A new bill, House Bill 2276, was signed into Oklahoma law and will take effect on November 1, 2010 according to ABC news affiliate, KXII. The law is designed to prevent drivers from using electronics while behind the wheel and in turn, prevent car crashes. While not a specific cell phone or texting law, the bill gives law enforcement the power to cite a motorist for use of an electronic device if the officer observes an immediate danger posed by driver inattention. For example, if a police officer sees a driver texting, which is causing him or her to swerve, go off the road or drive too close to other vehicles, that officer may pull the driver over. However, if a driver is using a cell phone but not posing any danger by doing so, he or she will not receive a citation.
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety saw a decline in 2007 and 2008 of Oklahoma distracted driving auto accidents; however, in 2009, that rate increased by 20 motorists. Law enforcement as well as state legislators are hoping that the new law will help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and apply safe driving practices on Oklahoma roads and highways.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, you should consider retaining the services of an experienced Oklahoma City car crash attorney. Ray Maples, founder of the Maples Law Firm, has the skill, dedication and resources necessary to hold negligent parties accountable for your injuries. Distracted driving accidents are preventable, so when an individual sustains injury because of another person’s poor decisions, the burden placed on the injured individual can be substantial. Ray Maples can help you understand your rights and options and will fight to ensure that you are compensated fairly for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage and more. Call the Maples Law Firm today at (888) 429-0609 for a free consultation.
Five people, two of whom were in critical condition, were sent to area hospitals, when a drunk, unlicensed driver careened into multiple cars in Oklahoma City on September 19th, KFOR.com reports. Police officers say the man slammed into multiple cars on NW 23rd street near Portland Ave., but instead of stopping, he kept driving and crashed into two more vehicles on NW 23rd and Drexel driving at a speed of approximately 60mph. The 37-year old driver was arrested and charged with unlicensed driving, driving under the influence, causing an accident without a valid driver license, and speeding with the possibility of more charges being filed.
It is the responsibility of all motorists to obey all traffic laws in order to prevent auto accidents in Oklahoma and nationwide. These laws are in place for a reason and when motorists ignore them, they place not only themselves, but many others in immediate danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008, 11,773 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents with 749 of those fatalities being in Oklahoma.
If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a family member due to a drunk driver, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses. The dedicated Oklahoma City car crash attorneys at Maples Law Firm have the experience and resources necessary to build a strong case and hold negligent parties responsible for your injuries or the loss of your loved one. An injury or wrongful death can take an enormous toll on a family, not only physically, but emotionally and financially as well. Our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers will ensure that your rights are not violated and that the responsible party is held liable for their reckless behavior. Call Maples Law Firm today at (888) 429-0609.
Distracted driving played a key role in an Oklahoma car accident that happened on Sunday, September 19th about six miles north of Enid, News on 6 reported. A teen girl was checking her Ipod around 2am when she looked up, saw something in the road and swerved. A 54-year old woman was riding in the passenger seat and two 16-year old boys were riding in the bed’s truck. The vehicle left the road and flipped one time, ejecting one of the boys an unknown distance. Luckily, that boy was not injured. The other teen boy however, sustained critical head, internal and leg injuries and was transported to a local area hospital. The 16-year old driver also endured injuries and was listed in guarded condition. The 54-year old female passenger was treated and released.
One of the leading causes of Oklahoma auto accidents is distracted driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2008 5,870 people died and 515,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Additionally, driver distraction rose from 8% in 2004 to 11% in 2008 as the reported cause of auto accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Oklahoma car crash due to the negligent actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Injuries sustained in auto accidents can leave the injured individual with more than just physical stress, but emotional and financial burdens as well. With mounting medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages for time off work and other hardships, the individual would be wise to consider retaining the services of an experienced Oklahoma City car crash attorney. The dedicated and competent lawyers at Maples Law Firm have the resources and tenacity to ensure that the party responsible for your injuries is held accountable for their actions. To schedule a free consultation, call 1(888) 429-0609.
A fatal Oklahoma hit and run accident occurred on September 12th on U.S. Highway 62 just north of County Road 1370. A man was found lying in the road at about 2:29am by Police Troopers, according to a report from Newson6.com. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the cause of death, evidence suggested, was fatal injuries due to the hit and run driver. Police say that the man smelled of alcohol.
Pedestrian accidents occur all too frequently and can almost always be prevented. In 2008, 4,414 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in the United States with 50 fatalities taking place in Oklahoma. While it is unclear as to whether or not the man may have stepped in front of the driver, the fact of the matter is that it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident, let alone an accident resulting in a fatality. Should you or a loved one find yourself in a situation where someone has sustained fatal injuries due to an Oklahoma auto accident, stay at the scene until help arrives. Do not ever leave the scene of an injury or fatality crash.
Experienced Oklahoma pedestrian accident attorney Ray Maples, founder of Maples Law Firm, has extensive experience in successfully handling auto accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. Injuries sustained as a result of a motor vehicle collision can place a heavy burden on a family. Additionally, if a family member is wrongfully killed, the burden can be even greater. Injured individuals and family members of victims who were wrongfully killed in pedestrian related auto accidents have the right to seek compensation from negligent parties for damages including medical bills, loss of wages and funeral expenses in the event of a death. To learn more about how the skilled attorneys at Maples Law Firm can help you understand your rights, call 1 (888) 429-0609 today.
Medical malpractice in Oklahoma occurs when medical professionals act in negligence and provide care that deviates from accepted medical standards and practices which cause injury or death to patients. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are expected to provide the best healthcare possible, ensuring that the patient’s condition is treated, not made worse.
According to a study conducted by HealthGrades, from 2000 to 2002, an average of 195,000 individuals each year died due to in-hospital medical related errors. Over that time period, of the 37 million hospital admissions in the Medicare population, 1.14 million people were injured due to medical error. The causes of death of over 323,000 of those injured patients were attributed to the injuries they sustained while in the hospital. Additionally, the top causes of medical error related deaths were failure to rescue, bedsores, and postoperative sepsis.
It is vitally important for those involved in the medical profession to practice and provide the best healthcare possible. Because medical error can be caused by a number of factors, including doctor/nurse fatigue, misdiagnosis of medical conditions, or improperly treating a patient, among others, patients and family members of patients who have been wrongfully killed due to medical error have the right to seek legal recourse.
If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a loved one because of medical negligence, you may be eligible to file an Oklahoma medical malpractice lawsuit. Physicians, nurses and the rest of the medical field are responsible for caring for patients, not harming them. When that responsibility is overlooked or simply ignored, innocent people are susceptible to injury or even death. The compassionate and competent Oklahoma City medical malpractice lawyers at Maples Law Firm have the resources and the experience necessary to hold negligent parties accountable for your injuries or for the loss of your loved one. To learn more about how Maples Law Firm can help you and your situation, please call us at 1(888) 429-0609.
A new tax will be added to the registration of all motorcycles in Oklahoma, according to NewsOK.com. The $3 tax is designed to fund safety programs for both experienced and inexperienced riders and reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma. The article states that many in the motorcycle community are in favor of the new fee since it provides an opportunity for riders to learn about safety on the road.
One man, an avid motorcycle rider and host of a radio show about motorcycles says he has no qualms about the new fee, which the state will begin charging on November 1. The man even suggests that perhaps a program to teach motorists how to better watch out for bikers would be helpful. The Oklahoma Tax Commission reported that 123,906 motorcycles were registered in the state in 2009, which is a 7.4% increase from 2008.
Ultimately, the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for Motorcycle Safety and Education will determine how the funds will be spent, but most riders support the new tax.
Motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma are an unfortunate and common occurrence with 105 riders killed and 1,269 more injured in 2009 according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may find it highly beneficial to retain the services of an experienced Oklahoma motorcycle crash attorney. Maples Law Firm has been helping injured victims of motorcycle accidents for years and have the knowledge and skill needed to hold negligent parties responsible for your injuries. To learn more about your legal rights and schedule a free consultation of your case, please call (888) 429-0609 today.
A fatal accident took the life of a 17-year old Arkansas teen last week, reported KJRH.com. The girl was traveling with two friends in a Toyota Yaris when a white truck making a left hand turn collided with the vehicle. It is unclear whether the girl was driving or if it was another occupant of the Yaris. The fatal accident happened at the intersection of North Utica and Pine Ave. in Tulsa. The 17-year old was pronounced dead at the scene, police officials said. The other two teens as well as the driver of the truck were taken to a local area hospital with one admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. The extent of their injuries was not immediately available.
An investigation into the circumstances of this fatal Oklahoma car accident will reveal the cause. Other news sources reporting on this story say that the driver of the truck may have been drinking. If the driver is found to have been under the influence of alcohol, he could be found liable for the wrongful death of the teen as well as damages and injuries sustained by the other two Arkansas teens.
If you have lost a loved one in an Oklahoma wrongful death accident, you have legal rights. An experienced wrongful death accident attorney understands the difficult time that you and your family are experiencing and can ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. The sudden loss of a loved one can have a devastating impact on those left behind. The loss of a help, loss of income, loss of companionship and other losses may be suffered. The compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated Oklahoma City wrongful death car accident attorneys at Maples Law Firm can help determine the at-fault party and hold them liable for the loss of your loved one. To learn more about your legal rights, call our office today at (888) 429-0609.
Every parent looks forward to the birth of their child. They assume that the physicians and hospital staff assigned to their care have the best interests of the mother and baby at heart. Unfortunately, medical negligence on the parts of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals can contribute to neurological disorders that can have a lasting effect on not only the baby, but the entire family. Cerebral palsy is one of these conditions.
Cerebral palsy affects the cerebrum and can occur during pregnancy, during childbirth or after the birth up to approximately the age of three. It is a non-progressive affliction which means that the condition itself will not improve or worsen; however, it may lead to other disorders. There are several causes of the condition such as asphyxia before birth due to umbilical cord entrapment, exposure to radiation or infection while still in the womb, trauma during labor and delivery, and shoulder distocia, to name a few. In cases where a child is entrapped by the umbilical cord or develops shoulder distocia, the primary care physician has an extremely limited time to act before cells in the baby’s brain begin to die and the chances of developing cerebral palsy increase.
There are various types of cerebral palsy with each one affecting a child differently. In more severe instances, a child may only be able to walk with a medical aid such as a walker or wheelchair, may suffer from other conditions such as epilepsy, apraxia, communication disorders, mental retardation, behavioral disorders and learning disabilities, or may not be able to function without lifetime care. While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, there are certain therapies such as speech, physiotherapy, cord blood therapy and other therapies that may help a child live a more normal life.
If your child developed cerebral palsy and you suspect that negligence on the part of the hospital, your physician or other medical professional may have contributed to your child’s condition, please contact the Oklahoma cerebral palsy birth injury attorneys at Maples Law Firm. Our experienced lawyers understand the emotional and financial strain that cerebral palsy can have on a family, not to mention the physical trauma experienced by the infant, especially if the condition could have been prevented. To learn more about your legal rights and how we can help, call Maples Law Firm at (888) 429-0609.
After receiving complaints about the product, orthopedic manufacturer DePuy has issued a recall of its ASR hip implants. This hip system has a shockingly high rate of failure, and many of the victims of these failures have had to undergo a second, painful surgery to remove and replace the defective hip.
Due to a fairly high percentage (12-13%) of five year revision or secondary hip surgeries DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. reported based on this year’s data from the National Joint Registry (NJR) of England and Wales, the manufacturer announced this week it is voluntarily pulling the ASR™ XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System from the marketplace. DePuy has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory agencies globally of the voluntary recall.
The ASR device is part of a class of large diameter, monoblock hip resurfacing and replacement devices preferred by surgeons for young patients who may benefit from the stability of the device, thus limiting the chance of repeated dislocation. The DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System was introduced in 2003 and is only approved for use outside the U.S. The ASR™ XL Acetabular System was first launched in 2004 and has been available worldwide.
The risk for revision was highest with women utilizing ASR head sizes below 50 mm in diameter.
As the numbers suggest, most ASR hip replacement surgeries are successful. However, Depuy is strongly suggesting patients utilizing an ASR device immediately see their implant surgeons for a full evaluation of performance.
As Oklahoma City product liability attorneys, we understand the many challenges that patients may face after receiving an implant that turns out to be ineffective, harmful, or otherwise defective. If you or someone you know has experienced difficulty walking or excessive pain due to one of the recalled hip implant products, you may be able to seek compensation for expenses associated with your injury or corrective surgery.