Many Oklahoma travelers are at risk for accidents merely because there are negligent drivers sharing the road. Regardless of how alert, cautious and obedient to traffic laws you are when you get behind the wheel, there's not much you can do about another driver's choices. Being struck by a distracted or drunk driver when one least expects it can turn an otherwise uneventful trip into a tragic situation.
Distraction is a major threat to the safety of all drivers on Oklahoma roads and highways. Beginning with the increase in the number of drivers who use their phones while driving, many vehicles now come with built-in technology that also distracts and endangers drivers. Distraction of all types is dangerous, inexcusable and completely preventable.
When you get injured in a car accident, it's never easy coping with the medical and financial implications. Whether it's a back injury or other type of injury, recovery can be long. You may have been injured due to another driver's negligence. But did you know seat belts could also pose a safety hazard and contribute to injuries in a car accident? Older, smaller drivers are more at risk for being injured in a crash because of one contributing factor: the force of the seatbelt wasn't designed for their body type and size, a study finds.
If you are a hunter or have hunters in your family, then you know that the rut is upon us. For the non-hunters out there, rutting season is mating season for deer. It is also the time of year when car accidents involving deer spike in Oklahoma and elsewhere.
One minute you were driving, and the next you were in an accident. You were injured and your car was wrecked, and you have lost wages from missing work. It wasn't your fault. You did everything you were supposed to do, from filing a police report, snapping pictures of evidence and damage, getting medical treatment right away and filing a claim with your insurance company. But now in your hands is a denial letter, and you are angry and confused. You feel wronged by the insurance company. You were paying the insurance company to protect you in case of an accident, and now that you need them to hold up their end of the deal and pay damages, they refuse.
Car accidents happen every day in Oklahoma. But that doesn't mean that they are easy to deal with or that they don't have lasting consequences. In fact, many people who have been seriously injured in car wrecks never recover from the physical, emotional and financial damage that was caused.
Distracted driving has been an issue for some time, and although laws have continually been passed in an effort to lessen the instances of distracted driving, as technology improves the temptation to drive while doing something else only gets stronger. One of these distractions is the new game for iOS and Android called Pokémon Go.
Drunk driving accidents have been on the decline in recent years, thanks to safety campaigns and stricter laws. However, as the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office recently reported, young people are still the most likely demographic to be involved in a drunk driving accident.
Car accidents are very common in Oklahoma and the rest of the United States. Accidents that are minor in nature -- such as slight fender benders that result in little property damage and no injuries -- can usually be handled by working with the insurance companies directly.
Texting while driving is now illegal in Oklahoma, thanks to a law that went into effect on Nov. 1. According to reports, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has already issued close to 100 citations to drivers accused of violating the law, and that number will likely continue to rise.