Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Bus Crashes

Want to get away but do not want to deal with the long lines at the airport? For those individuals who want to avoid air transportation, be it for a fear of flying or any other reason, one of the best alternatives is to take a bus. In most cases, bus transportation is less expensive than the cost of a plane ticket. To boot, the number of destinations available to bus passengers can far exceed those available via commercial planes. Like air travel, another benefit of bus travel is that it is a fairly safe mode of transportation. That being said, bus accidents can and do occur each year. If you travel by bus from time to time, you may have concerns about bus safety. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions that Oklahoma residents have about bus crashes:

How common are bus crashes?

According to The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”), in 2014 alone there were close to 68,000 crashes involving buses. Of the almost 30,000 fatal crashes in the U.S. about 233 involved a bus. The data collected also found that approximately 11,000 bus passengers suffered injuries during a crash and another 44 bus passengers were killed.

What types of injuries can passengers suffer in a bus crash?

Just like a victim in a car accident, bus crash victims commonly suffer injuries like whiplash, bruises, cuts, scrapes, broken bones and head trauma. However, due to the very nature and design of buses, serious injuries are common. For example, since buses do not have air bags and most do not have safety belts, more severe injuries like brain, spinal cord and burn injuries are not uncommon.

Why do bus accidents occur?

Just like car accidents, most bus accidents occur due to some type of human error. In a bus accident, this “error” can either be due to the acts of another driver or the driver of the bus. Common causes of bus accidents, that are not attributable to another driver, include:

  • Improperly trained bus drivers
  • Bus drivers that are fatigued or otherwise distracted
  • Bus drivers that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Buses that are not properly maintained
  • Improperly loaded buses or bus that are overloaded
  • Drivers that are not properly trained

How can I be sure that the bus company I am using has a reputation for safety?

While price and schedule are important criteria when selecting a bus company, these should not be your only criteria. Before booking a bus trip, take a minute to download the “SaferBus” mobile application. This app which is available to both Android and iPhone users, can help passengers select a quality bus company. The app can quickly allow you to:

  • Find out if the bus company is allowed to operate;
  • Review the bus company’s safety performance for the last 24 months; and
  • File a complaint about the safety or service of a particular bus company.

If you were seriously injured in a bus crash, it is important to first seek immediate medical attention. You will also want to contact experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorneys as you may be able to hold someone else liable for your injuries. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are seasoned injury attorneys who have helped countless accident victims obtain proper financial recourse for their injuries. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our skilled 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 Recognize National Youth Traffic Safety Month

Being of a parent of a teen driver is just plain scary. Especially when you discover that 50 percent of all teen drivers will be involved in a car accident before they don their cap and gown at their high school graduation. This is why it is important for parents to take a minute and talk to their teens. Take this opportunity during National Youth Traffic Safety Month to be sure your teen knows how to be safe on the road.

Does your teen understand what it means to be a safe driver?

Parents often worry that other teens and celebrity role models have too big of an influence on their child. While it is true that teens do not live in a bubble, absent the world of social media and peer pressure, this should not be cause for alarm. This is because parents, yes parents, are the biggest influence on their teens. Now from time to time you may feel that your teen has selective hearing when it comes to your advice, it is important to know that they are listening. That being said, repetition of the basic safety rules is important. Educate and remind your teen often of the five basic rules they need to follow each and every time they get into a car:

  1. Buckle up! Stress to your teen the importance of buckling up each and every time they get into a car, regardless of whether they are a passenger or the driver.
  2. No cell phones! Learning a new skill like driving takes focus and a person’s complete attention. Someone who is talking or texting on a cell phone while driving cannot devote his or her complete attention to the task of driving. Distracted driving is not only dangerous habit, it can be deadly. Parents can help drive home the importance of this rule by abiding by this rule themselves. Remember your teen is not only listening to you, but watching you as well.
  3. No extra passengers! While cell phones are a major distraction for any driver, they may not be the worst distraction for teen drivers. Research by the National Safety Council finds that teen passengers may be the biggest distraction for teenage drivers. In fact, teenage drivers were 44 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal accident when they were driving with passengers in the car.
  4. Follow posted speed limits! Speeding is not only illegal it is also dangerous. Crashes involving teen drivers that were speeding were more likely to result in injuries and fatalities.
  5. No alcohol! Tell your teen that driving sober is the only way to drive. Make sure that he or she understands that you and the law have a zero tolerance on driving under the influence.

Overall, it is important for parents to keep in mind that the biggest reasons teens crash is because they are inexperienced. Learning to become a good driver takes time. But being a safe driver is easy!

If your teenager was seriously injured after being involved in a car accident it is important to contact an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney right away. Only a skilled Injury Attorney can examine the facts of your child’s case and determine whether he or she may be entitled to receive compensation for his or her injuries. The Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are fierce advocates who will work hard to make sure that your teen obtains the justice he or she deserves. You can trust our team of qualified attorneys to be with your family every step of the process. 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 Family Law Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Ending a marriage is never easy. However, for victims of domestic and intimate partner violence leaving a marriage or relationship may be the most dangerous thing they ever attempt to do. It is estimated that 75 percent of women who are killed by their intimate partners are murdered at the time they attempt to leave or just after they have left the abusive relationship.

Sadly, domestic and intimate partner violence is no stranger to the State of Oklahoma.

  • It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men in Oklahoma have experienced violence by an intimate partner.
  • According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, Oklahoma ranked 3rd in the country for the largest number of women killed in domestic violence related homicides for the past two years in a row.
  • A 2013 Center for Disease Control’s National Violence against Women Survey found that the lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner to be greater in Oklahoma than any other state.
  • It is estimated that a third of all women murdered in Oklahoma are killed by their husbands.
  • A study by the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Task Force found that 41 percent of all homicides in Oklahoma were linked to domestic violence.

Despite its prevalence, often people are not necessarily familiar with what domestic or intimate partner abuse looks like. Most individuals tend to think of domestic abuse as an act of physical violence. While physical violence, like hitting, punching, shoving, kicking, biting and throwing of objects, can and does occur, it is not the only type of abuse from which victim suffer.

Just as serious as physical abuse is emotional or verbal abuse. Emotional abuse can include things like yelling, trying to control the victim, belittling the victim, tearing down the victim’s self-esteem, and threatening physical violence or other forms of abuse against the victim or her children. Sexual abuse is another form of abuse. Abusers may try to force their victim to engage in sexual behavior that victim does not wish to do.

The scariest part about domestic and intimate partner abuse is that it knows no boundaries. Individuals of both sexes, all races, and of any age can and do become victims. Domestic violence does not discriminate against education level, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or religious beliefs. Intimate partner violence can strike in urban, suburban and rural communities alike. No one is safe.

The most important things to remember if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship are:

  • Victims are never to blame for the abuse. The abuser alone is responsible for his or her behavior.
  • Abusers do not necessarily act awful all of the time. Abusers can be nice and do nice things. However, over time victims notice that these periods of niceness or calm only occur right after an abusive episode and do not last long.
  • If you or your children are in danger, get help. Contact a domestic violence hotline, reach out to a trusted friend or family member, or call the police or 911.

If you are in abusive or violence relationship and are considering leaving the marriage, it is important to seek the counsel of one of our experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys, if at all possible. Domestic violence is not to be taken lightly and leaving an abusive relationship is a dangerous time for a victim. In speaking with an Oklahoma Family Law Attorney, he or she can advise you how to best protect yourself and your children. To make an appointment with one of our skilled Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Warn Motorists of the Dangers of Driver Fatigue

Americans are busy people. It seems like there are never enough hours in a day to accomplish all that seems to be need to be done. Hectic lifestyles often lead people to shortcut the amount of sleep that they truly need to function. Tired drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but also to the other motorists and passengers with whom they share the roadways. According to data collected by the National Highway Safety Administration, driver fatigue is a serious safety concern. In 2013 alone, fatigued drivers were the cause of more than 72,000 accidents, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths.

Who is most at risk of drowsy driving?

Obviously drivers who have not received enough sleep are clearly at risk of drowsy driving. But unfortunately, drivers running on a lack of sleep are not the only fatigued drivers on the road. Other at risk group of drivers include:

  • Shift workers and drivers who work 3rd shift or night shift
  • Long-haul drivers and other commercial drivers who drive for prolonged periods of time
  • Drivers who are under the influence of drugs, either prescription medications or other drugs, like alcohol, that have side effects that cause drowsiness
  • Drivers who suffer from an undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorder. Some studies estimate that the number of Americans who have a sleep disorder could exceed 70 million people.

Why is drowsy driving so dangerous?

Of course, the most dangerous part of drowsy driving is the risk of the driver falling asleep at the wheel. But snoozing at the switch is not the only danger drowsy driving poses. Fatigued drivers are more likely to engage in other hazardous driving behaviors due to their lack of Zs. Lack of sleep causes drivers to have:

  • Slower reaction times which can lead to not being able to brake or swerve in time to avoid an accident.
  • Less focus on the road as drivers struggle to stay alert
  • Greater chance of engaging in aggressive driving behaviors
  • Brain fog which can interfere with the drivers’ decision-making abilities

Prevention is key!

While most adults require an average of seven hours of sleep a night, let’s face it, there are going to be nights where you are not going to get the requisite shut eye before you have to hit the road. If this happens to you, you need to be aware if your lack of sleep starts to impact your ability to drive. If you notice that you are engaging in the following behaviors, you need to pull over:

  • Frequently yawning and blinking to stay awake
  • Inability to recall the last few minutes of driving
  • Leaving your lane or hitting a rumble strip
  • Passing your exit

Also, remember not to drive after taking any new medication, prescription or over the counter, until you know how the medication will affect you.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an auto accident caused by a drowsy driver, it is important to contact our skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys as soon as possible. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can examine the facts of your case and make the determination if you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. 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 throughout the legal process. 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 Family Law Attorneys Dispel Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Myths

Separating fact from fiction is not always as easy as it seems. Certain beliefs or ideas are so widespread in our communities that they take on an air of truth, despite being completely false. These beliefs or ideas often spread because in some sense they seem logical. Take for example, “lighting never strikes the same place twice”. While it seems to have a kernel of truth to it, it is actually a myth! Lighting tends to hit the same places, like tall structures or trees all the time. In fact, the Empire State Building gets hit around 23 times a year. While this is a pretty harmless example of a myth, most myths are not so innocent.

Myths about domestic and intimate partner violence not only hurt victims of abuse, but they also inhibit others from taking supportive action to help victims. It is important to be able to dispel these myths because incidents of violence are so widespread in Oklahoma and across the country. The following are just a few of the many common myths about domestic and intimate partner violence that need to be corrected:

Myth #1: Alcohol, drugs and stress cause domestic violence.

While an abusive partner may also have a drinking or drug problem or be under stress, these problems do not cause abuse. An abusive partner may try to explain to his or her victim that the reason for the abusive incident was due to stress or alcohol, but it is only an excuse. Stopping a batter’s drinking will not stop the abuse. Keep in mind batter’s abuse their partners and maybe even their children, but they usually do not harm individuals outside of their home.

Myth #2: What happens between intimate partners is their business alone.

The truth is that domestic violence and child abuse are crimes in every state. Men do not have the right to hit or make unwanted sexual advances on their intimate partners or wives. A woman is not a man’s property and marriage does not give a man special rights to treat his partner differently from any other woman he meets.

Myth #3: If a person was truly in an abusive relationship, he or she could just leave.

This is probably the most damning myth related to domestic violence. Often outsiders think that if the relationship was “that bad” the victim would simply leave. And the truth is the victim may have tried numerous times to leave. What many people do not know realize is that leaving is a very dangerous time for a victim. Women are more likely to be killed when leaving the relationship that at any other time. A woman may also feel like she has to stay in an abusive relationship, for numerous reasons including:

  • She has nowhere else to go
  • May have the belief that it is best for the children to stay in the home with both parents
  • May be financially dependent on the abuser
  • Feels that no one will believe her about the abuse
  • Is scared that the abuser will come after her
  • Worried that abuser will take away the children
  • Thinks the abuser may take his own life

If you are in abusive or violence relationship it is important to keep in mind that you are not in any way responsible your abuser’s actions. Our experienced Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys can help you protect yourself and/or your children from an abusive partner. He or she can advise you of your legal options, such as filing a protective order or a dissolution action.  No matter what you decision, a skilled family law attorney can help you make the best decision for you. To make an appointment with one of our skilled Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.

Oklahoma Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys Answer Questions About Bedsores

Even if you do not have a loved one in a nursing home, you more than likely are familiar with the term “bedsores.” Unfortunately, bedsores are so common that vast majority of Americans have heard the term, although most may not understand what a bedsore is and why it is a very big deal. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions Oklahoma residents have about bedsores:

What is a bedsore? A bedsore, otherwise known as a pressure sore or ulcer, is an injury to the skin that occurs after prolonged periods of pressure to that area. Bedsores most commonly transpire on the skin near bony areas like the hips, tail bone and buttocks, shoulders, heels and ankles.

Who is most at risk of developing bedsores? The people who are most at risk for developing bedsores are individuals who have an illness or medical condition that prevents them from adjusting their position, or that confines them to a particular position for long periods of time. In nursing homes or hospitals, these are often people who are confined to a wheel chair or bed ridden because of age or infirmity.

Is a bedsore a serious medical problem? Bedsores are wounds that need to be taken very seriously as they can develop and progress into a dangerous medical condition quite quickly. There are four stages of severity of bedsores. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel defines the stages which range from Stage I, where the skin is not broken, but may appear reddish or discolored, and the area may be tender and painful, to Stage IV where the wound has resulted in a large-scale loss of tissue. Bedsores, therefore, once diagnosed, must be treated right away. If left untreated, bedsores can lead to a serious infection like sepsis and even cause death.

Are bedsores preventable? In almost all cases bedsores are preventable. Quality nursing home facilities have procedures in place so that a resident who is immobile or confined to bed do not develop bedsores. Staff at nursing home facilities are specifically trained to reposition residents so that they do not sit or lay in the same position for long periods of time. When a resident does develop bedsores this is a potential sign that the facility is not providing adequate care. Either the facility staff may be negligent or often the facility is understaffed. This is often the case when a resident did not have bedsores when he or she was first admitted to the facility.

My loved one suffered bedsores, does he or she have a case against the nursing home? Nursing home abuse and neglect cases are often complex. That is why it is necessary to only trust an experienced Oklahoma nursing home neglect attorney who is capable of carefully reviewing and evaluating your loved one’s case.

How much does it cost to sue? If you have reason to believe your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect it is important to know that there is no cost to meet with an attorney. In fact, there is no fee unless the attorney wins the case.

If your loved is a nursing home resident and has suffered from bed sores it is important to contact our Oklahoma Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys as soon as possible. At The Handley Law Center, we understand how devastating it can be to discover that your loved one is the potential victim of abuse or neglect.  Specifically, we make it our goal to fight for 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 DUI Defense Attorneys Warns Motorcyclists: “Drinking and Riding Do Not Mix”

 

If you are a motorcyclist the months of March and April have a special meaning for you. It is the time of year when the weather becomes nicer and the open road seems to call your name. If you find that you have the itch to jump on your bike and ride off into the sunset, you may just have spring “riding” fever. If you have the fever, you are not alone. Bike clubs across the state and the country are gearing up and there are events going on nearly every weekend. While it is a great time of year to venture out on your bike, it is important to keep in mind the golden rule of biking which is “do not drink and ride.’

In the last several years, there have been various awareness campaigns that have touted the dangers of drinking and riding to motorcyclists. While the message is still going strong, unfortunately, it is not the only message riders are receiving. Events like bar runs, bar hopping and poker runs often have a not so subtle implication for riders to patronize the establishments sponsoring the event by buying a drink. Alcohol is also abundant at area rider festivals. The problem is that all of these messages work to create a culture that seems to say “it is okay to drink and ride, everyone does it, it is normal.”

But drinking and riding is not just a bad habit, it is downright deadly. Of the nearly 4,300 riders who died in motorcycle crashes in 2014, 30 percent were alcohol impaired (had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher). The percentage of riders killed that where under the impairment of alcohol jumped to 43 percent for those riders killed in single vehicle crashes. More than half of all riders who were fatally injured in a crash at night (between the hours of 9pm and 6am) had a BAC at or above the legal limit. One of the reasons that alcohol poses such a danger to motorcyclists is due to the drug’s ability to impair a person’s judgment. Or, in other words, alcohol turns otherwise intelligent people into people who make some pretty stupid decisions. For example, a rider who would never even consider riding without a helmet is much more likely to forgo wearing a helmet after consuming alcohol. Since riders who do not wear helmets are at a much higher risk of suffering a fatal injury—it is a dumb decision for a rider to choose not to wear a helmet.

Alcohol also has the power to give people a false sense of courage. This “courage” in turn makes people more likely to think that they are invincible. Thus riders who are under the influence of alcohol are more likely to speed and ride recklessly. Consuming alcohol also dulls a rider’s senses. A rider who is intoxicated is more likely to misjudge distances and react more slowly to road conditions. So the bottom line is, if you plan to ride, plan to ride sober.

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence while riding your motorcycle, do not trust your luck to get out of this jam. Rather contact a seasoned Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorney. 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 at you. At The Handley Law Center, our team of skilled Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys will advise you of your rights and determine what defenses you have. Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with top-notch legal services.

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Give Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcycles

In life, there are many great days: graduation day, wedding day, first day of a new job, day child was born, and the list could go on and on. For a parent however, one of your child’s greatest days may be a dreaded day for you. For example, imagine the day your child is handed his or her driver’s license. Having a teenage driver in the house can fill even the most resilient of parents with anxiety—and for good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), the number one cause of death for adolescents remains motor vehicle crashes. In 2013, there were more than 960,000 crashes involving drivers between 16 and 19 years of age. In fact, teenagers have the highest chance of being involved in a crash in the first six months after obtaining his or her license.

You may be asking yourself, is there anything a parent do to help protect his or her teenage driver? The good news is that yes, there is! The NHTSA has identified four common mistakes that teen drivers make. Before your child hits the road, make sure he or she understands these mistakes, and more importantly, how he or she can avoid making them:

Mistake #1: Failing to buckle up.

In 2013, more than half of teens killed in automobile crashes were not wearing their safety belts. A person wearing a seat belt reduces his or her risk of being injured or killed in a crash by almost 50 percent. As a parent, not only stress to your teen the importance of wearing a seat belt, but make sure that each and every time your teen rides with you that he or she sees you wearing your seat belt.

Mistake #2: Driving while distracted.

According to a 2015 study, distracted drivers accounted for close to 60 percent of crashes. The main culprits were cell phone usage and interacting with passengers. Stress to your teen the importance of not using his or her phone while driving. Parents can also be role models and not use their phones while driving as well. It may also be a good idea for parents to restrict the number of passengers who ride with their teen. Simply having one passenger under the age of 21 can increase a teen driver’s risk of being killed in a crash by 44 percent.

Mistake #3: Not allowing a safe following distance.

In a study examining rear-end collisions, teen drivers did not allow an adequate following distance between their vehicle and the car that he or she was following more than one-third of the time. Teach your teen the four-second rule for following behind another vehicle.

Mistake #4: Speeding or driving too fast for conditions.

Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions is a factor in nearly every crash involving a teenage driver. Talk to your teenager and help him or her understand that speeding is not only against the law, but also increases his or her chances of losing control of the vehicle.

If your teenager was seriously injured after being involved in an auto accident 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 son or daughter’s case and determine whether he or she is entitled to receive compensation for his or her 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 and his or her family. Trust our team of qualified attorneys to help your family make it through the legal process. 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 Warn Parents of the Common Mistakes Teen Drivers Make

In life, there are many great days: graduation day, wedding day, first day of a new job, day child was born, and the list could go on and on. For a parent however, one of your child’s greatest days may be a dreaded day for you. For example, imagine the day your child is handed his or her driver’s license. Having a teenage driver in the house can fill even the most resilient of parents with anxiety—and for good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), the number one cause of death for adolescents remains motor vehicle crashes. In 2013, there were more than 960,000 crashes involving drivers between 16 and 19 years of age. In fact, teenagers have the highest chance of being involved in a crash in the first six months after obtaining his or her license.

You may be asking yourself, is there anything a parent do to help protect his or her teenage driver? The good news is that yes, there is! The NHTSA has identified four common mistakes that teen drivers make. Before your child hits the road, make sure he or she understands these mistakes, and more importantly, how he or she can avoid making them:

Mistake #1: Failing to buckle up.

In 2013, more than half of teens killed in automobile crashes were not wearing their safety belts. A person wearing a seat belt reduces his or her risk of being injured or killed in a crash by almost 50 percent. As a parent, not only stress to your teen the importance of wearing a seat belt, but make sure that each and every time your teen rides with you that he or she sees you wearing your seat belt.

Mistake #2: Driving while distracted.

According to a 2015 study, distracted drivers accounted for close to 60 percent of crashes. The main culprits were cell phone usage and interacting with passengers. Stress to your teen the importance of not using his or her phone while driving. Parents can also be role models and not use their phones while driving as well. It may also be a good idea for parents to restrict the number of passengers who ride with their teen. Simply having one passenger under the age of 21 can increase a teen driver’s risk of being killed in a crash by 44 percent.

Mistake #3: Not allowing a safe following distance.

In a study examining rear-end collisions, teen drivers did not allow an adequate following distance between their vehicle and the car that he or she was following more than one-third of the time. Teach your teen the four-second rule for following behind another vehicle.

Mistake #4: Speeding or driving too fast for conditions.

Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions is a factor in nearly every crash involving a teenage driver. Talk to your teenager and help him or her understand that speeding is not only against the law, but also increases his or her chances of losing control of the vehicle.

If your teenager was seriously injured after being involved in an auto accident it is important to contact skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorneys as soon as possible. Only an experienced Injury Attorney can examine the facts of your son or daughter’s case and determine whether he or she is entitled to receive compensation for his or her 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 and his or her family. Trust our team of qualified attorneys to help your family make it through the legal process. 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 Motorcycle Injury Attorneys Ask “Is Your Bike Ready to Ride?”

Step outside and you can feel it in the air. Spring is here! For motorcyclists, spring means the start of riding season! But before you hop on your hog, it is important to take the time to ensure your bike is in proper riding condition. This is especially true if you have not ridden your bike for several months. Riders sometimes forget that winter weather can wreak havoc on a bike. To make sure that your bike is ready to spring into action when you are, take the time to perform the following safety checks on your bike:

  • Examine the tires: It goes without saying that tires on a bike are critically important. If your tires do not have the correct amount of pressure, your bike will be more difficult to handle. Low tire pressure can also cause tires to wear out prematurely. When examining your bike’s tires you want to be sure to look for any cracking or flat spots, which can happen after a bike has been sitting in the same spot for a while.
  • Top off or change fluids: Check all fluid to make sure that each fluid is at its desired level. Fluids to check include shaft drive oil, hydraulic fluid, gear oil, brake fluid and coolant. If any of your fluids have discolored, it is often best to replace it completely, as the fluid may have degraded or become dirty.
  • Check your battery: Depending on how long your bike has been sitting, the battery may require a charge. Look the battery over for signs of corrosion and clean any dust or debris off of the terminals. Keep in mind that the average life span of a battery is only 12 to 24 months.
  • Clean your headlights: After a crash between a motorcycle and a car, the driver of the car often reports not having seen the motorcycle until after it was too late. Do not become a victim because drivers cannot see you. Makes sure that your headlights are clean. It also wise to check to make sure both your high and low beams work.
  • Test your brakes: Another important area to check after a bike has been sitting for a while is the brakes. Test both the front and rear brakes separately. Take notice if you hear any noises. Scraping or squealing sounds are often indicative of brakes in need of repair. Also check brake pads for wear.
  • Inspect controls: Cold weather can mean trouble for your bike. Be sure to thoroughly inspect your bike’s controls before going for a long spring ride. You want to be sure to look over your bike’s:
    • Hoses: Look for cracks, bulges and leaks
    • Pedals and levers: for bending or breaking
    • Cables: for kinks, fraying or signs of corrosion

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to seek the advice of seasoned Oklahoma Motorcycle Injury Attorneys at your first opportunity. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are veteran injury attorneys who have fought for the rights of countless motorcycle injury victims. Our compassionate attorneys understand the deep and devastating physical and emotional impacts a serious accident can have on a person and his or her family. The 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 with one of our skilled injury attorneys. Trust our team of injury attorneys to fight for you!