Ponca City Personal Injury Law Blog

Fight drug charges to protect your child’s future

Here in northern Oklahoma, drug charges are no laughing matter. Both legally and socially, if your child faces drug charges, they face many doors potentially closing in the future. As a parent, you have the right to determine how to aid or care for your child, and the independent spirit that flourishes here in Sooner country often entails tough love.

However, parenting style has no bearing on the harsh severity of Oklahoma drug crime sentences, and if your child recently received charges, he or she may see one's entire life evaporate because of a foolish error.

What should you think about before filing for divorce?

Before you file for divorce, you need to make sure that you are prepared for the process. While some people don't have the ability to do this because they are blindsided by a spouse filing for a divorce, you can take a bit of time to make a plan.

There are laws that are specific to Oklahoma that you must consider. Even though you likely know the answers to these questions already, it doesn't hurt to brush up on the specifics before you file your petition.

Teaching teenagers to avoid driving distractions

When teaching a teen to drive in Oklahoma (or any other state, for that matter) there's obviously a certain amount of personal safety risk involved. However, since every motorist is obligated to adhere to all traffic regulations, and act with caution to keep everyone as safe as possible, if every driver fulfills his or her duty, that risk should be very low. Certain situations (and people) cause the risk to soar; distracted drivers rank high among roadway dangers.

You've probably glanced left or right on the highway before, only to notice another motorist in your vicinity gabbing away on a cell phone -- in moving traffic! In fact, statistics show more than 600,000 drivers throughout the nation use cell phones while driving. In 2015, nearly 3,500 people died and almost 4,000 others suffered injuries in motor vehicle collisions caused by distracted drivers.

Social Security disability: Did you have a heart attack?

No one expects to suffer a heart attack. That's why they're called "attacks." They come to us at the most inopportune moments in our lives, often when we're already dealing with an enormous amount of worry and stress. Just when you think you can't handle any more difficulty, it hits.

Was your heart attack a message from your body that enough is enough? Was it the result of a congenital defect and there's nothing you could have done to prevent it? Your doctor might be able to answer these questions, but there's one important question your doctor won't be able to help you with: Where are you going to get the money to pay for your medical care and time spent unable to work?

Older drivers have higher risk of injuries in a car accident

As a senior citizen, driving is a great way for you to stay independent and mobile. Since 1999, the number of licensed older drivers has increased by about 50 percent, possibly due to the high number of Baby Boomers on the road. Regrettably, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 16 seniors are killed and 648 are injured every day on average. The CDC reports that the higher rate is not due to the number of crashes, but due to an increased risk of medical complications because an older driver has health problems which exacerbate injuries in an accident.

Understanding car accidents and brain injury

Car accidents represent one of the most common sources of injury and accidental death in the United States, and every state has a diverse collection of laws designed to help make sure that when an accident occurs, those who are not at fault have access to the resources they need to ensure they get on their feet again. Typically, this is because those who are at fault are held accountable, at least through insurance companies. Even in "no fault" insurance states, extreme negligence and other factors can provide victims with a chance at restitution.

Why consulting an attorney after a truck accident is crucial

Imagine you are going about your day when suddenly you get a phone call telling you that your loved one was in an accident with a truck and is in the hospital. Suddenly your life is flipped upside down and you do not know what to do next. Truck accidents are often severe or fatal and they can get especially complicated in the weeks or months to follow. Here is how an attorney can help after a truck accident occurs.

Easy ways to spot a drunk driver

Let's face it - drunk driving is a common problem that is not likely to go away soon, despite efforts by lawmakers and other groups to increase sanctions and punishments for driving under the influence. Unfortunately, even if you are driving safely and defensively, individuals who drive drunk have more control over the road than you do because of a blatant disregard for the rules.

Hurt in an accident? This is what you should know

Accidents can happen when you least expect it. For example, you were not expecting to trip over that loose lamp cord in the furniture store yesterday which resulted in a broken nose when you hit a display coffee table on your way down.

When an accident that causes an injury occurs, it can be very stressful and disorientating. As with all situations that end in an injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Once your doctor or the hospital has treated your injuries, it is time to start thinking about pursuing a personal injury claim.

5 fast facts about distracted driving

You know that you want to stay safe while you are on the road, but you can't control the actions of other drivers. On your way home from work, a young driver slammed into your car. That driver doesn't know exactly how the accident occurred. You need medical care and you aren't going to be able to work. This impacts your finances and affects your husband and children. Here are five fast facts about distracted driving you should know.