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May 2018 Archives

Deadly truck accidents continue to rise

Many drivers in Oklahoma find driving beside large trucks to be a stressful experience simply because of the size and mass of these large vehicles. However, they can pose a significant danger on the roads, especially because they are so much larger than the cars, bicycles or pedestrians with which they share the roads. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released 2016 statistics showing that the number of fatalities from truck crashes continues to rise across the country, with a 3 percent rise in accident deaths between 2015 and 2016.

Seat belt use found to reduce the severity of liver injuries

Road safety advocates in Oklahoma and around the country have long called for stricter seat belt laws, and the results of a study published recently in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health could add weight to their arguments. A team of researchers studied traffic accident figures from the National Trauma Data Bank gathered between 2010 and 2015, and they discovered that passenger vehicle occupants who fastened their seat belts were far less likely to suffer fatal liver injuries in a crash.

What to expect from a trucking accident settlement

Oklahoma drivers that have been injured in an accident caused by a commercial truck may have a case for monetary damages. In some instances, a trucker's insurance company will acknowledge the truck driver was at fault and negotiate a settlement with the injured driver. The settlement process may not be intuitive for the injured driver, however.

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