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7 Tips to Reduce the Risk of a Propane Explosion Accident in Oklahoma City

7 Tips to Reduce the Risk of a Propane Explosion Accident in Oklahoma City

Every summer, millions of Oklahomans fire up their grills for backyard barbeque parties.  Many use propane grills, which, while cleaner than messy charcoal, can cause deadly explosions or burns if damaged by defects.  Here, our Oklahoma City burn injury lawyers offer up seven simple tips for reducing the risk of a gas grill explosion this summer. Residential Gas Grill Fire and Injury Statistics Food trucks are a popular staple of Oklahoma City and many other cities throughout the country.  In 2014, 12 people were injured – five of them seriously – when a food truck in Philadelphia exploded due to a propane leak.  The same could happen in Oklahoma City, or even your own backyard – and alarmingly, it’s more likely than you think. Far from being a rare event, the U.S. Fire Administration reports that there were 5,700 residential grill fires from 2006 to 2008.  While many are extinguished before anyone is harmed, residential grilling fires still cause an average of about 100 injuries and 10 deaths every year. Close to 80% of these fires are related to various gas fuels, and within this category, nearly 70% involve propane, a flammable substance that can cause major explosions when a propane cylinder is ruptured or punctured.  Malfunctions and mechanical failures cause about 35% of fires in gas grills.  Among fires in this category, about 23% are specifically related to broken or leaking pipes and containers. About a third of gas grill fires break out in enclosed or semi-enclosed areas like patios and screened-in porches, while another 24% begin on open balconies and open porches.  Fires are most likely to... read more
Driver Errors May Cause up to 90% of Car Accidents in Oklahoma

Driver Errors May Cause up to 90% of Car Accidents in Oklahoma

Despite having a relatively low population of about 3.9 million residents, there were close to 70,000 crashes in Oklahoma alone in 2014.  These crashes caused hundreds of deaths and more than 22,000 injuries, about 10% of which were classified by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office as being “incapacitating” to the victim.  While traffic laws and government initiatives have helped to improve Oklahoma road safety over the past few decades, the leading cause of car accidents is all but impossible to eliminate – at least until we finally get those self-driving cars.  Here, our Norman car accident lawyers examine why preventable car accidents happen so frequently. Common Types of Driving Mistakes that Cause Crashes and Collisions Some car accidents are caused by factors that are almost entirely beyond human control, or at least, beyond the driver’s control.  Humans have no power over the weather, and drivers often have no way of knowing that the road or their vehicle suffers from a defect until it is already too late.  Even cautious drivers can do little to predict or counteract safety issues like high winds, driving rain, potholes, fallen branches, defective airbags, or other vehicle defects. While factors like these are inarguably to blame for a small number of crashes, the vast majority of accidents are caused by human error.  Though there are slight variations in the data depending on where you look, most sources agree that driver mistakes are responsible for approximately 90% of car accidents.  To provide just a few examples, consider the following sources (which span nearly 30 years): 1979 – A study known as the Tri-Level Study of... read more
ATV Accidents a Summer Hazard

ATV Accidents a Summer Hazard

Summer time means people are spending more time outdoors and that means people will be out taking advantage of the weather and riding all-terrain vehicles or ATV’s. These vehicles are designed to, as their name implies, be driven on any terrain. However, despite their durability and ruggedness, they can cause severe and deadly injuries. Recently, on May 25, 2016, a 17-year-old boy sustained fatal injuries in Custer County. In this sad accident, the driver lost control over his ATV when he attempted to drive down an embankment near Foss Lake police reported KFOR-TV. What is an ATV? ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, are off-road, motorized vehicles that have three or four low-pressure tires which allow them to drive on different surfaces.  In the past these vehicles were marketed as three wheel versions, however, these models were discontinued in the late 1980’s. While you may see some tricycle motorcycles on the road, these are different from the ATV’s we are discussing. Today, virtually all ATVs in use today are the four-wheeled variety, which allows them more stability and more accessibility to different trails and road types. Some people do use ATV’s for work, such as those employed on farms and even golf courses. Certain ATV’s are equipped to handle passengers and may come with racks to hold bags and other materials that a rider may need if they are out on a trial. While these devices are fun to ride they can be a safety concern adult-sized ATVs have engines larger than 90cc, with an average range between 229cc and 649cc.A fully loaded ATV can weigh between 400 and 800 pounds... read more
Highway Safety Office Releases 2015 Oklahoma Car Accident Statistics

Highway Safety Office Releases 2015 Oklahoma Car Accident Statistics

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) is a comprehensive resource for car accident statistics.  Every year, OHSO publishes a series of reports on car crashes, motorcycle crashes, DUI accidents, car accidents during the holidays, and many other subjects.  By comparing these numbers from year to year, it’s possible to get an idea of whether automotive accidents are increasing or declining in cities and counties across the state, such as Oklahoma City car accidents.  Here, we’ll compare some key figures from 2014 and 2015 to see whether crash injuries and fatalities are becoming more or less common in Oklahoma truck accidents and other types of crashes. Statistics Show Oklahoma Auto Accident Deaths, Injuries Decreased in 2015  In 2014, a total of 152,898 people were involved in automotive accidents in Oklahoma.  Among them: 669 people were killed in fatal crashes. 3,042 people suffered incapacitating injuries. 11,690 people suffered non-incapacitating injuries. 18,673 people had possible, but unconfirmed, injuries. 109,836 people were not injured. The status of 8,988 people was unknown. There was a total of 34,074 combined fatalities and injuries of all severity. Are these problems improving, or getting worse?  Here’s how the above figures compare against the data from 2015: 162,944 people were involved in car accidents statewide, 10,046 more people than in 2014. 645 people were killed in fatal accidents, 24 fewer than the previous year. 2,826 people suffered incapacitating injuries, 216 fewer than the previous year. 11,440 people suffered non-incapacitating injuries, 250 fewer than in 2014. 20,211 people had possible injuries, a dramatic increase of 1,538 from the previous year. 116,376 people were not injured, a marked improvement of... read more
Lawn Slip and Slides Are a Paralysis Injury Hazard for Teens this Summer

Lawn Slip and Slides Are a Paralysis Injury Hazard for Teens this Summer

Lawn slides are a classic icon of summertime fun.  These devices send children whipping at high speeds down slick sheets of plastic, almost like an instant waterslide for your yard.  It’s a thrilling way to get a rush while staying cool in the heat, but lawn slides can also pose serious safety hazards.  If your family has one of these classic summertime toys boxed away in the garage, you may want to think twice before setting it up this season.  As our Oklahoma City spinal cord injury lawyers investigate here, “Slip ‘N Slides” can create a major hazard for paralysis injuries, especially for teenagers and adults. CPSC: Inflatable Lawn Slip ‘N Slides Are Paralysis Risk for Teenagers and Adults Americans were first introduced to the Slip ‘N Slide by manufacturer WHAM-O in 1961.  This simple inflatable toy has been a summer staple nearly ever since, though its history isn’t without dark spots. In 1993, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) — a federal regulatory agency responsible for “protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products” — issued a press release warning American consumers about the dangers of these popular toys.  According to the press release (which you can view in full on the CPSC recall list), about 9 million Slip ‘N Slides manufactured by WHAM-O and its parent company, Kransco, were identified as paralysis hazards for adults and teenagers.  The press release issued the following warning: “Use by adults and teens has the potential to result in neck injury and paralysis.  Because of their... read more
Fourth of July Causes a Spike in Fatal Oklahoma Car Accidents

Fourth of July Causes a Spike in Fatal Oklahoma Car Accidents

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) releases annual reports on when and where crashes occur throughout the state, revealing information about Oklahoma’s top 20 cities for fatal car accidents.  In addition to publishing reports on counties and cities, OHSO also compiles data on accidents during various holidays, including Independence Day.  The following statistics are sourced from OHSO’s 2014 and 2015 reports on Fourth of July weekend car accidents in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Fourth of July Auto Accident Statistics: Injuries, Deaths, and Intoxicated Driving OHSO defines the Independence Day holiday as the 78-hour period lasting from 6:00 P.M. on the Thursday before the Fourth of July until midnight of the following Sunday. OHSO recorded 411 total accidents involving 926 people during the 2014 Fourth of July weekend (Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6).  Seven of these accidents were fatal, resulting in 11 deaths.  A total of 138 crashes (33.6%) caused injuries, with 208 people (22.5%) injured as a result.  In other words, about one in five people were injured, though more than one third of the crashes produced injuries. Unsurprisingly, driver intoxication by drugs and alcohol played a role in about 12% of the crashes that were documented during the 2014 holiday (49 out of 411 crashes).  Despite being a factor in only about one out of 10 crashes overall during the 2014 Independence Day weekend, driver intoxication was responsible for a disproportionate number of deaths and fatal crashes.  Four out of seven fatal accidents that year involved drugs or alcohol, which were also causes of or contributing factors to five out of the 11 deaths in 2014.  Additionally, 19... read more
What to Do if the Other Driver’s Insurance Company Refuses to Settle Your Car Accident Claim

What to Do if the Other Driver’s Insurance Company Refuses to Settle Your Car Accident Claim

According to government statistics, more than 150,000 people were involved in Oklahoma car accidents in 2014.  That’s about one out of every 25 Oklahoma residents.  Unfortunately, figures like these mean it’s fairly likely you will be involved in a car accident at some time in your life.  If the other driver is responsible for causing the crash, his or her insurance company should pay for your medical expenses and property damage up to the limits of the policy.  However, insurance companies sometimes refuse to settle car accident claims.  If you ever find yourself in a situation where a negligent driver’s insurance carrier refuses to compensate you for your injuries or property damage, you should contact our skilled Oklahoma City auto accident lawyers right away for help.  We can evaluate your situation and determine what other options might be available to pursue. Common Reasons Auto Insurance Companies Deny Accident Claims There are many reasons a car insurance company might refuse to settle an accident claim in Oklahoma, such as: Delays in medical treatment, which is part of why it’s so important to see a physician right away.  We elaborated on this topic in our article about how long you have to see a doctor after a car accident. Lapses in the policyholder’s coverage, a situation you can prepare for by purchasing UM/UIM insurance coverage. Denial of the policyholder’s fault for causing the crash.  Determining fault in a multi-vehicle accident is a complex process that involves reviewing physical evidence, medical records, and police reports while comparing each driver’s actions against Oklahoma’s traffic laws. If you’d like to read more about this... read more
Do You Need a Lawyer to Negotiate a Car Accident Settlement?

Do You Need a Lawyer to Negotiate a Car Accident Settlement?

If you’ve visited our legal blog before, you may have seen our article about whether you need an insurance company to settle a car accident claim.  This time, we’re shifting the focus onto whether you need an attorney.  While it may seem biased for an Oklahoma City car accident lawyer to advise hiring an attorney to assist you, there are a few important reasons you should strongly consider seeking legal representation before you file a personal injury claim in Oklahoma. How an Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyer Can Maximize the Value of Your Claim In our article on settling a car accident claim without using insurance, we talked about the risks and pitfalls of handling an accident claim privately.  However, even after involving the at-fault driver’s insurance company, there are also risks and pitfalls to handling an accident claim (or car accident lawsuit) on your own, which is called “pro se” representation from the Latin meaning “for oneself.” Let’s start by addressing the major reason people are usually tempted to handle their claims independently: finances.  Since you’re likely to have costly medical bills as a result of your car accident injuries, it may seem logical to save yourself money by forgoing representation and taking a do-it-yourself approach instead.  However, the opposite is often true.  It may sound contradictory, but hiring a lawyer is actually likely to save you money in the long run.  The reason is that a skilled attorney can often increase the worth of your claim. The insurance industry uses an arsenal of tactics — some of which skirt or completely break the boundaries of legality (known as... read more
Steps to Take After a Dog Bite

Steps to Take After a Dog Bite

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as many as 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs annually. A troubling statistic is that with 60% of these victims are children.  The Centers for Disease Control also has estimated half of all children who are under the age of 12 have been bitten by a dog. Now that summer time is coming, it means that families and their dogs will be out and about, playing in parks, and walking down the street. When you or your child has been bitten by a dog, what do you do? Oklahoma’s Dog Bite Laws As noted above, dog bites are unfortunately very common throughout the United States. These injuries are so common in fact that most states, including Oklahoma, have enacted individual dog bite laws. These laws are designed to put owners of dogs on notice, as well as provide those who have been bitten with legal recourse. Oklahoma has a specific law that addresses dog bites and other injuries caused by dogs. Oklahoma Statutes section 4-42.1 states that a dog’s owner is liable for damages when: the dog bites or otherwise injures a person, the injured person did not provoke the dog, and the injured person was in a place he or she had a lawful right to be. Oklahoma’s statute specifically provides that there is coverage under this statute not only for dog bites themselves but also for behaviors from dogs.  One common dog behavior that leads to injuries is when a dog jumps on a person and knocks them down. A Dog Owner has “Strict Liability” in Oklahoma Dog... read more
What Types of Dog Breeds Cause the Greatest Number of Deaths and Injuries?

What Types of Dog Breeds Cause the Greatest Number of Deaths and Injuries?

All types of dogs — including, as we’ll discuss, some unexpected culprits — are capable of inflicting nasty, sometimes life-threatening bite wounds.  However, some breeds pose a greater threat than others.  And, with warm summer weather bringing more animals and people together outdoors, the risk of being bitten or injured increases.  If your child was attacked by another person’s dog while playing at a park, walking home from school, or in other situations, the pet owner may be liable for your son or daughter’s injuries.  Our Oklahoma City dog attack attorneys can help determine whether you have a claim.  Here, we’ll examine which types of dogs are most often involved in attacks on humans, according to veterinary professionals. Are Pit Bulls Really the Most Dangerous Breed?  When you hear the phrase “dangerous dog,” what sort of animal do you immediately picture?  If you’re like most people, you probably think of a pit bull right away.  After all, pit bulls have been at the heart of dog attack controversies for years.  Sometimes it seems as though pit bulls are behind every bite and mauling that gets reported in the news. On one hand, it’s true that pit bulls are responsible for a disproportionate amount of attacks on humans — as many as 82% by some estimates, despite accounting for approximately 7% of the U.S. dog population.  And, as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) points out, “If you consider only the… number of cases that resulted in very severe injuries or fatalities, pit bull-type dogs are more frequently identified [than other breeds].” At the same time, it can be dangerous... read more
Improper use of Snapchat Leads to Car Accidents

Improper use of Snapchat Leads to Car Accidents

On May 3, 2016, images of a girl using the popular social media application SnapChat ran wild on the Internet. This picture showed a picture of the girl who was determined to have been driving at a speed in excess of 107 MPH. As you can imagine, she was subsequently involved in a car accident where she rear-ended the other vehicle.  The man who she was in an accident sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and was in the hospital for over five weeks while he recovered. This sad case has brought attention to the growing problem with drivers using social media and other devices while they are driving. Dangers of Distracted Driving The dangers of distracted driving are everywhere, and it seems as if things are only getting worse as we become more and more connected and dependent on our phones and mobile devices.  In 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Younger drivers are disproportionately distracted while driving, according to federal statistics. Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers involved in fatality crashes, reports distracted.gov.  Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include: Texting - Texting is one of the biggest reasons why people are involved in accidents. Some reports estimate that when you send a text message while driving you go at least the length of a football field without looking at the road. That is a scary statistic... read more
How Many Oklahoma Auto Accidents Are Caused by Speeding?

How Many Oklahoma Auto Accidents Are Caused by Speeding?

A few years ago, we wrote an article investigating the role of speeding in Oklahoma car accidents.  At the time, we found that speeding was responsible for roughly a third of all auto accident fatalities, not only in Oklahoma, but throughout the United States.  Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that, in Oklahoma, speeding was responsible for 221 deaths in 2008, 234 in 2009, 189 in 2010, 213 in 2011, and 218 in 2012.  Now, our Cleveland County car accident lawyers examine the latest data to determine whether the problem is improving — or getting worse. Speeding Kills, Injures Hundreds of Drivers in Oklahoma Every Year NHTSA data indicates that nationwide, car accident deaths declined slightly from 2012 to 2013, decreasing by more than 1,000 from 33,782 to 32,719.  Speed-related deaths declined at a slightly lower rate, decreasing by 716 from 10,329 in 2012 to 9,613 in 2013.  Overall, the national percentage of auto accident deaths related to speeding decreased slightly from 31% to 29%.  A total of 9,262 people nationwide were killed in speeding-related accidents in 2014, bringing the percentage down further from 29% to 28%.  While the trend is moving in the right direction, too many lives are still claimed annually by preventable speed-related crashes. According to NHTSA data, as well as a report by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), a total of 678 people lost their lives in Oklahoma car accidents in 2013.  (In a separate report on statewide accidents in 2013, OHSO found that 621 crashes were fatal, meaning some accidents killed more than one person.)  In 2013, OHSO... read more
Trampoline Accidents Cause Over 100,000 Injuries Per Year

Trampoline Accidents Cause Over 100,000 Injuries Per Year

Frankly, it’s easy to see how trampolines might lead to injuries.  What’s more surprising is just how many injuries occur.  If you’d dismiss trampoline accidents as rare occurrences not worth worrying about, you’d unfortunately be mistaken.  Studies have shown that not dozens or hundreds but thousands of people get injured on trampolines every year — and with summertime upon us, we’re moving into peak season for accidents.  If your child gets injured on a trampoline in Oklahoma this summer, you may want to talk to an experienced Oklahoma product liability lawyer.  Depending on how and why the accident happened, someone could be liable for the medical bills and other expenses resulting from the injury. Consumer Product Safety Commission Trampoline Accident Statistics In addition to issuing recalls of defective and dangerous products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also tracks data on unintentional injuries and fatalities caused by various consumer items and the activities for which they are used.  The following data on trampoline injuries is taken from a September 2000 CPSC report on trampoline accidents in the United States: Roughly 100,000 people were hospitalized for trampoline injuries in 1999 alone. The majority of trampoline injury victims are children. Children aged six to 14 are especially vulnerable, with this age group accounting for roughly two thirds of all trampoline injuries resulting in emergency room treatment.  Children younger than six accounted for about 15% of injuries serious enough to need care in the E.R. While children are usually the victims, adults can also be injured and killed by trampoline accidents.  The oldest victim of a fatal trampoline accident in the CPSC’s... read more
Two Injured in Edmond, Oklahoma Fireworks Accident on 4th of July

Two Injured in Edmond, Oklahoma Fireworks Accident on 4th of July

If you’ve been reading our legal blog recently, you may have seen some of our Oklahoma fireworks accident lawyers’ safety articles leading up to the Independence Day weekend.  Unfortunately, thousands of injuries occur every year around the Fourth of July, and this summer proved no exception after two spectators were injured in a fireworks accident in Edmond, Oklahoma during a LibertyFest event. Fireworks Display at Edmond LibertyFest Cancelled After 2 Injured in Explosion, Oklahoma City Responds on Facebook Two spectators at a LibertyFest fireworks display on the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond were hospitalized for minor injuries on Monday, July 4, after a firework exploded earlier than planned.  Exploding at a lower altitude than anticipated, the firework sent pieces of shrapnel flying into the air, striking and injuring a spectator and fireworks overseer.  According to the Edmond Police Department, the accident occurred about 15 minutes after the show started. KWTV – News 9 reporter Chris Gilmore posted an update to Facebook around 11:30 P.M. that night, reading, “Just spoke to LibertyFest victim.  He confirms he was hit by a piece of shrapnel in the knee.  He’s currently bandaged up and on the way to the hospital to get stitches.”  The update featured a picture of the victim sitting in a car with a bandage wrapped around one knee.  Readers weighed in with supportive comments like “Hope it’s okay,” “Pray that he feels better!” and “Good luck sir…” Fortunately, police reported both victims of the accident were expected to make a recovery. The fireworks show was cancelled soon after the accident, in case any other injuries could have... read more
How Much Time Will it Take to Settle My Car Accident Claim in Oklahoma City?

How Much Time Will it Take to Settle My Car Accident Claim in Oklahoma City?

Being negligent means failing to exercise due care in order to avoid causing a preventable accident.  When an Oklahoma driver causes a crash by being negligent — for example, sending text messages instead of paying attention to traffic — his or her insurance company may be liable for compensating the people who were injured in the collision.  With help from an aggressive Oklahoma City car crash lawyer, the accident victim may be able to recover compensation by negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.  But how long after the accident should the injury victim wait to file an insurance claim?  And how long does the Oklahoma settlement process take? How Soon After a Car Accident Should You File an Insurance Claim in Oklahoma City? Oklahoma is a fault state for auto insurance.  If the other driver was at fault for the crash which caused your injuries, his or her insurance carrier should pay for your medical expenses and property damage.  Under Oklahoma’s minimum auto insurance requirements, all drivers must carry liability insurance for property damage and bodily injury in the following amounts: $25,000 for injury (per person), $50,000 for injury (per accident), and $25,000 for property damage (“25/50/25”). A claim you file with the at-fault driver’s insurance company is known as a “third-party” claim.  By comparison, a “first-party” claim is a claim you file with your own insurer, such as an uninsured motorist claim in a situation where the other driver does not have liability insurance. You do not have to wait to until you have recovered from your injuries (or the resulting medical procedures) to make a claim. ... read more
How to Prepare for Filing a Third-Party Insurance Claim After a Car Accident in Oklahoma City

How to Prepare for Filing a Third-Party Insurance Claim After a Car Accident in Oklahoma City

After you are injured in a car accident, you are likely to have large medical expenses.  However, if you were not responsible for the crash, you may not be responsible for the resulting costs, either.  If the accident which injured you was caused by another driver, you may be able to get compensated by making a claim with his or her insurance company.  With help from an aggressive car accident lawyer in Oklahoma City, it could be possible to negotiate a settlement.  This article offers some tips on preparing for a third-party car accident claim against the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company. Review Your Injury Claim with Our Norman, Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers Once you have reached a safe location and have received medical attention, you should call an experienced attorney right away to go over your claim.  Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may have a right to get compensated.  An auto accident attorney in Norman, Edmond, Moore, or the location where your crash occurred may be able to recover car accident compensation for costs and losses related to: Lost earnings, including your anticipated losses. Medical bills, including your anticipated expenses. Pain and suffering caused by your injuries and the resulting complications. Armed with extensive knowledge of Oklahoma’s complex insurance laws, our attorneys will fight tooth and nail to recover the maximum compensation on your family’s behalf, asserting your rights against bad faith insurance tactics like unreasonable delays, demands, and denials.  Call our law offices at (405) 698-3040 to talk about your claim in a free legal consultation. 5 Tips to Get Ready for Filing an... read more
Were You Injured at One of the Top 25 Most Dangerous Intersections in Edmond, Oklahoma?

Were You Injured at One of the Top 25 Most Dangerous Intersections in Edmond, Oklahoma?

The City of Edmond’s Engineering Department has released a list of the 25 most hazardous intersections in Edmond, Oklahoma.  You’ll probably guess a few of them in advance, while others may come as a surprise.  Perhaps there’s one you drive through every day on your way to work or school.  We sincerely hope you will never have the misfortune of being injured at any of these intersections (or at any intersections, for that matter), but if your vehicle is ever T-boned or rear-ended, know you can turn to the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers of Hasbrook & Hasbrook for aggressive legal representation.  If the motorist who struck your car was driving negligently, you may have a right to be compensated. Engineering Department Lists 25 Worst Intersections in Edmond, OK According to the city’s Engineering Department, here are the top 25 most dangerous intersections located in Edmond, Oklahoma: East 33rd Street and Wynn Drive (Zip code: 73013) East 2nd Street and South Boulevard (73034) West Edmond Road and Fretz Avenue (73003) East Danforth Road and North Broadway (73034) East 15th Street and South Rankin Street (73013) East Danforth Road and North Boulevard Street (73034) East 2nd Street and Vista Lane (73034) East 2nd Street and South/North Coltrane Road (73034) West 15th Street and South/North Santa Fe Avenue (73013) East 2nd Street and South Baumann Avenue/Waterwood Parkway (73034) East 33rd Street and South Boulevard (73013) East 15th Street and South Bryant Avenue (73013) East 2nd Street and South Littler Avenue (73034) East 15th Street and Pine Oak Drive (73013) West Edmond Road and South Kelly Avenue (73003) West 15th Street and South... read more
Are You Required to Wear a Bicycle Helmet in Norman, Oklahoma?

Are You Required to Wear a Bicycle Helmet in Norman, Oklahoma?

Summer is the perfect time of year to hop on your bicycle and enjoy the local scenery.  But before you do, remember to put on a helmet.  While Oklahoma doesn’t require adults to wear helmets while bicycling, using a helmet could save your life if you are ever involved in a bike accident.  Hopefully, you will never be injured; but if the worst occurs and you break a bone or sustain a head injury after being hit by a car on your bike, turn to our Norman bicycle accident lawyers for help.  We may be able to recover compensation for your losses and expenses. Bike Helmet Ordinances in Norman and Oklahoma City As of 2016, there are no federal laws mandating the use of bicycle helmets across the U.S.  Instead, every state follows their own laws, which may be compounded by local ordinances depending on the town or city. Even though Oklahoma lacks helmet laws at the state level, your child may still be required to wear a helmet, depending on where you live.  It’s common for towns and cities with large populations to enact additional ordinances at the local level, even if there are no state or federal laws requiring helmet use.  For example, in 2003 the city of Norman enacted a local ordinance requiring all bicyclists under age 18 to wear a helmet at all times.  (Helmet use is “encouraged” but not mandatory for adults.)  To give another example, Oklahoma City has required minors to wear bicycle helmets since 1999. If you have a son or daughter who rides a bike, it’s a good idea to brush... read more
12 Safety Tips for Preventing Injuries from Fireworks Accidents this 4th of July Weekend

12 Safety Tips for Preventing Injuries from Fireworks Accidents this 4th of July Weekend

No Fourth of July weekend in Oklahoma would be complete without a dazzling display of fireworks.  However, while fireworks are an iconic staple of Independence Day celebrations, they also cause thousands of injuries every year.  Accidents can even be fatal, claiming 11 lives during the 2014 Fourth of July holiday.  With Independence Day right around the corner, our Oklahoma City fireworks accident lawyers have compiled some simple tips to help keep you and your children safe while you celebrate. 12 Tips to Protect Your Kids from Fireworks Accidents this Independence Day Weekend The first step in avoiding danger is to recognize its source.  Believe it or not, seemingly innocent sparklers actually cause more injuries than any other type of fireworks, including products like Roman candles and bottlerockets that appear to be much more hazardous.  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics, which you can view for yourself in this CPSC report, indicate that sparklers cause 4.6 times more injuries than Roman candles, and 14 times more injuries than fountains, multiple tube fireworks, and bottlerockets. Sparklers may not explode dramatically or spiral into the air, but that doesn’t mean they are incapable of inflicting harm.  Parents must not let their guard down around sparkler devices.  It only takes a few moments for a serious injury, such as a burn injury, to occur.  If you allow your child to play with sparklers, make sure they are closely supervised at all times. Here are some other simple safety tips to help keep you and your kids safe this summer: Do not attempt to buy or use any fireworks that are illegal where... read more
Staying Safe on 4th of July Weekend

Staying Safe on 4th of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is a time when our nation comes together to celebrate its birth. The Fourth of July weekend is a time when many people meet with family and friends to cook in their backyards and enjoy the nice weather. However, the Fourth of July weekend can be a dangerous time during the holiday weekend people tend to drink, shoot off fireworks, and there is an increase in traffic, all of which can lead to accidents and injuries. Independence Day Accident Statistics The Fourth of July weekend is a very heavily traveled holiday. Many people take advantage of the warm weather to go and visit family and friends. This means that there are more drivers on the road then there would normally be on the roads.  According to the National Safety Council, there are on average 37 percent more highway fatalities on July 4th than on any given July day.   Another agency that collects information about auto accidents is the American Automobile Association (AAA) which has estimated in the past few years that 41 million U.S. residents will take at least one trip during the Fourth of July weekend and that this trip will be on average 50 miles or longer. In addition to the length of the trips, over 35 million people all over the country will use an automobile as their primary mode of transportation. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office in 2015 over the course of 78 hours, there were 11 fatal crashes claiming the lives of 12 people across Oklahoma.  In addition to the fatal car crashes, there were over 192 injuries... read more
Gas Grill Injuries Over the 4th of July Holiday

Gas Grill Injuries Over the 4th of July Holiday

Nothing says summer like grilling in the backyard. Summertime is a great time to fire up the grill and invite some friends over for a barbecue. With the holiday weekend fast approaching maybe you have thought about inviting some friends and family over for a cookout, or are planning on going to a friends house for an evening meal. July is the peak month for grilling fires, followed by May, June & August. That being said before you fire up the grill you should take some precautions. Causes of Grill Fires Three out of five households own a gas grill which means that if you are going over to a friend’s or family member’s house it is very likely that they are going to have a grill in the backyard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2014,16,600 patients went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills. Each year there is an average of 8,900 home fires that care caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns.  With the Fourth of July weekend coming up in the peak month for grill fires, you should take some precautions if you have a grill in your own backyard. The leading causes of grill fires were: Failing to clean the grill - Failing to clean a grill is a major cause of fires and subsequent injuries. Over the winter or after use there can be debris and dirt that has become lodged in the components of the grill which can lead to fires and explosions. Grill Placement – You should be... read more
The Top 20 Most Dangerous Cities in Oklahoma for Fatal Car Accidents

The Top 20 Most Dangerous Cities in Oklahoma for Fatal Car Accidents

Our Norman car accident lawyers review recent crash statistics to uncover the deadliest and most dangerous cities for Oklahoma drivers.  Is your city on the list?  You may be surprised. Oklahoma Fatal Car Accident Statistics: Which City Ranks #1? The following auto accident statistics, which include total crashes, crashes resulting in incapacitating injuries, and crashes resulting in fatalities, are sourced from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) 2014 report on city crashes, the most recent data publicly available.  The OHSO city crash report excludes Oklahoma towns and cities with populations below 5,000 residents.  OHSO receives crash data from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and various local police departments. We ranked the driving danger in each location based on the total number of fatal crashes documented in the 2014 report.  When cities reported the same number of fatalities, we ranked the city with more incapacitating injury crashes higher on our list.  When cities were statistically tied for fatal and incapacitating injury crashes, such as Pryor and Bixby, we ranked based on which city reported more crashes overall.  The results are listed below. #20. Pryor Total Crashes — 176 Incapacitating Injury Crashes — 10 Fatal Crashes — 2 #19. Bixby Total Crashes — 286 Incapacitating Injury Crashes — 10 Fatal Crashes — 2 #18. Seminole Total Crashes — 167 Incapacitating Injury Crashes — 12 Fatal Crashes — 2 #17. Muskogee Total Crashes — 930 Incapacitating Injury Crashes — 42 Fatal Crashes — 2 #16. Noble Total Crashes — 83 Incapacitating Injury Crashes — 1 Fatal Crashes — 3 #15. Tuttle Total Crashes — 88 Incapacitating Injury Crashes — 2 Fatal Crashes —... read more
What to Do if You Get Injured in a Boat Accident at Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman, Oklahoma

What to Do if You Get Injured in a Boat Accident at Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman, Oklahoma

Boating on Lake Thunderbird is a fun way to spend time with your loved ones while enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature.  However, serious injuries can occur when boat operators are careless, reckless, or intoxicated.  If you or one of your family members was hurt in a boating accident on Lake Thunderbird near Norman, our Norman boating injury lawyers may be able to recover compensation for you.  Here, we’ll cover some common boating injuries and explain the steps you need to take after being involved in an accident on Lake Thunderbird. What Should You Do After You Are Injured at Lake Thunderbird State Park? Lake Thunderbird State Park is located about 12 miles east of Norman, Oklahoma.  The park is a popular summer destination for Oklahomans and tourists alike, pulling in close to 650,000 visitors in 2011.  The lake for which the park is named – Lake Thunderbird, a reservoir that supplies water to the residents of Midwest City, Norman, and Del City – is a summer hotspot for boating, jet skiing, and other recreational activities. If you or one of your family members is injured in a boating accident, the first and most important step is getting medical care.  Not only is seeking prompt treatment vital from a health standpoint – it’s also important to your personal injury case.  If you wait to seek medical treatment, the defendant’s attorneys will seize upon the delay to argue that you were not as severely injured as you said you were, as we discussed in our article on when to see a doctor after you have been injured accidentally. Under federal... read more
Can You Settle a Car Accident without an Insurance Company?

Can You Settle a Car Accident without an Insurance Company?

Many car accidents don’t result in injuries.  This fact is evident in the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office’s most recent accident report, which lists 45,065 out of Oklahoma’s 68,327 total crashes in 2014 — about 65% of that year’s accidents — as resulting in zero injuries.  If you’re ever in an accident that doesn’t result in injuries, like a minor fender-bender in a parking lot, you might feel tempted to settle it privately without involving your insurance company.  However, as our Oklahoma City car accident lawyers explain in this article, this can be an unwise mistake. Do You Need to File an Insurance Claim After a Minor Accident? No one likes dealing with their insurance company.  It’s stressful, it’s confusing, and worst of all, could result in an increase to your premium.  In light of these drawbacks, it’s understandable that many drivers try to make private arrangements without getting their insurance companies involved.  However, taking a shortcut around your insurer could lead to serious financial and even criminal penalties. While state laws don’t require you to report minor property damage accidents to the police – a topic you can read more about in our article on reporting a car accident to the Oklahoma City Police Department – you can be certain your insurance policy requires you to report the crash to your insurer, no matter how insignificant the apparent damage.  Even if you honor your promise not to contact your insurer, how can you be certain the other motorist will do the same once they go home and double-check their policy’s fine print?  The short answer is, you can’t. You... read more
Can a Car Accident Cause a Torn Rotator Cuff?

Can a Car Accident Cause a Torn Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff isn’t a single body part.  It’s actually made up of four separate muscle groups that work together to allow a range of motion in your shoulder.  When your rotator cuff is injured, you can lose the ability to raise or extend your arm, which makes many basic tasks impossible.  If you think you might be suffering from a torn rotator cuff caused by an auto accident, you should contact our experienced Oklahoma car accident lawyers to talk about the possibility of getting compensated.  In the meantime, this article will help you understand how rotator cuff injuries are caused and treated, and what to expect on the road to recovery. Causes and Symptoms of Torn Rotator Cuff Injuries Torn rotator cuffs are very common in athletes, and are therefore often associated with sporting accidents.  However, sports aren’t the only cause of torn rotator cuff injuries.  Car accidents are another common culprit, particularly in high-speed collisions.  The greater the force exerted in the crash, the greater the risk of a serious shoulder injury. Like whiplash neck injuries, torn rotator cuffs are most frequently caused by rear-end collisions.  As the driver grips the steering wheel, the impact of the striking vehicle drives powerful forces through the back and shoulders, causing damage to tissue beneath the skin.  When tendons and muscle fibers are pushed beyond their limits, they can physically tear apart, resulting in a torn rotator cuff injury. The most obvious symptoms of a torn rotator cuff are shoulder pain, shoulder stiffness, and loss of strength or mobility when attempting to lift or stretch your arm.   You may also... read more
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