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What You Should Know About Liability After a Trucking Accident

By Car Accident Help on June 14, 2017

truck-accidentMuch like any other type of auto accident, a trucking accident is often caused by some mistake or error on the part of a person. Exactly who is responsible and just how much blame they deserve really comes down to the particular details of any given crash. In general, however, there are certain liability considerations you might want to have in mind if you have been involved in an Oklahoma trucking accident.

Who’s to Blame in a Trucking Accident?

One of the biggest differences between trucking accidents and other collisions is that many more people may be potentially liable for this type of crash. Commercial trucks are owned by companies that tend to have fleets of vehicles needing to be properly maintained, which are operated by drivers who must be adequately trained and prepared for long-term truck driving. This introduces a number of possible people who can be held liable in a trucking accident.

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Posted in: Truck Collision

How to Tell If Your Child’s Car Seat Is Expired

By Car Accident Help on June 6, 2017

baby-car-seatWhile expiration dates on food like milk or bread can be easy to determine (and make sense), the idea of a child’s car seat expiring might seem a bit strange. Nevertheless, just like many other products, a car seat has a limited lifespan and should only be used for the amount of time it was manufactured for. Understanding how and when a child’s car seat expires is very important for ensuring child safety in vehicles throughout Oklahoma.

The thought of a child’s car seat expiring like a carton of old milk may seem odd at first, but it does make sense. Most car seats are made using plastic, fabric, and similar materials. All of these materials have limited life-spans based on how long they are meant to be used—especially on items that are pulled on and undergo quite a bit of use and abuse. For example, the plastics used to make a car seat can only hold up for a certain amount of daily use, hot summers, and additional wear-and-tear before they begin to break down and no longer provide the protection you rely on.

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Posted in: Auto Accident

Is the Domino’s DXP a Dangerous Distraction for Drivers?

By Car Accident Help on May 24, 2017

Dominos DXPIn theory, the Domino’s DXP should be just another car on the road. But in reality, there is certainly potential for drivers to become distracted by looking at the rather unique vehicle.

The driver of the DXP should be safer than ever; numerous compartments and locations for pizzas and other items within the car reduce internal distractions. Ultimately, though, time will tell.

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Posted in: Auto Accident

Headphones and Car Accidents

By Car Accident Help on May 19, 2017

earbudsIn some respects, noise-canceling headphones are one of life’s greatest blessings. They allow wearers to focus intensely on their music, or audiobook, or whatever-else-it-is they are choosing to listen to. But for a driver or a pedestrian on the roadway, noise-canceling headphones can be a deadly distraction.

Dangers of Distracted Driving

There is no doubt that when a driver’s attention is on anything other than the road, accidents are more likely. We know that texting while driving can result in a driver taking his eyes off the road for just a fraction of a second—which can be long enough to cause a devastating accident.

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Posted in: Distracted Driver

Are Self-Driving Cars the Future of Road Travel?

By Car Accident Help on May 2, 2017

tesla-motorsSelf-driving cars and automated travel have been popular elements in science fiction for decades. With enhancements in computerized intelligence and robotics, however, such concepts are quickly becoming reality. Just how popular these vehicles will become remains to be seen, but so far California has moved to adopt regulations to test and even deploy fully automated vehicles throughout the state. This is a major first step in demonstrating the viability of self-driving cars, and as these tests proceed, there will likely be repercussions across the U.S.

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Posted in: Auto Accident

What Happens if No Other Vehicles are Involved? Who’s to Blame?

By Car Accident Help on February 15, 2017

Oklahoma City Car Accident DeathsYou are driving down the road and the next thing you know, your car is wrapped around a tree (or under a guardrail) or somehow involved in a crash. Your car was the only vehicle on the road. Who is responsible? While it might seem like, because there was only one car involved in the accident that driver must have been the cause, the fact remains that there are indeed, other possibilities.

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Posted in: Auto Accident

Fighting Insurance Bad Faith Claims

By Car Accident Help on February 13, 2017

paybackInsurance. We all need to have it. We pay the insurance companies a premium to cover losses in the event that they happen. Moreover, those premiums are paid with the understanding and expectation that, if a loss is to happen, the insurance company will step up and pay for any losses that are supposed to have been covered.

What happens if there is a loss, and the insurance company doesn’t want to pay it? Your insurance company is under an obligation (contractual and otherwise) to act in good faith in resolving a dispute with you. This doesn’t mean they have to agree with you on every matter, but it does mean that they are expected and required to try to work with you within the confines of the policy they provided that you paid for.

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Posted in: Insurance/Bad Faith

Bad Weather, Hydroplaning, and Trucking Accidents

By Car Accident Help on February 10, 2017

rainy-drivingWet Weather & Driving Conditions

Even for passenger vehicles, wet weather poses risks. Impaired visibility, decreased traction, and hydroplaning can occur on any car no matter how small. However, on a large commercial truck, what might have been a serious injury can become a devastating one due to their size and weight.

Truck drivers, the trucking companies that hire them, the shippers that hire them, manufacturers, and repair shops that maintain the trucks all are required to play a role in keeping the trucks safe on the road. Only the drivers are left to deal with the conditions in wet weather. What can and should truck drivers do in the rain?

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Posted in: Truck Collision

Accidents Caused by Sleeping Truck Drivers

By Car Accident Help on February 8, 2017

big-rig-truckTruck drivers are hard working, busy individuals. They are faced with strict deadlines and long hauls. Their demanding schedules are wherein lie the dangers they can bestow on themselves, other drivers, and pedestrians. Estimates by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration report that roughly 100,000 trucking accidents can be linked to drowsy or sleeping drivers annually.

If these staggering numbers don’t upset you, consider a study conducted by Harvard School of Medicine. Their Sleep Medicine Division concluded that roughly 250,000 people are reported to fall asleep while driving each day in the United States. Also noted in the study was the conclusion that roughly 50% of the test’s participants drove while drowsy, and another 25% divulged that they actually fell asleep while driving, even if it was only momentarily. Truck drivers were grouped differently in the test, and thus scored differently. However, half of the truck drivers questioned still admitted to having “drifted off” while on the job.

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Posted in: Truck Collision

Finding Fault in Lane Splitting Accidents

By Car Accident Help on February 6, 2017

motorcycle-stopLane splitting involves the riding of a motorcycle or bicycle between lanes of traffic traveling on the road. Lane splitting often occurs when traffic is slow or congested, and the rider splitting lanes seeks to make headway compared to the flow of traffic. Lane splitting is also referred to as stripe riding and lane sharing. Aside from using lane splitting to pass cars stuck in traffic, riders also use the technique to pass traffic stuck at a red light and pull up to the front of the intersection.

Currently, lane splitting is not legal in Oklahoma. In fact, the only state where it is legally permitted is California. Studies have concluded, however, that despite the legal status, lane splitting is often the safer option for motorcycle riders approaching traffic and stop lights. Aside from the ostensible threat it poses to riders and drivers, lane splitting has been shown to reduce the motorcycle rider’s chances of being rear ended when an abrupt stop must be made.

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Posted in: Motorcycle Accident

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