Southeast Oklahoma Personal Injury Law Blog

Is it time to consult with a personal injury attorney?

If you suffer any type of injury, such as broken bones in a motor vehicle accident, your health is your top priority. However, you shouldn't wait too long to learn more about your legal rights in Oklahoma for seeking compensation from the negligent party.

Many people shy away from contacting a personal injury attorney because they're concerned about the expense associated with doing so. Fortunately, personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee, meaning they don't receive any money unless they win your case.

Possible complications associated with hernia mesh products

It's not unusual for hernia patients in Oklahoma to have surgical mesh inserted. While hernia mesh products have been in use since the 1950s, different materials, coatings, and other features have been used in some of the subsequent products manufactured since this time. Some of these products have been defective, which has contributed to instances of life-changing injuries.

The problem with some types of hernia mesh is that materials weren't thoroughly tested prior to manufacturing them. If mesh of this nature is defective, an affected patient may need to undergo another procedure to remove the mesh and repair the hernia again. One product involved in lawsuits contained polyester instead of polypropylene, but the substitute material wasn't properly tested. Another product has been associated with bowel obstruction and adhesions, and there was one with a defective base layer.

How Oklahoma residents can prove a driver was negligent

Like the rest of the United States, Oklahoma is home to hundreds of car accidents every year. Oklahoma residents who have suffered a personal injury in a car accident may be wondering how they can pursue compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other damages. While it might seem straightforward to prove the other driver was negligent, in reality, it can be a complicated process. After all, the definition of negligent driving in casual conversation is very different from the legal definition.

For example, in order for a driver to be considered negligent in a court of law, it must be proven that his or her negligence was the major factor in the car accident. Simply being negligent does not necessarily mean the driver was at fault. For instance, perhaps the driver was texting on his or her mobile phone when the accident occurred, but if the driver was parked, he or she would not be found at fault even though using a mobile phone generally counts as negligent driving.

Operation Safe Driver Week in July will focus on speeding

Both passenger vehicle and CMV drivers in Oklahoma should be aware that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding its annual Operation Safe Driver Week from July 14 to 20. During this week, police will be boosting up the enforcement of traffic laws. Police will especially look for signs of distracted, impaired and aggressive driving as well as violations like seat belt neglect, failure to obey traffic signals and failure to keep a safe distance from vehicles.

The overall focus this year is on speeding. Speeding drivers contribute to 94% of all traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Highway Loss Data Institute states that speeding has been behind more than one-quarter of all car crash deaths since 2008.

Light drizzle makes fatal car crash 27% likelier

Oklahoma residents may find themselves driving in rain or snow, and they should know how risky this can be. The American Meteorological Society stated recently that the risk for a fatal car crash goes up 34% when there is precipitation on the road. A study from the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies has some additional things to say, some of which may be eye-opening.

Researchers were able to calculate crash risk after analyzing 125,012 fatal crashes that occurred between 2006 and 2011. What sets this study apart from previous ones is that it is the first to use the more precise information given by weather radars rather than the information provided in police reports and nearby weather stations. Researchers knew if and how much rain or snow was falling at the time of every crash.

The dangers of a bus crash: How safe are school buses?

Bus crashes are fairly common, and when they happen, it's possible that dozens of people could be hurt or killed. Many people don't understand why they're not wearing seat belts when on a bus, and they don't know what would happen with debris in the case of a collision.

To understand how a bus crash can cause injuries to you or your children, you need to know why buses have the rules they do and why they are designed in the way they are. For instance, you know that children riding on a school bus usually don't have to wear seat belts. Why? The buses are designed in a way that may keep children safe without needing seat belts.

Truck crashes put spotlight on driver fatigue

Truck driver fatigue can result in serious crashes on Oklahoma roadways. Under current regulations, truck drivers are allowed to work for 14 hours per day and spend 11 of those hours driving. Truckers are required to record the hours that they work in an electronic log. While driver safety is a top priority for trucking companies, it is not always possible to prevent accidents from occurring.

This may be true even when communities build roads aimed at easing traffic in a given area. In North Dakota, the Highway 23 bypass, a $25 million construction project, was built in New Town to make it safer to drive on Main Street. However, on Oct. 5, 2018, a commercial truck drove over the center line of the road and ran into another vehicle. A similar accident occurred in 2017 on the same bypass involving two commercial vehicles that ran into each other and caused a fiery blaze.

Three-day CVSA inspection spree set for June

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding its annual International Roadcheck from June 4 to 6, 2019. The inspection spree will consist of mostly Level I inspections, which are the most comprehensive, so CMV drivers in Oklahoma should make sure they are compliant with all federal vehicle and driver regulations.

Brake, tire/wheel and brake adjustment violations were behind many of the nearly 12,000 vehicle out-of-service orders that were issued during the 2018 road check. About 2,600 drivers were put out of service for various violations. The most common were violating hours-of-service regulations, carrying the wrong class license and falsifying logs.

Ford's 'Sleep Suit' simulates experience of drowsy driving

March 15 was designated as World Sleep Day. To remind drivers of the connection between proper rest and road safety, Ford unveiled a "Sleep Suit" that can simulate the experience of drowsy driving. Oklahoma residents should know that this suit is being integrated into Ford Driving Skills for Life, a free driver training program for 17- to 24-year-olds.

The Sleep Suit consists of goggles, which are connected to a smartphone app, and a cap, a vest and arm and ankle bands, which are weighted. The app allows anyone who puts on the goggles to experience what are called microsleep episodes -- brief moments where the brain shuts down involuntary due to fatigue.

Tesla crashes raise safety concerns

Tesla cars are becoming increasingly popular in Oklahoma and across the United States. However, a series of deadly crashes involving the electric-powered vehicles has some people questioning the safety of the "Autopilot" system and engine battery.

On Feb. 24, a 2016 Tesla Model S was traveling between 75 and 90 mph on a Florida highway when it careened off the road, struck a median and hit some trees. The force of the collision killed the driver and caused the car's powerful lithium-ion battery to burst into flames. When the car's wreckage was transported to a local impound lot, the battery caught fire three more times over the course of several hours. Apparently, crashes can cause the batteries to overheat and ignite repeatedly. Tesla is aware of the issue and has posted an emergency response guide for rescuers on its website.

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