1. Drowsy Driving Greatly Increases Car Accident Risk

    The effects of missing one to two hours of sleep can double the risk of being involved in a car accident. A study from AAA, titled the Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash, established a link between drowsy driving and accident rates by examining police reports of car accidents from July 2005 to December 2007. The study compared the accident risk between drivers who had not rec…Read More

  2. Oklahoma Texting and Driving Crashes Decrease

    Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic decrease in injuries related to auto accidents caused by distracted driving involving electronic devices, according to new data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSA). The OHSA has attributed the reduction to a state law enacted in 2015 that made it illegal for motorists in Oklahoma to text while driving. Oklahoma was the 46th state to enforce a law of t…Read More

  3. Motorcyclists: Know the Road Hazards You Face

    Hazardous road conditions that are often manageable to larger passenger vehicles can pose a great danger to motorcyclists. Due to the lack of protection that a motorcycle offers its rider, the smallest road hazard can cause an accident that results in severe injuries or death. That's when you need an experienced auto accident attorney in Tulsa to seek you the justice you deserve. To stay safe, mot…Read More

  4. Black Ice Causes Accidents Throughout Tulsa

    Black ice formed by the recent winter weather caused 15 car accidents to occur within an hour on Dec. 14 within Tulsa, Okla., and the surrounding interstates. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), the accidents that occurred along Interstates 244 and 44 injured seven people that required further treatment. Most of these individuals likely didn't seek help from an auto accident attorney i…Read More

  5. New Federal Guidelines Designed to Prevent Distracted Driving

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released new guidelines aimed at preventing driver distraction from cell phones and other devices in vehicles. The new guidelines encourage device manufacturers to design products that help reduce the potential for distracted driving. This can include newer technology such as pairing, where portabl…Read More

  6. Seat Belt Use in U.S. Reaches Record High

    Seat belt use across the U.S. has reached an all-time high, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA began recording seat belt use in 1994 through the annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS). The study found that seat belt use for 2016 is at 90.1 percent, compared to 88.5 percent in 2015. Our personal in…Read More

  7. Citations for Texting and Driving Drop in Tulsa after Statewide Ban

    In the year following Oklahoma’s statewide ban of texting while driving, Tulsa police have reported that only 75 citations have been issued for the offense between November 2015 and September 2016. This includes citations issued by the entire Tulsa police department. With approximately 10,000 tickets issued each month, texting and driving citations make up only a fraction of monthly citations. O…Read More

  8. Two Fog-Related Accidents Involve Multiple Vehicles Outside of Tulsa

    Heavy fog was a factor in two separate multi-vehicle accidents that took place outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma last week, causing nine injuries. The first incident occurred Thursday evening on Highway 75, east of Ochelata. A Ford pickup truck reportedly crossed the northbound lanes in order to turn south. The truck, driven by a 51-year-old man, was struck by a Toyota Avalon traveling north. Police say …Read More

  9. Car Wrecks Are the Leading Cause of Death for Oklahoman Teens

    Automobile accidents have become the top cause of teen deaths in Oklahoma. The number of fatal car wrecks involving teens across the state rose by 21 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. With National Teen Driver Safety Week underway from Oct. 16-22, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office warns that the number of teens involved in non-fatal accidents in the state has also climbed. In 2015, there were 13,…Read More

  10. More Than 19,000 People Killed in Traffic Accidents in First Half of 2016

    More than 19,100 people were killed in car accidents in the first half of the year, which represents a nine percent increase compared to the first six months of 2015, according to an analysis by the National Safety Council (NSC). Traffic fatalities were at a historic low just five years ago, but they have been trending upward since 2014, as these deaths were 18 percent higher in the first six mont…Read More

  11. CDC Advises States to Keep Teenagers Off the Road at Night

    After releasing a new report on fatal car crashes involving teenagers, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are advising states to increase nighttime driving restrictions for teenagers. The CDC report examined fatal crashes involving 16 and 17-year-olds between 2009 and 2014 and found that 31 percent of crashes happened between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Also, 57 perce…Read More

  12. Road Rage Common Among Majority of Drivers

    According to a recent study, a majority of drivers admit to aggression and dangerous behaviors known as “road rage” while behind the wheel. Approximately 80 percent of U.S. drivers say they have displayed road rage, anger, or aggression one or more times in the past year. The AAA Foundation for Safety survey says eight million drivers have admitted to extreme behaviors while driving. Commonly …Read More

  13. Oklahoma Troopers Enforcing Work Zone Safety After Recent Fatality

    A worker from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) was hit and killed by an oncoming car in a construction zone on Wednesday, May 18. The worker was an 18-year superintendent and was supervising a brush removal project on Highway 20 near the Mayes and Delaware County lines when the incident happened. His death marked the 60th employee killed in the history of the department, which has …Read More

  14. NHTSA’s Click It or Ticket Campaign Begins

    With statewide law enforcement officials out in full force to distribute tickets, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) kicked off its Click It or Ticket Campaign to warn Oklahoma vehicle passengers of the need to buckle up day and night. The message is a simple, yet effective strategy to create awareness about an important issue: seat belts save lives. Our personal injury lawyer…Read More

  15. Distracted Driving Awareness Month Crackdown

    As Distracted Driving Awareness Month this April, local, state and federal law enforcement have joined forces to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while distracted. They will also be out in large numbers enforcing the state’s texting and driving laws. Many Oklahomans, along with other Americans, drive while eating, drinking, checking social media and sending emails. These forms of dis…Read More

  16. Fall History Raises Accident Risk Among Older Drivers

    In a new study by the AAA Foundation, older drivers with at least one falling episode are more likely to be in a car crash than peers in the same age group who have not fallen. Decreased driving ability due to injuries in older drivers with fall histories can make it more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists and other motorists as well. Although most collisions are linked to distracted driving, …Read More