Many teens in Oklahoma are beginning to catch spring fever as prom and graduation quickly approach. The Oklahoma City auto accident attorneys with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys say it’s important for teens to be reminded that this time of year is notorious for having a high number of drunk driving accidents involving young people.
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows up to 35 percent of teens admit to consuming alcohol within the past month. Ten percent of those individuals stated they drove after drinking, while 22 percent said they had been a passenger in a vehicle driven by an intoxicated individual.
Those who are responsible for causing drunk driving accidents can be held liable for their actions as well. The family of a 17-year-old Oklahoma boy who was killed in a drunk driving car accident was recently awarded a $1.5 million settlement in an Oklahoma drunk driving lawsuit. According to the Insurance Journal, the suit claimed the liquor store that sold alcohol to an underage motorist and the school district were directly responsible for their loss.
One of the best ways to prevent your child from being involved in a drunk driving accident is to regularly talk with them about the dangers this behavior can pose. At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers also suggest creating a contract with teen drivers that specifically states they will not get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Taking these two simple precautions could save your child’s life.
Two Oklahoma teens are lucky to be alive after a single-vehicle accident this past weekend. According to reports from The Enid News-Eagle, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers believe that alcohol may be to blame for the crash.
Reports of the incident indicate that the crash happened around 2:00 a.m. Sunday on E 0530 Road, just west of Highway 58. A 17-year-old male was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when he veered into a ditch on the far side of the rural road. The driver over corrected, causing the vehicle to roll twice and eject a passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver then backed out of the ditch and attempted to flee the scene just before rolling the vehicle down an embankment on the east side of the road.
The 17-year-old passenger who was ejected was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City in critical condition after suffering injuries to his head, legs, arms, and torso. The driver of the truck was last listed in stable condition with head, arm, and leg injuries.
Troopers who are investigating the accident say that there was an odor of alcohol on the driver when they arrived on the scene, and charges against the driver are pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers encourage parents to have an open dialogue about the dangers of drunk driving with your teens.
Being in a car accident is bad enough, but what happens when the other driver doesn’t have insurance? If they are at fault for the accident and you are left injured, their lack of insurance could make it very difficult for you to collect any compensation for their injuries and damages.
Data shows that on today’s highways, between 25-30 percent of motorists in Oklahoma are uninsured, despite regulations that require it.
According to reports from KOCO News, lawmakers in the state of Oklahoma are looking to crack down on the problem by implementing a new law that would be aimed at taking these uninsured drivers off the road.
The state’s public safety committee will examine the bill on Wednesday that proposes making it a primary offense to drive a vehicle that is uninsured. The bill, if put into law, would be considered a sister act to the law that was passed several years ago that allows officers to run a vehicle’s tags to check if it’s uninsured.
If the bill is approved, the law could take effect as early as November 1 of this year.
The Oklahoma car accident lawyers with J.Colbert Injury Lawyers know what it takes to get a car accident victim the compensation they need in order to move on with their life. If you have been hurt at no fault of your own and have questions regarding your accident, contact an experienced lawyer today.
An Oklahoma City councilman was formally charged last Tuesday with his second DUI offense in the last three years. According to reports from News Channel 4, the councilman was arrested after police found him behind the wheel of a vehicle that had crashed into a fire hydrant.
An officer with the Oklahoma City police department was on a routine patrol when he noticed a vehicle facing north in the eastbound lanes of traffic on Northwest 63 Street at around 12:15 AM. Reports say that the driver claimed to have crashed into the hydrant after avoiding an erratic driver, but evidence at the scene contradicted the story and the man appeared to be drunk.
He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Reports noted that on the way to booking, the councilman urinated in the back of the officer’s squad car.
In 2009, the councilman was arrested under similar circumstances for driving under the influence down I-35.
Drunk driving can be a very dangerous thing to do considering it is the number one contributing factor in fatal crashes in the United States today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To help combat the growing problem of drunk driving accidents, injuries, and deaths, the Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers support programs like Safe and Sober throughout the year. The firm provides safe cab rides home for those who have been drinking too much as an alternative to driving drunk.
A new piece of legislature in Oklahoma’s law books has stirred debate over whether it is too ambiguous or just doing the job of keeping state highways safer. According to News Channel 4, house Bill 1507–also know as Aaron’s Law–took effect in the state November first of this year.
The law was named after a 17-year-old Yukon teen who was killed after being hit by a woman who ran a stop sign. The law created tougher rules against reckless driving and requires a no exceptions one year drivers license suspension for anyone ticketed for reckless driving.
“What’s the problem?” you may ask. Many citizens say that law enforcement often writes tickets for reckless driving in situations other than where bodily harm has been caused in a crash or when a driver fails to stop for a school bus. One Oklahoma City attorney said he had handled cases where a driver was cited for reckless driving for changing three lanes on a highway to get over for an exit. He said texting and driving could be now considered reckless behavior behind the wheel, and also speeding if you are going 20 miles above the posted limit.
The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers want to hear from you. Is the new law effective at stopping dangerous behavior of drivers behind the wheel, or is it too ambiguous and should only be used for more serious offenses? Tell us your opinion by posting to our Facebook page.
The dangers of drunk driving have hit home for one Oklahoma woman and the family of a man she is responsible for killing in a car crash last Wednesday. According to KTUL News, the 40-year-old woman was charged Tuesday with first-degree manslaughter in connection with the accident.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol says that the accident happened along Highway 59 near Grove, Oklahoma, at around 3:00 in the afternoon. Troopers say they believe the woman was driving under the influence of alcohol when she veered off the road while maneuvering a turn and struck a retaining wall near the highway. The impact caused her 47-year-old, male passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, to be partially ejected from the 2004 Chevrolet. He was pronounced dead at the scene once paramedics arrived.
Studies by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT) have shown a link between alcohol and lack of seat belt use. They found 38 percent of motorists involved in crashes used seat belts when the accident was not alcohol related, but the number dropped to 18 percent when alcohol was involved.
The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys at J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to encourage motorists to keep Oklahoma’s roadways safe by always buckling up and refraining from drinking if you are going to get behind the wheel. These two simple decisions could save your life, or that of another person.
Are you concerned about drivers who operate vehicles under the influence of a mind-altering substance? The occurrence may be more frequent than you think, and even if you’re not on the road, you could be at risk.
If a pizza restaurant had been open at the time of a recent Oklahoma City auto accident, patrons and workers of the restaurant could have been Oklahoma City auto accident injury victims.
According to The Oklahoman, an Oklahoma City auto accident involved a driver who was may have been intoxicated, a dog, and a pizza restaurant.
The Oklahoma City auto accident occurred when the driver, a 63-year-old woman, drove her SUV into the Domino’s Pizza on North MacArthur Boulevard while she was taking her dog to be groomed at the facility next door.
No one was injured in the Oklahoma City auto accident, but the dog was pinned under the driver’s seat and the restaurant was damaged as a result of the Oklahoma City auto accident.
The driver has been arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license as a result of the Oklahoma City auto accident.
Have you been injured because of an Oklahoma City auto accident? Let the Oklahoma auto accident injury lawyers at J. Colbert Injury Lawyers help you recover.
KOCO reported that a 22-year-old man died and his 29-year-old female passenger was arrested following an Oklahoma auto accident that began with a police chase.
The police chase that ended in an Oklahoma car accident began when police received a call about a reckless driver. The police attempted to pull the driver over, but he sped away.
The Oklahoma auto accident occurred when the driver lost control of his car, which was traveling at 100 mph, and struck a curb. The car flipped seven times.
The driver and suspect were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the Oklahoma auto accident and gin was found at the scene of the crash.
Rep. Scott Inman is on a mission to help prevent alcohol-related Oklahoma auto accidents by requiring anyone who has past DUI or DWI convictions to be required to have it noted on their drivers’ licenses. The reason is so bartenders and waiters will know who has a history of drinking and driving while intoxicated. Inman proposes that the notations remain on licenses for four years and can then be removed if that person has not received additional drunk-driving citations.
Inman noted the problem of driving under the influence of alcohol and the resulting Oklahoma car crashes are a serious statewide problem.