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.
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.
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.
Oklahoma readers know that distracted driving is a growing concern for drivers across the country. Any additional activity while driving, including texting, talking on the phone or eating, can take a driver's eyes off the road, increasing the odds of car accidents. Studies have shown that teenagers are the most likely to drive while distracted.
A recent accident in Deer Creek sent five people to the hospital for treatment, including four children. According to Oklahoma law enforcement, the collision occurred as a sports utility vehicle struck another vehicle. The driver of the SUV declined medical treatment, but one child was flown to the hospital for a potentially serious injury.
Victims of car accidents often suffer broken bones, scrapes and bruises. However, it's possible that a serious injury could go unnoticed initially, even though it may ultimately require ongoing medical attention and cause long-term damage. When car accidents cause head injuries or brain damage, Oklahoma victims can face an overwhelming financial burden. Nevertheless, they may have certain legal options to address these issues.
Oklahoma readers have likely heard about the many car accidents caused by faulty ignition switches in certain models of GM vehicles. These car accidents were caused by ignition switches failing while vehicles were in use, causing many accidents and fatalities. The number of confirmed deaths due to these incidents continues to rise, and it is now at 57.
After an accident totaled his car while checking a text message, a former distracted driver is now crusading for laws to ban texting while driving. He avoided serious injury and more severe consequences, and he is now promoting driver safety by encouraging others to put down their phones while behind the wheel. This former distracted driver is making an effort to remind other Oklahoma drivers how dangerous it can be to take their eyes off of the road.
On Dec. 22, an 18-year-old driver was charged with multiple offenses in connection with an Oklahoma County car accident. Authorities stated that the 18-year-old driver who caused the crash may have been under the influence of marijuana and methamphetamine when the collision occurred.
According to authorities, a car accident that occurred on Dec. 4 in northwest Oklahoma City has left one person in critical condition. The collision happened when a driver crashed through the front of a 7-11 convenience store. When rescuers arrived at the scene, they discovered that the car was completely inside of the gas station.