comes to a complete stop. For miles and miles, all you can see is red brake lights, and your car does not budge. You sit baffled wondering what is going on up ahead. Finally, after what feels like an eternity, traffic begins to crawl at a snail’s pace. Then, after another eternity, you come alongside a horrific scene—a multi-car crash. As you creep by the wreck, you wonder how anyone could survive such an accident.

Sometimes, victims of terrible car crashes are able to walk away with relatively minor injuries. Other times, victims suffer severe injuries that will forever impact their lives. These severe injuries are what are referred to as “catastrophic injuries.” If you are not familiar with catastrophic injury cases, the following is what you need to know:

  1. What qualifies as a catastrophic injury?

A catastrophic injury is an injury that is so severe that the victim is left with a permanent impairment. Catastrophic injuries prevent the victim from returning to his or her previous form of employment due to disability and often result in a shortened life expectancy. Most catastrophic injuries result from trauma to the victim’s brain or spinal cord. Injuries that are considered catastrophic in nature impact a person both in the short and long-term.

  1. How do catastrophic injuries occur?

While car accidents are a major cause of catastrophic injuries, they are not the only cause. A person can suffer from a catastrophic injury after being involved in a workplace accident, a sports-related incident, fire or explosion, violent crime, or even medical malpractice or a birth injury.

  1. What makes catastrophic injury cases different from other types of injury cases?

Catastrophic injury cases are very different from other types of injury cases. Due to the very nature of their injuries, catastrophic injury victims have extensive long-term needs. In calculating an appropriate compensation award, it is important for an attorney to take into consideration future expenses and losses that have not yet been incurred. For example, a victim who was severely injured as a child may need treatments well into adulthood and the full extent of his or her injuries may not be known for years to come.

  1. What should one consider before hiring an attorney to represent them in a catastrophic injury case?

It is important for an attorney representing a catastrophic injury victim to be able to anticipate future problems so to ensure that the victim is fully compensated. The attorney must also understand and know how to reach every possible source of recovery for the victim. Because too often the wrongdoer has little to no insurance and the amount of the victim’s underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage, which often will not come close to matching the losses sustained by the victim. For these reasons and others, it is critical to select an injury attorney who is experienced in handling catastrophic injury cases.

If you or a loved one was severely injured after being involved in a car accident, it is important to contact an Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney who has extensive experience handling catastrophic injury cases. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma Injury Attorneys can review your case and give you a determination of what your case may be worth. Trust only a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney to evaluate your case and provide you with compassionate advocacy. To learn how The Handley Law Center can help you, contact our office today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Share Tips for Bringing in the New Year with a Bang Not a Burn

Do you know where you are you going to be when the clock strikes midnight on the 31st day of December? Ringing in the New Year is cause for celebration, which most of us partake in—only the venue differs. While some people prefer a large gala, others prefer a smaller and more intimate setting, perhaps at home with friends and family, or even curled up in front of the television. Regardless of the style of celebration one selects, the key event of any New Year’s Eve event is the same –the final countdown to greet the new year. Fireworks are often one way that people choose to add to the festivity of the night. However, while fireworks are often a people pleaser, they are not without hazards.

Improper use of fireworks can lead to serious injuries and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve are the two biggest days of the year for firework related injuries.

For these reasons, it is often best to let fireworks to the professionals. However, should you choose to make fireworks part of your celebration, it is vital to take precautions. To make sure that you greet the New Year with a bang and not a burn, keep in mind these important safety tips:

  1. Sobriety is important. Do not mix fireworks and drugs or alcohol. A person who is under the influence of drugs has impaired judgment and coordination. Make sure that the person in charge of fireworks this holiday will remain sober.
  2. Keep children away. Never let a child handle or play with fireworks. While some fireworks, like sparklers, seem less dangerous, they are a major cause of injury. Most people are unaware of how hot a sparkler can become—reaching a temperature of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit or hot enough to melt gold.
  3. Buy and use legal fireworks only. Any fireworks used should be legal and have a proper label. Illegal, homemade and fireworks intended for professional use only, account for a substantial number of injuries each year.
  4. Have a safe zone to light fireworks. Never point a firework in the direction of a building, person or anything flammable.
  5. Understand lighting basics. Before lighting a firework, make sure that the firework is properly placed on the ground. Do not hold a firework when attempting to light it. Always wear eye protection and never attempt to relight a “dud” firework.
  6. Be prepared for an emergency.  Just in case something does go wrong, make sure that you have water or a fire extinguisher handy. It is also a good idea to have a phone nearby in the event you need to call for help.

Lastly, while the sale of most fireworks is permitted in the state of Oklahoma, it is important to check with your city or town first before setting off any fireworks. Local ordinances which regulate the specifics regarding the sale and display of fireworks can vary greatly. In some locations, permits are required to display fireworks.

If you have suffered a severe injury after being involved in an accident while on someone else’s property or due to the fault of another, 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 the compensation to which you may be entitled. Trust only skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorneys to review your case. The Handley Law Center will fight to make sure that your rights are protected and that justice is served. To find out how our team of attorneys can help you, contact us today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Caution Motorists of the Dangers of Driving Close to Home

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, especially for motorists. With so many things to do and people to see, it seems like there is always need to jump in the car and go. Most of these trips do not take us but a few miles from home. However, if you count the number of trips, it can add up. There are the daily trips to the grocery store for must need and forgotten items; frequent shopping trips to buy last minute presents and teacher gifts; running of children to dress rehearsals and recitals; not to mention the parties, church events, trips to the post office, and the list goes on and on. It is not surprising that most people feel like they put more miles on their vehicle during the holidays than Santa puts on his sleigh in one night!

The good part about most of these trips is that they do not lead us far from home. We are just going a few miles in either direction. However, while shorter trips may save on gas, these trips are not necessarily safer than a long distance trip. In fact, studies have shown that more than half of all reported crashes occur less than 5 miles from a person’s home and more than 70 percent happen less than 15 miles from home. These statistics often surprise people who most often assume that longer trips are inherently less safe. For example, when you tell someone you are driving out of state on a trip, you often hear “drive safe!”, however, you do not hear that same sentiment when you tell someone you are headed to work or to run an errand.

What makes driving so close to home so dangerous? Part of the reason is that when we drive close to home, we feel comfortable since these are the roads we drive every day. This comfortableness often leads us to drive in a more relaxed state where our brains go on auto-pilot. You know you have driven on auto-pilot when you arrive in your driveway and realize that you cannot recall the last few miles of your drive. When people drive on “autopilot” they are often unaware of the obstacles and objects in front of them. The scariest part is that most people have at one time driven on autopilot.

What can motorists do to prevent driving on autopilot? The key to being safe behind the wheel whether you are 1, 15 or 500 miles from home is the same— always be alert. It is important not to fall into a comfort zone despite the fact you know the roads like the back of your hand. Accidents happen not necessarily because a motorist is unfamiliar with the roads, but when something out of the ordinary happens—an animal jumps out into the road, a driver fails to come to a complete stop or a vehicle has equipment failure.

This holiday season, make sure that you and your passengers wear your safety belts each and every time you are in the car, regardless of the length of the trip—and continue this habit well into the New Year!

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an auto accident this holiday season, please seek the advice of a seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only a highly experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney, 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. 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 fight for you!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Discuss the Rise of Traffic Fatalities

One would think with all the safety improvements made over the last few decades that our country’s roadways would be safer than ever. One would also think that with all the educational programs targeting drivers to slow down and drive sober that traffic fatalities would be at an all-time low. However, this is not the case. Despite all these efforts, traffic deaths in 2015 exceeded 35,000.

This data is shocking to many people, as this number ends a 5-decade trend of declining roadway deaths. The fact is that 2,348 more people were killed in 2015 compared to 2014, an increase of more than 7 percent. No one is more shocked by the data than the Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the White House—all of which have issued a call to action to help decrease traffic-related fatalities.

While these agencies are scratching their heads to determine a solution to conquer the rise in the number of deaths, there are some known reasons why the increase has occurred. Data collected by the NHTSA revealed that one reason might be an increase in the total amount of driving. Increased driving alone can lead to an increase in traffic deaths. In 2015, the number of vehicle miles traveled or VMT increased by over 3.5 percent. This marks an increase not seen in 25 years. Two factors that contributed to the surge in VMT include an increase job growth and low fuel prices. The NHTSA found that in 2015 there was a rise in leisure driving and the number of young drivers. The data also showed a rise in the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed. These two groups of fatalities reached numbers not seen in almost 20 years. Motorcycle deaths also increased dramatically in 2015—by more than 8 percent.

What is to blame for these increases in fatalities? Most often the cause can be attributed to a group of actions known collectively as the “human factor.” The human factor is any factor that relates to human capabilities, limitations, physical conditions, and psychological states that affect a driver’s performance. Common human factors that lead to accidents include drivers who are distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drowsy, speeding or not wearing seat belts. The following statistics put the “human factor” into a scary perspective:

  • About 1 in 10 fatalities involved a driver who was distracted.
  • Close to 50 percent of all fatalities was linked to drivers or passengers who were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
  • Approximately 1 in 3 traffic related deaths involved a driver who was speeding or intoxicated.

To protect your loved ones and especially any young drivers, stress to each of them the importance of buckling up, to never drive with a person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and to put the cell phone down when driving. These simple tips can help keep them safe!

If you were seriously injured in an auto accident, it is important to first seek immediate medical attention. However, before you speak with the insurance company it is critical for you to contact experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorneys. Only a skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorney can determine if you may be able to hold another driver liable for your injuries. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are seasoned injury attorneys who have helped countless accident victims obtain proper financial compensation for their injuries. 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. You can trust our attorneys to fight for your rights!

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Urge Thanksgiving Day Travelers to Be Alert

The best part about the Thanksgiving holiday is the chance to spend time with friends and family. However, this means that unless you are hosting this year’s festivities, you will need to travel. For some estimated 12 million people, Thanksgiving travel necessitates hopping on a plane, train or a bus. However, for another 34 million or so Americans, a car ride of more than 50 miles is required. But whether your car ride is cross country or a relatively short trip across town, the same risks typically apply. One of the lesser talked about risks of Thanksgiving travel is drowsy driving.

Driving drowsiness may not sound all that serious, but being sleepy behind the wheel affects one’s ability to drive safely. Drivers who are fatigued have more difficulty paying attention to the road and are less able to make good decisions. A drowsy driver also has slower reaction times when it comes to needing to brake or steer suddenly.

Holidays are busy times of the year with non-stop family activities, work events, and social commitments. Besides all of that, who has time to sleep when there are less than 30 shopping days to go! So it makes sense that by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, many adults are suffering from sleep deprivation. This combined with the fact that the days are shorter means many Americans will be hitting the roadways for Thanksgiving travel in the dark with not enough shut eye!

So what can drivers do to combat fatigued driving? Of course, the simple answer is to get enough sleep. While the holidays can be hectic, it is important to hit the hay at the same time each night. Also, do not drive at times when your body is used to being asleep. If you have to travel at night, try to break up the drive with an overnight stay at a hotel or make sure you have a co-pilot that will help keep you alert.

However, even people who have a short drive are at risk of drowsy driving. Especially if the person has an undiagnosed sleep disorder or is taking medication that makes them tired. Combine any of these risk factors with a big Thanksgiving dinner, and you have a recipe for a drowsy driver. Forget about the tryptophan in the turkey! A huge multi-course feast, washed down with a glass or two of wine, all while relaxing with family and friends is a formula for sleepiness! So do not fight it! Rather, take a nap if you can before hitting the road.

Also, all drivers need to be aware of the warning signs of drowsy driving. If you begin to experience any of the following, pull over and let someone else do the driving:

  • Find yourself unable to recall the last few miles of driving
  • Miss an exit or turn
  • Begin to drift from your lane
  • Frequently blink or yawn
  • Hit the rumble strip

Stay safe this holiday travels season and be wary of drowsy drivers!

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a Thanksgiving Day auto accident, it is important to seek the advice of a seasoned injury attorney at your first opportunity. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are veteran injury attorneys who have helped countless injury victims obtain proper compensation for their injuries. Our compassionate attorneys understand the deep and devastating physical and emotional impacts an accident can have on a person and his or her family.  The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center will fight to obtain the justice you deserve. Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our skilled injury attorneys.