January 2015 Archives

Dangerous property condition can lead to premises liability suit

It may not snow as much in Oklahoma as it does in the Northeast, but it is important to understand how weather can cause a dangerous property condition and potential hazards. A dangerous property condition, such as ice and accumulated snow, can cause slips, falls and even result in lawsuits. Certain hazards are particularly prominent during cold weather months. 

Alcohol-related crashes cost the public $114.3 billion in 2000

Motorists that regularly drive on Oklahoma roadways may not be aware that police reported 1 million car wrecks due to drivers or pedestrians having a blood alcohol concentration of .01 percent or greater in 2000. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 2,163,210 traffic accidents happened that were not reported to local authorities where alcohol involvement was a factor. Almost 30 people die in accidents like these every single day in America. Every 51 minutes an individual dies from alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.

Whiplash is a common injury following a rear-end collision

In 2013, there were more than 33,000 injuries from motor vehicle accidents in Oklahoma. It can be estimated that nearly a third of these injuries likely involved whiplash, a type of injury caused by sudden, traumatic motion of the head and neck. This sudden motion can strain or tear ligaments, muscles and tendons of the upper spine, usually in the neck. Sometimes, there is nerve damage or fractured vertebrae.

Oklahoma and national truck accident statistics

During 2012, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic collisions in the United States. Large trucks are vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. Amounting to 4 percent of registered vehicles in the country, large trucks accounted for 3 percent of vehicles involved in traffic accidents resulting in property damage and injury as well as 8 percent of vehicles involved in deadly collisions.