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Oklahoma Boat Accident Leaves One Dead and Another Passenger Missing

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An Oklahoma Boat Accident has left one man dead and another man missing. According to reports from KOCO News, the accident occurred Monday night on Kaw Lake, just east of Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Local law enforcement stated that the driver of the boat told them that he and two other men had ventured out on the lake to run some fishing lines, when the boat began taking on water quickly. They tried to reach shore, but overturned several hundred yards from land.

The boat’s operator was able to pull one of the passengers to shore, but he was declared dead shortly after the rescue. The other passenger is still missing, and search teams will continue to scour the lake..

The United States Coast Guard claims that nearly 1,000 people die each year as a result of boating accidents in the United States and as many as 2,500 are injured. Additionally, they estimate that more than 30,000 non-fatal boating accidents go unreported each yea. In nearly one-quarter of these accidents, drugs and/or alcohol were considered contributing factors.

This is why the Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say that it is so important to always have enough personal floatation devices, such as life preservers, for each passenger aboard the boat. It is also a good idea to have an emergency first aid kit and a radio to call for help in the event of an emergency.

Oklahoma Construction Worker Injured By Passing Vehicle

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers have the most dangerous job in the United States. This is due to the fact that the industry accounts for more fatal accidents than any other. In 2010 alone, 193 fatal construction accidents occurred.

An Oklahoma construction worker was recently injured in Moore, Oklahoma, after being struck by a vehicle on a job site. A report by KOCO News says the accident happened around 11:00 a.m. Monday at Northwest 5th Street and North Telephone Road.

Witnesses and co-workers of the victim say a white Jaguar sedan pulled into a blocked off section of 5th Street where construction was taking place. When workers told the man he would have to move the car, he became agitated, began cursing, and slammed his foot on the gas pedal. When he accelerated the vehicle and attempted to make a U-turn, he collided with a nearby worker and ran him over. The driver then fled the scene.

The injured worker was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries to his arms and legs, and he also complained of head pain.

The driver turned himself into police a short time later and now faces charges of hit-and-run connected to the case.

The Oklahoma Construction Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to wish the worker injured in this senseless accident a speedy and full recovery from his injuries.

Massive Explosion In Oklahoma Shows Dangers Workers Face

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The dangers blue-collared workers face on the job site was highlighted last Friday night in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, when a tank four men were working on exploded. According to reports from News Channel 4, investigators with the Kingfisher Fire Department determined the blast was caused by residual gas and flammable fumes that had built up in the tank.

One of the men was welding on the tank with the three others standing near the front of it when a spark from the torch ignited into a giant fireball. The blast knocked windows out of surrounding cars and buildings and left the tank with a gaping hole on the underside, but miraculously none of the men around the tank were injured.

While all the workers in this case luckily escaped unscathed, other workers may not be so lucky if a similar accident were to occur. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the construction industry is the most dangerous, having more fatal accidents per year than the trucking industry. In fact, in the year 1995, welders alone accounted for a total of 72 deaths in the industry.

That’s why it’s important that employers and contractors promote a safety oriented work environment and carry plenty of workers’ compensation insurance. Unfortunately, many times when an accident happens, insurance companies do not properly compensate the victim.

The Oklahoma workers’ compensation attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers advise those who were hurt on-the-job at no fault of their own to seek the advice of an attorney immediately after getting medical attention.

Oklahoma City Teen Hit By Pickup Reunited with His Family

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An Oklahoma City teen that was seriously injured after being involved in an accident with a truck Friday morning has been identified and reunited with his family. According to KFOR News, the accident occurred at around 8:30 AM at the 1900 block of NE 23rd Street.

Police reports show that the boy was riding his bike through an intersection in the neighborhood streets when he was broadsided by a pickup truck. The boy could only whisper his first name to witnesses before slipping into unconsciousness. Posts on social networks about the accident helped reunited the 15-year-old with his family.

The teen suffered major head trauma and is listed in critical condition.

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute reports that 630 cyclists died on US highways in 2009 and that 74 of those were young teens. They found that 44 percent of all nonfatal bicycle accidents also occurred to riders between the ages of five and 20. This accounts for approximately 22,000 of the reported injuries examined.

The Oklahoma bicycle accident attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers encourage motorists and cyclists to be courteous to one another and always share the road. The most common reason reported for collisions with cyclists is that the driver “did not see them.” That is why it is important to keep one another safe by always looking twice at intersections before proceeding.

Ambulance Driver Charged With Negligent Homicide

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A 36-year-old ambulance driver has been charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide following an accident on December 10, which killed the other driver involved. According to News Channel 4, the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) paramedic was responding to a priority 2 call with lights and sirens on when he collided with a van at the intersection of N.W. 10th St. and May Ave.

Affidavits show that the ambulance was approaching traffic congestion at a higher speed than previously believed–83 MPH in a 40 MPH zone–when the driver chose to go across the double yellow centerlines and pass eastbound traffic in the westbound lanes. As this was happening, the victim made a legal left turn into a driveway and into the path of the ambulance where the two collided. The victim died a short time after the crash.

While attorneys for the paramedic are firmly standing by the statement that the man responded properly and followed all procedures and protocols in response to the call, the paramedics driving history may hurt his case. In 2002, the man pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, open container, speeding, and unsafe lane changes.

The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers have more than 20 years of experience helping victims defend their rights. If you, or someone you know, have been injured in an accident at no fault of your own, contact us today to get a free consultation of your case.

New Regulations For Emergency Response Vehicles?

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A change in Oklahoma state law may take place in regards to emergency vehicle driver safety after a recent accident involving an ambulance and a minivan. According to KOCO News, an Oklahoma City man was killed when an Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) ambulance hit his van at the intersection of Northwest 10th and May Avenue.

The man was passing through the intersection with a green light as an ambulance smashed into the side of his vehicle. The impact sent the car skidding nearly 75-feet across the asphalt before hitting a light pole.

Witnesses told investigating officers that the ambulance only had its lights on, and not it’s siren, as it blew through the intersection and T-boned the man’s car; however, an EMSA investigation determined that both lights and sirens were on at the time of the crash.

State law does not require an emergency vehicle to use any light, sirens, or a combination of both when responding to an emergency.

State Representative Doug Cox says he will introduce legislation next session that will require ambulances and other emergency vehicles to use both lights and sirens when responding to calls.

The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers support the push for better laws regulating emergency vehicle driver safety when going to or coming from a call or emergency situation. If you have been injured in an emergency vehicle accident at no fault of your own, contact an attorney today.

Three Oklahoma City Students Injured In Elevator Shaft

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Three students at an Oklahoma City school were injured Tuesday after being trapped in an elevator shaft in a school building. According to News Channel 4, the accident took place on the campus of Classen School of Advanced Studies, located at the corner of Classen Boulevard and NW 18th Street, at 11:20 this morning.

Authorities say an administrator was on the elevator when he began to hear screaming coming form underneath. Upon investigation, he found the two seventh graders and a sixth grader trapped in the shaft beneath the machinery. He immediately contacted 911 and rescuers had the girls freed within 35 minutes. Investigators are unsure how the accident occurred.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman, Lara O’Leary, stated that the students were transported to University of Oklahoma Medical Center by ambulance. One of the girls was in need of emergency treatment, while the other two suffered non-life threatening back and leg injuries.

Officials with OKC Public Schools said that although the accident happened in a part of the building that has not undergone recent renovations the rest of the building has seen, the elevator was inspected for safety less than a week ago.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers often handle cases where injured victims were hurt in accidents caused at no fault of their own. If you have suffered a similar accident, contact us today by filling out a free online consultation form to talk about your case further.

Three Accidents Involving Oklahoma City Police Officers In 24 Hours

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The Oklahoma City Police Department says two officers were injured during a string of three crashes within a 24-hour period last week. According to News Channel 4, the accidents happened between Friday and Saturday.

A spokesperson for the Department, Sergeant Gary Knight, stated the first accident happened in the early morning hours of Friday at the intersection of 44 and Agnew, when a driver ran a red light and struck the front end of the officer’s cruiser as he passed through the intersection. The officer suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Not long after the first accident, a second occurred at MLK Boulevard and El Reno. No injuries were reported from the minor fender bender.

The final accident came as an officer had a vehicle pulled over on I-44. He was gathering information about the driver, when suddenly a vehicle hit the squad car from behind. He had apparently swerved off the road to avoid missing a slowing vehicle in front of him in the right hand lane. Unfortunately, when he swerved off the road, he put himself on a direct path into the rear of the stopped patrol car. The officer was taken to a local hospital where he was expected to make a full recovery.

The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to urge all drivers to move into the left lane when you see an officer with a stopped vehicle on the side of the road.

Woman dies in Oklahoma pedestrian accident

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A 43-year-old Oklahoma woman died Monday night after being struck by a car while she was lying in the roadway, according to the Tulsa World. The driver of the vehicle and her passenger both failed to see her.

A medical examiner pronounced the woman dead of her Oklahoma pedestrian accident injuries at the scene. The driver and passenger of the vehicle involved in the car accident were not injured.

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