A 30-year-old man was injured in a car accident in Oklahoma City involving a police cruiser. According to a news report on KFOR.com, the injury collision occurred near N.E. 27th and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Officials are still trying to determine who struck whom. Based on preliminary reports, officials say the bicyclist was driving his bike in the middle of the street without any lights on after dark, which is a violation of the law. Police also said that the officer who was driving the cruiser was not distracted, speeding or responding to an emergency. The investigation is still ongoing.
Oklahoma law states that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists. Under Oklahoma law, it is also required for bicyclists to ride with a front and back light at night. When a bicyclist has been injured in a collision with another vehicle, a number of questions must be asked: Read the rest »
Officials say a man was killed and a 12-year-old child was seriously injured in a rollover crash in Wagoner County. News on 6 reports that the fatal accident occurred on 71st Street, east of Broken Arrow. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials say the Chevy Astro van driven by a man was traveling westbound on 71st Street when the vehicle left the roadway and overturned. The 43-year-old man was partially ejected and died from his injuries. The 12-year-old boy, believed to be the driver’s son, was hospitalized with a head injury in critical condition. Officials are still looking into whether the occupants were belted and if speed was a factor. The investigation is ongoing.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), vehicles roll over in less than 3 percent of all crashes, but these crashes account for more than a third of vehicle occupant fatalities. According to the institute, electronic stability control makes a vehicle less likely to roll over by preventing sideways skidding and loss of control that can lead to rollovers. Read the rest »
An Oklahoma City police officer, who is also a successful UFC featherweight fighter, suffered severe brain injuries in a Pottawatomie County car crash. According to a News9 report, the car crash occurred near Shawnee. Officials say he was off duty and waiting at a red light when another vehicle crashed into the back of his vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and underwent brain surgery the next night. A September 18 report in MMAFighting.com states that he is now off sedation medication and responding to verbal cues.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are tragically common in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 1.7 million TBIs occur each year nationwide. TBIs are a contributing factor in nearly a third of all injury- related deaths. In the year 2006, there were 3,416 traumatic brain injury hospitalizations and 883 TBI-related fatalities in Oklahoma. Read the rest »
A woman was injured in a Pawnee County car crash after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel. According to a News9 report, the accident occurred on US 64 south of Cleveland, Oklahoma. Officials say the 28-year-old driver fell asleep while driving her 1993 Honda. Her car ran off the roadway, struck the guardrail, rolled and flipped. She suffered multiple internal and external injuries including trauma to her head, trunk, arm and leg. The authorities stated that she was sleepy in their official report.
This Oklahoma auto accident is an important reminder about the dangers of fatigued driving. These types of accidents are tragically common, and they often result in serious or fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are about 100,000 police-reported accidents each year in the United States that are directly attributed to driver fatigue. These crashes result in about 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries annually. Read the rest »
A driver was injured in an Oklahoma car accident involving a vehicle that failed to remain at the scene of the crash. According to a News9 report, the hit-and-run accident occurred near Britton Road and Shartel Avenue in northwest Oklahoma City. Officials say the hit-and-run driver crashed head-on into the victim’s vehicle. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries after being freed by the Jaws of Life. Officials believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash. The driver has not been found.
Drivers, who are involved in an accident that resulted in a physical injury or property damage, are required to remain at the crash site, offer assistance, and notify the authorities. Oklahoma Statute 47-10-102 specifically deals with accidents that resulted in a nonfatal injury. The law states: “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in a nonfatal injury to any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident.” Read the rest »
Two men sustained life-threatening injuries in a Tulsa car accident involving a vehicle rollover. According to a News9 report, the rollover crash occurred on Second Street near Lansing Avenue in Tulsa. Officials say the driver of a Honda was traveling at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle veered off the roadway, struck railroad tracks, and rolled over. One of the vehicle’s occupants was ejected while the other was trapped inside. The man who was ejected did not have a pulse, but was revived by CPR. The man inside the vehicle appears to have suffered severe internal injuries. Officials believe that neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt. Investigators are still determining the cause of the rollover, but state that alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
There are two types of rollover crashes: tripped and untripped. A tripped rollover accident is when a vehicle rolls after striking an external object such as a curb, railroad track, or other vehicle. An untripped rollover is when a vehicle overturns because of the steering of the driver, the speed of the vehicle, or from friction with the ground. Read the rest »
It is a common misconception that insurance companies act in the best interests of their clients. In reality, insurance companies are highly profitable corporations that protect their bottom line by denying valid claims and offering inadequate settlements to deserving claimants. If you have been injured in an Oklahoma car accident, insurance adjusters will likely utilize a number of tactics to deny or reduce the value of your claim.
Here are five tips to help you handle insurance companies and protect your best interests:
- Provide accurate and consistent information: If you are stressed out or nervous, you could end up contradicting yourself during the conversation. This could cause the adjuster to question the credibility or validity of your claim.
- Refuse a recording: There is nothing to gain by allowing the insurance company to record your conversation.
- Understand your losses: An important part of the process is calculating the potential value of your claim. Consider your current and future medical expenses and lost wages before calling insurance companies.
- Never admit fault: If you accept blame for causing the crash or for behaving negligently, you could end up hurting your case. Limit or put on hold your use of social media. Remember, your Facebook comments and posts can be used against you.
- Contact an attorney: It is not advisable to call an insurance company without first discussing your case with a skilled Oklahoma personal injury attorney. In some cases, it is even possible to have an attorney speak with the insurance provider on your behalf.
At the Maples Law Firm, we help victims of Oklahoma car accidents get fair compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses. To obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights, please contact us at (888) 226-6159.
A taxi driver is fighting for his life after a wrong way driver struck his vehicle head-on, News9 reports. Officials say the head-on collision occurred on Interstate 235 near Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City. According to police, a 29-year-old man was driving a white van north in the southbound lanes of traffic when it crashed into the Yellow Cab taxi.
The 37-year-old taxi driver has been listed in critical condition. The backseat passenger in the taxi was extremely sore and suffered a number of cuts and bruises. The driver of the van was hospitalized with unknown injuries. It is unclear why he was traveling the wrong way or if alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.
Some of the most devastating Oklahoma car accidents involve head-on collisions. These types of accidents can occur when a vehicle veers into oncoming traffic or when a motorist simply drives the wrong way in traffic. Under Oklahoma Statute 47-11-308-C, it is a misdemeanor to drive the wrong way on a one-way street. Under Oklahoma Code 11-311(a), whenever a highway has been divided into two roadways by a space or physical barrier, every vehicle shall be driven only upon the right-hand roadway.
There are a number of potential causes of wrong-way accidents. Fatigued driving, impaired driving, and excessive speeds are some of the most common reasons these types of serious injury crashes occur. Drivers who are responsible for these types of devastating collisions may be held accountable for their wrongdoing.
Attorney Ray Maples and the legal team at Maples Law Firm have years of experience holding negligent drivers liable for the damages they cause. We offer free consultations at (888) 226-6159 to anyone who has been injured in an Oklahoma traffic accident.
A man and a woman had to be extricated from their vehicles after being involved in an Oklahoma City car accident that may have involved a drunk driver. According to a News9.com report, the DUI (driving under the influence) crash occurred at Hefner Road and Council Road in Oklahoma City. Officials say a 49-year-old man was under the influence when he crashed his Red Camaro into a second vehicle.
He suffered internal bleeding and had to undergo surgery. The woman in the other vehicle was taken to the hospital in unknown condition. The man who officials said caused the Oklahoma City car crash was charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol with great bodily injury, DUI, speeding, reckless driving, and disregarding a signal light.
Under Oklahoma Section 11-801, “It shall be deemed reckless driving for any person to drive a motor vehicle in a careless or wanton manner without regard for the safety of persons or property.”
Drivers who carelessly or recklessly cause injury accidents may be held accountable for their wrongdoing through civil litigation. It is important for victims to understand that criminal prosecution will not result in monetary compensation. In order to get fair compensation following an accident, the injured victim will need to file a personal injury claim and prove that the other driver’s fault or negligence caused the accident and the resulting injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Oklahoma car accident caused by a reckless driver, please contact an experienced Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
Oklahoma car accident victim lawyers know that it is all too common for insurance companies to offer inadequate settlements that do not fully cover the damages and losses suffered by a crash victim. If you have been hurt in an Oklahoma car accident, it is crucial that you carefully document your losses and that you contact a skilled attorney who can help you pursue fair compensation.
Every loss that is directly related to an accident should be included in a personal injury claim. In order to get monetary support for your losses, you will need to have documentation of every expense. Make sure you save receipts and invoices from your mechanic if you had your car repaired, as well as all medical bills. You should also request a copy of your medical records. If your doctor has informed you that you will need continued medical treatment, such as rehabilitation services or surgery, you need to keep a log of those expenses as well. You should also keep track of the number of days you missed work as you healed from your accident-related injuries.
Financial losses are not the only damages that can be included in an Oklahoma personal injury claim. It is also possible to pursue compensation for physical pain and mental anguish. You can document what you are going through by keeping a daily journal. Write down the activities you are not able to perform because of your injury. Keep track of your daily struggles and how your life has changed since the incident. A skilled lawyer will know how to calculate a monetary value for these types of losses.
It is important to remember that it is in the best interest of an insurance adjuster to deny your claim or to offer you a settlement that does not fully cover your losses. An experienced attorney will be able to analyze all facets of your case and ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.