Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Ask “Do You Suffer From Lane Change Anxiety?”

Fear. We do not like to talk about fears, but most of us have at least one. For some of us, our fears come from objects, like spiders, snakes or dogs. For others of us, our fears stem from particular activities. Common fears of this nature include fear of heights, flying, and public speaking. In many cases, our fears do not prevent us from doing things but can cause quite a bit of anxiety when the person comes into contact with or has to engage in an activity that he or she fears. For example, there are many people who have a fear of flying, but that need to travel by airplane from time to time.

Driving is another common fear that is often not talked about. Americans, in particular, are thought to have a love affair with driving. We are thought to love our cars and the freedom that they bring us when we hit the open road. However, for some Americans, driving produces only anxiety. When you stop and think of all the dangers associated with driving, it is a wonder how the vast majority of us do not have this fear! Even a short trip to the neighborhood grocery store can be fraught with perils. Drivers need to watch for other drivers, pedestrians, and even animals.

One of the most frightening activities for people who have a fear of driving is changing lanes. This fear is especially pronounced on highways and freeways where there are more than just two lanes. It can be a challenge for even an experienced driver to move across three or more lanes to exit the expressway or to move to the center lane from the right lane when you wonder if the person from the left lane may be doing the same thing. If you experience anxiety from changing lanes, it can help to create a routine that you can follow each and every time you need to make a lane change. Following these six steps can help you ease the tension when you change lanes:

  1. Check your mirrors. Make sure your mirrors are set up correctly before you even start your vehicle. Your mirrors help you reduce your blind spot
  2. When you want to change lanes, you must first look to both left and right to make sure you are in the clear.
  3. Turn on your signal before you start to change lanes and leave it on until you fully complete your lane change.
  4. Look again. Look to make sure that the lane is still clear and that no one from the other side of that lane is trying to enter that lane.
  5. Adjust your speed as needed. Sometimes when changing lanes, it is necessary to accelerate or reduce speed slightly to make the change.
  6. Look again and change lanes. As you change lanes, give the area one last look.

The more you practice, the more this list of items will come as second nature.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an accident, please take a moment and schedule an appointment to meet with an experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney. Only seasoned Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys, like those at The Handley Law Center, can protect your rights. Our experienced injury attorneys will evaluate your case and determine the best way to make sure that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys have fought for the rights of countless injury victims throughout Oklahoma and want to do the same for you. 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 Injury Attorneys Stress the Importance of Buckling Up!

While Memorial Day may be just around the corner, it is not the only event going on near the end of the month of May. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has announced its annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign which is slated to run this year from May 23rd through June 5th. The purpose of the campaign is to urge both drivers and passengers across the country to buckle up. Law enforcement officials in every state will be looking for drivers who are not wearing their seat belts in accordance with local laws.

Under Oklahoma law, a police officer can stop a driver for not wearing a seat belt—no other reason is necessary. In Oklahoma the laws pertaining to seat belt usage require drivers and front seat passengers ages 13 and older to wear a seat belt at all times while the vehicle in which they are riding is operating. Children under the age of 13 are covered under the Oklahoma Mandatory Child Restraint Law. During the “Click It or Ticket” campaign police are encouraged to stop and issue a ticket to any motorist who is not wearing a seat belt.

While seat belts use in the United States is fairly high—at just about 88 percent in 2014, there is still a lot of room for improvement. The reason being is that in 2014, almost 50 percent of all vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their safety belts. Groups of drivers that were more likely to not to wear seat belts, according to the NHTSA data included:

  • Nighttime drivers: The data collected showed that 57 percent of occupants killed in nighttime crashes were not properly restrained compared to 41 percent of those killed during the day.
  • Men: Of the people killed in crashes who were not wearing a seat belt, 53 percent were men and 40 percent were women.
  • Pickup Truck Drivers: In 2014, 60 percent of pickup truck drivers killed in crashes were not properly restrained compared to 42 percent of passenger car drivers and 38 percent of van drivers.

As a driver, it is important to realize the vital role you can play in increasing seat belt compliance. For instance, in any vehicle you are driving, make it a rule that the car will not start until everyone is wearing their seat belt. It is important to enforce the rule regardless of whether it is a long or short trip, whether it is nighttime or daytime, whether you will be on the freeway or on city streets, or whether you will be driving in an urban or in a more rural area. It must be understood that seatbelts must be worn each and every time a person gets into your vehicle. Because the fact of the matter is that seat belts save lives. In 2014 alone, it is estimated that seat belt usage saved more than 12,800 lives. A total of 63,000 lives are thought to be saved by seat belt usage from 2010 to 2014.

If you or a loved one 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 fully investigate the facts of your case and fight for your rights. 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 obtain just compensation for your injuries. 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 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 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 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.

 

Spring Break Means More Drunk Driving Accidents and Crash-Related Injuries

Spring break is a time when college students from Oklahoma and around the country depart for a week of relaxing, drinking, and celebrating.  Given that alcohol and partying often is a significant part of spring break recreational activities, this is a very dangerous time for motorists.  Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of serious car accidents and traffic-related fatalities.  It is estimated that over three million college students operate motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.  Alcohol use by college students results in almost six hundred thousand injuries and nearly two thousand deaths of college students per year.  This does not include other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who are seriously injured or killed in accidents involving college students who are intoxicated.

Those who drive under the influence of alcohol pose a serious danger to others on the road.  College students who are impaired will typically have delayed reaction time, poor coordination, and impaired judgment and/or concentration.  Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs also tend to engage in other high-risk behavior, such as aggressive driving, speeding, and reckless driving.  Drunk drivers who engage in these practices place all other motorists, pedestrians and passengers at risk.  One study found that forty percent of college students admitted to being a passenger in a car with a drunk driver.

If you are a college student, you can protect yourself and others by declining to ride with a drunk driver during spring break.  A passenger in a vehicle with a drunk driver may encourage a driver to drive while under the influence of alcohol.  A passenger that speaks up and discourages a drunk driver, rather than accepting a ride, can protect oneself and others on the road.  While it is not a criminal act to ride with a drunk driver, a judge in Japan recently convicted passengers for accepting a ride with a drunk driver.  The court reasoned that the passengers implicitly encouraged the intoxicated driver to commit DUI by accepting the ride with the drunk driver.

Some safety tips that can reduce the risk of being involved in a crash during spring break include the following:

  • Drivers should avoid getting behind the wheel when they are fatigued.
  • Motorists taking prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can also be liable for negligent impaired driving.
  • A designated driver should be selected prior to any excursion.

Because drunk driving is considered particularly egregious, drivers under the influence of alcohol can be liable for punitive damages.  Although the legal system in the U.S. does not impose criminal liability on passengers who ride with drunk drivers, you can save your life and the lives of others by discouraging a friend from driving drunk.  If you or your loved one is involved in a car accident in the Canadian County area, our Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers diligently pursue the rights of those injured traveling on Oklahoma roadways.  Our law firm is prepared to aggressively represent injury victims seeking fair compensation for their injuries, so call us at (405) 295-1924 for your free initial consultation.

 

Pets Can Be a Dangerous Driving Distraction

Driving while texting or using a cell phone has been the primary focus of efforts to discourage distracted driving, but there is another distracted driving hazard that is garnering an increasing amount of attention and debate.  The distraction created by pets riding in the passenger compartment of cars, trucks, and SUVs constitutes an increasingly common cause of serious motor vehicle accidents.  Many people love their pets and treat them like part of the family. Some owners refuse to put their pet in a “cage” in the back and prefer to allow their car, dog, or other pet to ride up front in their lap.  This insistence on leaving pets unrestrained can come at a very high cost, which includes serious car accidents that cause permanent injuries or wrongful death.

Researchers at AAA and Kurgo, a pet product manufacturer, surveyed people about their driving habits with pets in the car.  The study found that nearly sixty percent of drivers had taken their pets with them in the car a minimum of once per month during the prior year.  Approximately a quarter of drivers indicated they had used their hands to hold their pet while applying the brakes to slow or stop.  Nearly twenty percent of study participants admitted they had used their hands to prevent their pet from moving into the front seat while behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, very few people took steps to observe minimum safety precautions when transporting a pet.  For example, only 17 percent of respondents indicated that they used any form of pet restraint system. This increases the danger to the pet and also to any passengers that are in the motor vehicle.  If a ten pound dog were loose in the car during a car crash at highway speeds, the dog would be launched through the vehicle.  If the dog slams into a vehicle occupant in a collision at highway speeds, it would exert hundreds of pounds of force at the point of impact.  This could easily kill a dog of this size and/or seriously injure it along with the human who is struck when the animal becomes a projectile.

There are a lot of different options for keeping vehicle occupants and dogs safe while riding in a car.  Drivers should always keep a dog in an enclosed area or restrained to the seat in some way.  An appropriate pet restraint system will help protect the pet in a crash and prevent it from distracting a motorist while driving. A loose dog can try and jump into your lap, bark in your ear, get down on the floorboards around your feet, and start misbehaving, so you are forced to pay attention to it. These things could all lead to you diverting your eyes and attention from the road.  A dog that manages to wedge its way into a driver’s lap or under his or her feet may interfere with the motorist’s ability to steer or brake.

Traffic safety advocates have suggested some ways to keep your pet safely controlled while you are driving:

  • Use safety barriers in your car: There are safety barriers that fit in between the back of a vehicle, the trunk or storage space and the back seat. You can get them sized to your vehicle.  Another type of barrier can be fitted to your pet and secured between the front and back seat of the car.
  • Seat belt restraints: These are harnesses that are worn on your dog’s body and clip into the seat belt so that your dog will stay in the seat. If you have to stop suddenly, these are designed to prevent your pet from hitting the interior of the vehicle or a vehicle occupant.  These restraints come in a range of sizes and can be sized to fit your dog.
  • Doggie booster seats: These seats are best for smaller breeds of dogs. They are a good way to protect smaller breeds that can easily get thrown in the event of a crash. They sit on the seat and are strapped through the seat belt system much the same way a child’s booster seat is strapped in. The dog then sits in the seat while strapped in a harness that is attached to the seat. This device keeps the dog in place in the case of sudden stops.
  • Crates or kennels: The use of crates in the car works well if you have sufficient room. If the crate is in the back of an SUV, you can strap it down by using the tie-offs that typically are located on the floor.  If it is a smaller crate in the back seat, you can use the seat belt system to strap it in.

In addition to keeping your pet safe, all of these options can keep you and passengers in your car safe. Animals that are allowed to run loose in a car can be a major source of distraction to a driver, and distracted drivers account for more than 6,000 car accident fatalities per year.  If you or your loved one is involved in a car accident in the Canadian County area, our Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers diligently pursue the rights of those injured traveling on Oklahoma roadways.  Our law firm is prepared to aggressively represent injury victims seeking fair compensation for their injuries so call us at (405) 295-1924 for your free initial consultation.

 

 

Distracted Driving Dangerous Even without Electronic Devices

Many people recognize that distracted driving now rivals alcohol-impaired driving as the leading threat to traffic safety.  The focus of the media, government regulators, and the public tends to revolve around portable electronic devices.  While the widespread use of cell phones and the level of distraction posed by texting behind the wheel justify these concerns, the danger posed by more traditional distractions often gets overlooked.  Although many people think that distracted driving is a fairly new phenomena, inattentive drivers have been causing crash-related fatalities and injuries for many years.

The tendency to ignore the danger posed by more conventional forms of driving distractions stems from the challenge in proving this form of negligence.  While mobile phones generate call and message logs as well as cellular records, proving that a motorist was reaching for a soda, applying lipstick, or changing a vehicle’s sound system is much more difficult.  Outside of direct observation of the distracted driving activity prior to a collision or an admission after the crash by the driver, motorist inattention tends to be difficult to prove whether in a criminal prosecution or civil lawsuit for damages.

Traditional forms of distracted driving generally remain beyond the regulatory reach of lawmakers.  Laws that prevent multi-tasking behind the wheel almost exclusively address portable electronic communication technology because of the difficulty in enforcing laws that address other types of distractions, such as:

  • Hygiene practices (putting on makeup, brushing hair)
  • Reading books, magazines, and newspapers
  • Talking to or disciplining children in the backseat
  • Eating food and drinking beverages
  • Reaching for or picking up objects
  • Carrying on conversations with passengers
  • Fidgeting with car stereos, GPS devices, and Infotainment systems
  • Rubbernecking when passing traffic accidents or vehicles pulled over by law enforcement
  • Reaching to clean up a spill

In most cases, traffic collisions caused by these traditional types of driving distractions will be reported by law enforcement as being caused by an unsafe lane change, failure to yield, red light/stop sign runner, or other traffic violations that result from inattention.

Admittedly, there is a legitimate reason that texting and driving receives so much attention from traffic safety experts and lawmakers.  This form of unsafe driving involves inattention at all three levels of distraction, which include the following:

  • Manual Distractions:  This type of distraction involves a motorist removing his or her hands from the steering wheel to reach for objects or to engage in other tactile activity.  Examples include unwrapping food, grabbing a beverage, reaching for an object in the glove box, or changing the volume on a car radio.
  • Mental Distractions: When a driver attempts to divide attention between multiple-tasks, they are not actually “multi-tasking.”  This term is a misnomer because the mind does not actually focus on two high-level functions at the same time.  Instead, drivers shift attention back and forth between each activity so that at any point in time one of the tasks is not receiving any level of attention from the motorist.  Examples include daydreaming, listening to an audiobook, or planning daily activities.
  • Visual Distractions: This form of inattention involves a motorist diverting his or her eyes from the roadway.  Because a vehicle can travel a significant distance in only a few seconds at highways speeds, drivers who decide to avert their eyes from the road ahead can face deadly consequences.  Examples of this type of distraction include glancing down at a cell phone, reading e-books, and looking down to unwrap a snack.

The Handley Law Center is committed to providing persuasive legal advocacy and timely communication to victims of distracted drivers.  Our Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers offer a free consultation to evaluate your claim and discuss your legal rights and options.  Call us at (405) 295-1924 to schedule an appointment in our conveniently located office in El Reno which is only a 20-minute drive from Oklahoma City.

Tire Defects and Oklahoma Auto Accidents: What You Need to Know

Auto accidents caused by tire defects are more common than most people realize.  Every year, more than 15,000 vehicle accidents are caused by blowouts involving defective tires.  These accidents frequently result from failure to replace worn out tires or improper tire pressure.  Frequently, tire blowout accidents also are caused by the defective manufacturing or use of substandard materials.

When tires blowout, it typically is due to the shredding of the tread layers.  When investigations are conducted on car accidents that are believed to be due to tire defects, the investigators will inspect the steel and rubber in steel belted radials to determine if they are properly bonded together.  If the bonding process fails, this creates a serious risk of car accidents caused by faulty tires.  A number of tire manufacturers have had their tires recalled because of tread separation due to design or manufacturing defects in recent years.  When tread separation occurs, it can cause the tire to blowout or make the vehicle very difficult to control.

There are a vast number of other manufacturing issues that can cause tires to pose an unreasonable risk of harm to vehicle occupants and others on Oklahoma roadways.  Tires can be defective if the material used to manufacture them is contaminated with objects like sawdust, candy wrappers, and cigarette butts.  If the size of the material does not match the size of the tire or if air is found between the layers of the tire, a blowout also can be caused from this type of flaw.

Tire and car manufacturers have a legal obligation to supply tires that are free from defects which might cause injury to motorists.  Businesses that manufacture and distribute tires may cut corners in the production process to increase profits.  In recent years, there have been a number of defective product lawsuits in which tire manufacturers have been found to have produced unsafe tires that caused serious tire blowouts where drivers lost control of their vehicle.  Rollover accidents can be particularly dangerous when a blowout occurs, often resulting in roof crush injuries or vehicle ejections.  When either of these situations occur, the likelihood of catastrophic injuries or wrongful death is substantial.

Along with tire manufacturers, automakers also can be liable for car accidents caused by defective tires.  It is the duty of those that manufacture cars to make sure that every part of the car is free of defects and safe to drive.  The vehicle manufacturer may be liable even if the manufacturer claims that the car has been inspected and is in good condition.

If you or your loved ones are involved in a car accident in the Canadian County area, our Oklahoma Auto Accident Lawyers diligently pursue the rights of those who suffer injury caused by the negligence of others.  If the accident was caused by a tire blowout, we can perform an investigation to determine if it was due to defective tires.  Our law firm is prepared to aggressively represent injury victims seeking fair compensation for their injuries so call us at (405) 295-1924 for your free initial consultation.

 

 

Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Ask: “Are You a Bad Driver?”

Some motorists love to hit the open the road. While for other motorists, driving is simply a means to an end. One reason some motorists view driving as more of a chore than a joy, is in part due to having to share the road with other drivers. Everyone likes to think that they are a good driver. But that of course cannot be true, since clearly there are a good number of bad drivers on the road. Before you assume that you are a great driver, consider the “sins” bad drivers commonly make and ask yourself if you ever make the same mistakes. The following is a list of some of the most common bad driver sins:

  • Distracted driver: Talking and texting while driving are the most common forms of distracted driving. Drivers who do not have their eyes or attention on the road are not only a danger to other drivers, but also to themselves.
  • Following too closely behind other drivers: It is not only annoying to have another vehicle “ride your bumper”, but it is also a safety hazard. Be smart and leave adequate space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Not having both hands on the wheel: Of course many people are in a rush, especially in the morning while trying to drop the kids off at school and make it to work on time. Taking one hand off of the wheel to sip your coffee may seem innocent enough, but it can be quite dangerous. Balancing a hot cup of coffee with one hand, while steering with the other hand, can be a recipe for disaster.
  • Riding the brakes: When a person steps on the brakes not only does it slow down his or her vehicle, it also sends a signal to the drivers behind him or her. Riding the brakes sends mixed signals to the other drivers, as to whether there is a good reason to stop or not. In many cases a driver can benefit by driving a constant speed or letting his or her foot off of the gas, rather than constantly stepping on the brake pedal.
  • Failing to anticipate: A bad driver is often surprised by things that he or she could have anticipated if he or she was paying proper attention to the road.
  • Impeding the flow of traffic: It is important to drive the speed limit. A person who is driving much slower than the posted speed limit can cause just as many problems (if not more) than a driver who is speeding.
  • Failing to use turn signals and weaving in and out of lanes: Changing lanes too quickly and without proper signaling can easily cause a nasty fender bender.

Even if you think you are a good driver, every driver can become a better driver. By working to becoming a better driver, a person not only makes the roadway a little nicer to share, but he or she also makes the roadways safer. A bad driver is not just irksome or annoying. He or she is a potential danger to others as his or her bad driving can lead to serious accidents.

If you have been seriously injured in an automobile accident you need to speak with one of our experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys as soon as possible. Only a skilled injury attorney can protect your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you are due. To ensure the best possible representation, contact the attorneys at The Handley Law Center today. Call us at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. The seasoned injury attorneys at The Handley Law Center will guide you through the legal process and provide you with aggressive representation. Do not delay, contact The Handley Law Center today.