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Uninsured Drivers Pose Serious Risk in Oklahoma Auto Accidents

by Keith Adkins

When an Oklahoma auto accident occurs, having insurance coverage can be crucial when it comes time to pay expenses; however, Oklahoma has one of the highest uninsured motorist rates in the United States today.

An investigative report from Oklahoma’s News 9 shows as many as one in four Oklahoma vehicles is on the road without proper insurance coverage. Oklahoma’s Insurance Commissioner, John Doak, passed a law in 2013 that was aimed at reducing the number of uninsured Oklahoma vehicles that were on the road by allowing officers to place a temporary tag on uninsured vehicles that provided coverage for up to 10 days. If the owner of the vehicle wants to get their original tag back, they must provide proof of insurance coverage within that 10-day period.

While the policy sounded wonderful in theory, it has been found to be ineffective in practice. Only six tags were taken during the program’s first year and less that half of all Oklahoma’s 77 Counties took a set of tags last year.

With this particular law being unable to provide motorists with adequate protection from uninsured drivers, the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys say it’s more important that ever before to be aware of your legal rights if you’ve been involved in an accident with an uninsured vehicle. Speaking with an attorney can help you understand your rights.

We can be reached to answer your questions any time by calling (877) 579-6800.

 

Oklahoma Law Enforcement Works To Keep Teens From Drinking and Driving

by Staff

As spring creeps into the state of Oklahoma and prom season descends, many local officials and parents across the state are becoming more concerned about the dangers of drunk driving. The worry is not unwarranted either, considering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one-quarter of all teenage motorists who were killed as a result of a Car Accident had been drinking.

To help drive the message home that drinking and driving is dangerous to teens in the city of Choctaw, Oklahoma, law enforcement are using several different simulators to show the affects that alcohol can have on one’s ability to drive. An article from KOCO News stated participants are asked to put on a pair of glasses that can affect vision and depth perception, much the way alcohol can. Those individuals are then asked to perform field sobriety tests as well as operating a go-kart through a course.

Most teens that took part in the event stated it made them realize the level of impairment alcohol can cause. They added the exercises would certainly make them think twice about getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers know the risks drinking and driving can pose and ask all motorists to establish designated drivers for the evening if they are planning to drink.

Officials Hope to Reduce Oklahoma Car Accidents Through Infrastructure Improvements

by Staff

The risk of being involved in a car accident is a serious danger for the citizens of Oklahoma. In fact, estimates show there were a total of 70,669 crashes in the state during 2012 alone. The state is hoping to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with Oklahoma Car Accidents by upgrading the infrastructure of several key locations on Oklahoma highways.

An article from the Tulsa World explains a total of six sections of Oklahoma roadways have been selected to have a cable barrier system installed. The system works to stop crashing vehicles by entangling and snaring the wreckage, rather than creating a wall like a guardrail system. Research has proven these systems effective in reducing auto accident fatalities and injuries.

The federal government will foot the $1.9 million price tag on the 30-mile project. Work is expected to be complete by the end of June.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is also working to correct cracks that have formed in the US 77/Oklahoma 39 bridge that connects Purcell and Lexington.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers are happy to see improvements being made to the state’s highways in order to improve safety and are hopeful to see more of these actions in the future.

Distraction and Drugged Driving to Blame for Fatal Oklahoma Car Accident

by Staff

Each year, hundreds of thousands of motor vehicle collisions occur in the state of Oklahoma. Large portions of those accidents are caused by drivers who are intoxicated or distracted while behind the wheel. The Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers state that a crash that occurred last month in Oklahoma City was the result of both contributing factors.

An article from FOX 25 News claims the incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 9, at the intersection of NE 10th Street and Standish. Reports indicate the 31-year-old driver of a vehicle was under the influence of drugs as he approached the intersection. Just before reaching the crossing he looked down at his phone and, while distracted, plowed into the rear-end of a vehicle being driven by a 27-year-old man.

The impact of the collision claimed the driver of the stopped car’s life. The driver responsible for the crash was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence as well as causing an accident without a license.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks posed by driving while intoxicated or distracted. J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of these dangers and would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the man who was recently killed.

Drowsy Driving Blamed as Contributing Factor to Oklahoma Car Accident

by Staff

Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents today. In fact, data from the National Sleep Foundation shows an estimated 60 percent of adult drivers admit to getting behind the wheels of vehicles without enough rest. Furthermore, more than one-third of motorists admit to falling asleep while driving, with roughly 4 percent of those individuals saying they have been in an accident after drifting to sleep while driving.

The Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that drowsy driving was the cause of a recent crash that occurred in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Reports indicate the collision happened at approximately 2 a.m. this morning, near the intersection of Peoria Avenue and 64th Street, on the south side of town.

According to a story from News on 6, the motorist was heading north along Peoria when he began to fall asleep while driving. The vehicle then drifted across the oncoming lane of traffic and crashed into a power pole.

The incident leaves many motorists wondering what they can do to prevent becoming the victim of a drowsy driving accident. J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers state that individuals should not attempt to drive without having enough rest. If a motorist becomes tired while traveling, the firm suggests pulling over at the next safe location to take a short nap.

Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Dangers of Distracted Driving

by Staff

Distracted driving is quickly becoming a leading cause of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Oklahoma. In fact, data indicates 11 percent of all Oklahoma drivers under age 20 who were involved in fatal crashes reported they were distracted at the time of their accident.

The Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that distracted driving played a part in a recent collision that claimed a young man’s life and left two other motorists seriously injured.

According to an article from 9 News, the incident occurred o West 151st Street South in Glenpool, Oklahoma. Reports indicate the 28-year-old driver of a minivan was heading east along the road when he veered across the centerlines and collided with a 2000 Chevrolet Lumina. The driver of the minivan was not wearing a seat belt and was killed as a result of the crash. The two passengers in the Lumina suffered injuries that required further treatment.

This type of accident leaves many wondering what is being done to help prevent distracted driving accidents from occurring in the future. The team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers at J. Colbert Injury Lawyers point out that despite strong public support for a ban on texting and driving, state legislators shot down a bill that would prohibit the behavior this past April.

In the meantime, the firm says drivers should do their part to stay safe by putting their phone down while driving and encouraging others to do the same.

 

Man Could Lose Leg After Serious Oklahoma Auto Accident Injury

by Staff

A man sustained serious Oklahoma Auto Accident Injuries as the result of a crash that occurred earlier this week. Reports indicate that alcohol may have been a contributing factor to the crash.

According to an article from The Express-Star, the victim was driving a vehicle hauling a trailer along Highway 81 at approximately 12:40 a.m. Monday morning when he pulled to the right of the fog line to inspect the trailer. When the victim got out of the vehicle, he was struck by an oncoming pickup truck.

The impact of the collision left the victim with severe injuries to his lower left leg. Paramedics transported the man to a local hospital, where doctors determined the leg mill most likely have to be amputated due to the extent of the injuries sustained in the accident.

Meanwhile, police questioned the driver of the red pickup truck. Further investigation determined the driver of the truck was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. He was taken into custody and later charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), DUI causing great bodily harm, and failure to maintain a single lane of traffic.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers are aware of the devastating results drunk driving can have on numerous lives. That’s why the firm asks that motorists never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol.

Sperry Man Sentenced For Causing Fatal Tulsa Car Accident

by Staff

Last week, a 20-year-old man from Sperry, Oklahoma, was sentenced in Washington County District Court for causing a fatal Tulsa Car Accident. The man was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Tulsa World, the accident occurred on U.S. 75 in November 2011. The Sperry man was driving along the highway when he began to approach a construction zone. Reports indicate he veered off the roadway where he then struck an Oklahoma Department of Transportation worker from Bartlesville.

The driver was taken into custody and charged. In March, a jury found the man guilty of the crimes he was accused of and recommended a sentence of four years for the manslaughter charge and no punishment for the drug-related crimes. Last Monday, Associate District Judge, Russell Vaclaw, agreed with the recommendation and finalized the sentence.

Many argue the punishment did not fit the crime, considering a sentence of only four years was given for taking an innocent life.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that in the event a person is injured or killed as the result of another person’s negligence, the family of the victim may be able to receive compensation for their losses through civil litigation. However, there a certain statutes of limitations that must be considered. That’s why the firm suggests discussing any legal options and rights with an attorney immediately.

Oklahoma Car Accident Seriously Injures Three People

by Staff

Three people were left seriously injured after a car crash late last week. According to The Norman Transcript, the crash occurred at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night at the intersection of North Porter Avenue and East Franklin Road.

Reports from the Norman Police Department indicated that the driver of a small car carrying one other passenger was attempting to make a left turn at the intersection when the driver of a minivan failed to come to a halt at a stop sign and slammed into the driver’s side of the car.

Rescue crews had to transport the driver of the car to a University of Oklahoma hospital to be treated for critical injuries from the Oklahoma car accident, while the car’s passenger was treated for less severe injuries. The minivan driver was taken to a local hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident.

Investigators say they will continue to look into what contributing factors may have led to the accident.

The Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers point out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Report shows that more than 2.3 million Americans reported accidents at intersections in 2008, resulting in nearly 8,000 fatalities. More than 750 of those deaths were attributed to drivers who failed to stop for a red light or stop sign.

Tulsa Cyclist Killed in a Hit-And-Run Accident

by Staff

A 21-year-old man from Tulsa was killed recently as the result of a hit-and-run accident with a motor vehicle. According to an article from Oklahoma’s News On 6, the accident happened on Oct. 29 at around 10:15 p.m. on West 71st Street.

Reports from the Tulsa Police Department indicate the victim was pedaling eastbound near the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center when a white car struck him from behind. The impact of the Oklahoma Car Accident threw the cyclist from his bike and into another vehicle in front of him. The driver of the white car then fled the scene before witnesses could gather any further information.

Despite the bicyclist wearing both a helmet and reflectors, he died at the scene of the accident. Tulsa Police say they are continuing their investigation into the incident.

Accidents like this have prompted many Oklahomans to call for stiffer punishments for fleeing the scene of an accident. As the law now stands, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in injury, property damage, or death can lead to a misdemeanor charge punishable by a $500 fine.

The Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers understand how frustrating the loss of a loved one due to a tragic accident can be, and our law firm is here to answer questions about your legal rights if you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own.