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Oklahoma City Construction Worker Killed in Accident

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A 43-year-old Oklahoma City construction worker was recently killed in a work-related accident. The Oklahoman reports the accident happened on Aug. 24 at around 3:30 p.m. at a construction site at the Old Interstate 40 near Bricktown.

The victim was hired to tear apart the interstate overpass as part of a crew working for Tulsa-based Sherwood Construction Co. Witnesses state the man was helping to move a large steel beam when a chain snapped and dropped the beam, slinging the arm of a backhoe directly into the victim. The worker died as a result of the accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the Oklahoma Construction Accident and will release its findings and information about any fines that are attached to the accident upon its completion.

In the meantime, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the construction industry has one of the highest rates of injury and death for its employees in the country, with accidents involving workers being crushed being one of the top four causes of worker injury.

That is why the Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who has been hurt or lost a loved one due to an Oklahoma construction accident to contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights.

Oklahoma City Installing Illuminated Stop Signs to Reduce Accidents

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Oklahoma City is testing lighted stop signs as a radical new way of keeping motorists safe on the city’s roadways. The Oklahoman reports the four lighted stop signs are currently being utilized at intersections where crash rates are exceptionally high as an effort to make drivers more aware of signage that is often missed.

The city’s public works department rolled out the program just a few months ago at the intersection of SE 59 and Cemetery Road, a new stop sign location, with positive results. The signs were then moved to another intersection after law enforcement received numerous complaints of Oklahoma Car Accidents being caused by drivers blowing through stop signs.

City traffic engineer, Stuart Chai, points out the signs will be most effective when assisting motorists’ readjustment to new signage along familiar routes. He stated that drivers could often be oblivious to freshly installed signs along routes they drive on a daily basis. He added, “Those are the ones whose attention we have to capture for a while so they can adjust.”

The Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say they are hopeful these new and innovative signs will be effective in better protecting the citizens of Oklahoma from the dangers of auto accidents. They also ask that motorists be aware of their surroundings at all times in order to prevent accidents caused by simply missing a sign.

State Representative Awarded Thousands in Workers’ Comp Benefits Following Car Crash

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Controversy is swirling around whether or not an Oklahoma state representative should be allowed to collect Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation benefits following a car accident while on his way to the Capitol three years ago.

The Oklahoman reports the accident happened on the morning of Feb. 29, 2009, while the representative and his wife were traveling to the Capitol building in Oklahoma City. During the commute, the driver of a large truck attempted to make an illegal U-turn which caused the truck to strike the representative’s vehicle.

Workers cannot receive workers’ compensation benefits in the event of an accident while commuting; however, an exception is made when workers are reimbursed for their mileage or travel time. The representative’s attorneys argued he was entitled to the exception since the government reimbursed the lawmaker for one trip per week to the Capitol. A judge agreed and awarded the man nearly $62,000 in benefits for a partially permanent injury.

Attorneys for Compsource Oklahoma, who provide workers’ compensation insurance to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, claim the exception is null and void since the representative was carpooling with his wife. They added that this was the third time the representative had filed a claim.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers suggest speaking to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer if you have questions about your legal rights following a work-related injury.

Two Motorists Injured as the Result of Oklahoma Auto Accident

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Two Oklahoma men were seriously injured as the result of a single-vehicle auto accident on Saturday night. According to an article published by The Ardmoreite, distracted driving caused the crash.

The incident occurred at around 12:55 a.m. on US Highway 77 as the 18-year-old driver of a Chrysler sedan was traveling southbound with a 20-year-old male in the front passenger seat. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that the driver took her eyes off the road for a brief moment, which was enough time to allow the vehicle to veer off the side of the highway and strike a set of concrete stairs connected to a building next to the road. The impact of the Oklahoma Car Accident caused the car to roll and eject the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Rescue crews were able to stabilize the driver and transport her to a hospital where she remains in critical condition. The passenger in the vehicle, who was buckled in, was treated and released at a local hospital.

Research shows that buckling your safety belt can reduce your chance of death in an accident by as much as 50 percent.

This is why the Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers ask that all motorists buckle up the moment the sit down in a vehicle and insist that other passengers do the same.

Oklahoma Drilling Company Forced to Pay $55,000 Fine for Unsafe Working Conditions

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a job in the mining and extraction industries is one of the most dangerous occupations to have. In 2010, the industry saw a 74 percent increase in the number of fatal work-related accidents, from 99 incidents in 2009 to 172 cases reported in 2010.

The industries are heavily regulated and monitored to ensure safe working conditions for employees due to the high risk of injury or death, which can result in an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation claim. Companies can face serious penalties when infractions are discovered.

Recently, the Oklahoma-based oil and gas company, Horizontal Well Drillers, were forced to pay more than $55,000 in fines in connection with several safety violations that bred unsafe work conditions.

According to WorkersCompensation.com, the company repeatedly failed to install guardrails along walkways to prevent falls of four-feet or more. The company also did not require that employees use personal protective equipment, such as flame-retardant clothing. Worse yet, a piece of equipment was not properly grounded, which posed a serious safety hazard.

The company has 15 days to make a response to the charges.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers advise anyone who has been injured as the result of a work-related accident to take a look at all of the legal options available by discussing the case with a knowledgeable attorney.

Two Injured in Oklahoma City Car Accident with Fire Truck

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While fire trucks are normally associated with rescue efforts, two Oklahoma residents recently experienced the unexpected. According to KOCO News, the pair suffered serious injuries after the vehicle they were in was T-boned by an Oklahoma City Fire Department truck.

The Oklahoma Car Accident happened this past Monday at around 7:45 p.m. The victims’ Buick sedan passed through the intersection of S.W. 44th Street and Independence Avenue and was struck by the fire truck. The two occupants of the vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment and they are expected to make full recoveries.

Investigators have not said whether the truck was responding to or returning from a call, or if the vehicle had its lights and sirens on at the time of the collision. Law requires that emergency vehicles always use both lights and sirens when responding to an emergency call. Failure to follow this safety procedure could be considered negligent and result in the driver of the emergency vehicle being found at fault for the crash.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to be on the lookout for emergency vehicles with their lights and sirens on, and to always pull over to the side of the road in order to allow them room to safely pass through traffic.

Drowsy Driving a Contributing Factor in Oklahoma Car Crash

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Statistics show that drowsy driving should be a risk that is of great concern to most motorists, as one-third of all drivers polled by the National Sleep Foundation had admitted to falling asleep at the wheel. Numbers also show that nodding off while driving contributes to nearly 100,000 crashes each year, resulting in around 7,100 injuries and 1,550 deaths.

Drowsy driving was responsible for an Oklahoma Car Accident that occurred last Saturday in Pushmataha County that seriously injured nine people. According to reports from Oklahoma’s 9 News, the accident happened at around 11 p.m. near mile-marker 23 along the Indian Nation Turnpike.

Reports indicate that the 33-year-old driver of a vehicle carrying eight additional passengers dozed off for a brief moment. The vehicle struck the median and the driver awoke and overcorrected. This caused the vehicle to roll before coming to a stop. Six passengers were ejected from the vehicle as a result of the crash. Three children remain in critical condition and another is in stable condition following treatment at a local hospital.

Investigators are examining whether or not other factors contributed to the severity of the accident and the injuries sustained.

The Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers understand how just how difficult injuries resulting from an accident can be and would like to wish all of those who were hurt a full and speedy recovery.

Death of Oklahoma Construction Worker Ruled an Accident

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The Oklahoma Construction Accident on the campus of the University of Oklahoma that resulted in the death of a construction worker has been ruled accidental. According to an article released by The Oklahoman, the ruling from the state’s chief medical examiner came just two weeks ago.

The accident happened on June 18 at approximately 9:15 a.m. on the roof of Headington Hall at the corner of Lindsey Street and Jenkins Avenue. Investigators believe that the 24-year-old victim, who was replacing a section on top of the historic building for a local roofing company, slipped and fell four stories before striking the roof of a lower level. Witnesses and co-workers stabilized and administered first aid to the man before he was airlifted to a local medical facility. Unfortunately, he died from his injuries shortly after arrival.

Although investigations by both the man’s employer and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are still ongoing, preliminary findings have determined that the worker was not properly secured with a safety harness affixed to tie off points on top of the building’s roof.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers of J. Colbert Injury Law Firm say that a job in the construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous occupations that a person can have in the United States. That is why it is so important that construction workers follow all safety measures and procedures very carefully while on the job.

Oklahoma Car Crash Leaves Three Teens Injured

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A recent AAA Foundation study shows that teen drivers carrying a passenger under the age of 21 face a 44 percent greater chance of an accident. The odds doubled when two passengers were in the car.

This startling data hit home in the wake of a Oklahoma Car Accident earlier this week. According to KJRH News, three young girls were injured as the result of an accident that was caused by inattention.

The accident occurred on US Highway 60 at around 6 p.m. on Monday afternoon in Osage County, Oklahoma. Police say the 16-year-old driver of a Buick sedan was heading east along the highway when she lost control of the vehicle while turning. She over-corrected twice and eventually rolled the vehicle before it came to a halt.

A 9-year-old passenger in the backseat, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and was found roughly 50 feet from the site of the crash. She was airlifted to a local hospital to receive treatment for both internal and external injuries to her head, arms, and torso.

The driver and a 13-year-old passenger also suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital.

The Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say that accidents like this are the reason that parents should set rules with teen drivers in regards to how many passengers they may have in their vehicle at one time.

Oklahoma Train Accident Leaves Three Dead

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A Tulsa Train Accident that occurred this past Sunday morning has left three men dead. According to a report from Time, the accident happened on a stretch of track that runs parallel with US 54, about 300 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

Officials state that the accident occurred when an eastbound train carrying 108 cars from Los Angeles to Chicago collided head-on with a westbound train pulling 80 cars. A long-haul trucker who witnessed the accident stated that the eastbound train was going roughly 70 miles per hour just before the collision, and that neither train attempted to signal each other prior to the accident.

The Oklahoma train accident caused a powerful explosion, resulting in a fire that burned for days. Rescue crews were just able to get close enough to the wreckage today to recover the bodies of the three men who were killed. A fourth man, who jumped from the train just seconds before the crash, escaped uninjured.

An investigation into the accident, conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board, has already determined that one of the trains failed to take a side track and yield right of way to the other train. There was also no malfunction discovered with the equipment that was directing the trains.

The Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Personal Injury Lawyers would like to send their deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the three victims of this tragic accident.