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By on July 3, 2024 | Posted in: Auto Accident, Car Accident Death, Car Accident Injury, Distracted Driver, Pedestrian Accident

As the 46th state, Oklahoma is one of the youngest states in the USA. Our young age as a state means our cities and roads were developed after the invention of the car. Our roadways are designed for cars (as opposed to pedestrians, bikes, or other modes of transit). In most of Oklahoma, homes are spread out, we lack the urban density of many “older” cities, and we depend on cars. Therefore, it’s not too surprising that Oklahoma drivers aren’t accustomed to driving near pedestrians, which sadly means auto-pedestrian accidents are common. In fact, Oklahoma ranks 12th for most pedestrian traffic deaths per capita in the country. 

Pedestrians Walking Car Accident Oklahoma

Pedestrian-car accidents can have devastating consequences, often resulting in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. The team of experienced Oklahoma attorneys at Car Accident Help helps victims and their families after pedestrian-car accidents. If you’ve sustained catastrophic injury due to a pedestrian accident, you might be eligible for compensation for your injuries.  

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Steps to Take After an Oklahoma Pedestrian Accident

By Car Accident Help Help on July 3, 2024 | Posted in: Auto Accident Car Accident Death Car Accident Injury Distracted Driver Pedestrian Accident

As the 46th state, Oklahoma is one of the youngest states in the USA. Our young age as a state means our cities and roads were developed after the invention of the car. Our roadways are designed for cars (as opposed to pedestrians, bikes, or other modes of transit). In most of Oklahoma, homes are spread out, we lack the urban density of many “older” cities, and we depend on cars. Therefore, it’s not too surprising that Oklahoma drivers aren’t accustomed to driving near pedestrians, which sadly means auto-pedestrian accidents are common. In fact, Oklahoma ranks 12th for most pedestrian traffic deaths per capita in the country. 

Pedestrians Walking Car Accident Oklahoma

Pedestrian-car accidents can have devastating consequences, often resulting in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. The team of experienced Oklahoma attorneys at Car Accident Help helps victims and their families after pedestrian-car accidents. If you’ve sustained catastrophic injury due to a pedestrian accident, you might be eligible for compensation for your injuries.  

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What Are The Cell Phone Laws for Drivers in Oklahoma?

By Car Accident Help Help on May 13, 2023 | Posted in: Distracted Driver

There’s been much discussion recently about Oklahoma’s cell phone laws for drivers. In the February 2023 legislative session, Representative Ross Ford of Broken Arrow authored a proposed bill that would help deter distracted driving in Oklahoma due to cell phone use. The bill, House Bill 2228, outlines a ban on operating a motor vehicle while the driver is holding or using a handheld cellular telephone or other electronic device when the car is in motion.   Despite the high risk of car accidents and injury, many drivers use their phones for watching videos, social media, searching on the internet, and using other apps while driving. Current Oklahoma driving laws don’t directly address these types of cell phone use, and this proposed bill would help address it. The bill passed out of the house public safety committee and is now eligible to be considered by the full house. So while HB 2228 is not guaranteed to become law in Oklahoma, it is vital for drivers to understand what the distracted driving laws currently are and how cell phone use is limited by law while operating a vehicle. Our team of experienced auto accident attorneys has explained the ins and outs of Oklahoma driving cell phone laws below.  If you are in a situation where you know you need help from a car accident attorney because a distracted driver injured you, contact our team today. We would be happy to provide a free consultation.

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It’s Always Distracted Driving Month!

By Car Accident Help Help on April 17, 2018 | Posted in: Distracted Driver

Young girl is texting in the traffic jam in a rainy dayWe have become a society that believes multitasking should be applauded. Time is a very valuable and limited resource to many people, and as a result, they are eager to complete as many tasks as they can at one time. Unfortunately, many of the same industrious people choose to multitask while driving, which often ends in tragedy. In 2015, there were 8,012 crashes in Oklahoma alone that involved some form of distracted driver.

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The Dangers of Emotional Driving

By Car Accident Help Help on March 30, 2018 | Posted in: Distracted Driver

Couple arguing while she is driving a carOperating a motor vehicle in an “emotional” frame of mind may be dangerous. One study reported by ABC News found that drivers who are experiencing extreme sadness, anger, or agitation are ten times more likely to be involved in a crash.

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iOS Update: Will “Do Not Disturb” Help Drivers?

By Car Accident Help Help on November 12, 2017 | Posted in: Distracted Driver

ios-1091302_1920In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed 13% of all traffic fatalities to distracted driving. The percentage may actually be much higher, since drivers are not likely to admit they were not focused on the road.

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The Myth of Multitasking…Don’t Drive Distracted!

By Car Accident Help Help on August 23, 2017 | Posted in: Distracted Driver

Distracted-driving2Mobile phones are commonly used examples of distracted driving, as people use them each day. Today, newer vehicles are manufactured with a host of other potential distractions. Roughly 53% of drivers in a recent study said that the manufacturer-integrated informational components, entertainment features, and hands-free capabilities are “safe.” This perception may partially be due to state laws that are focused on restricting mostly handheld usage and not hands-free devices. The problem is that all usage causes some degree of distraction to the brain…and multi-taking behind the wheel is not safe.

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Headphones and Car Accidents

By Car Accident Help Help on May 19, 2017 | Posted in: Distracted Driver

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.

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Oklahoma Marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month by Considering Texting while Driving Ban

By Car Accident Help Help on April 6, 2015 | Posted in: Distracted Driver

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and for Oklahomans, the event could not be more timely. On January 31, Oklahoma State Trooper Nick Dees lost his life when he was struck and killed by a driver who was updating social media on his cell phone at the time. Trooper Dees was responding to an accident on I-40 when the crash that took his life occurred. Currently, Oklahoma is one of only a few states that do not ban texting while driving. Two bills have been introduced in the state legislature to address this problem. Many experienced Oklahoma distracted driving accident lawyers have already contacted their representatives to encourage these bills to pass, and they hope that other Oklahomans will do the same.

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Motorcyclist Injured by Distracted Driver on US 169

By Car Accident Help Help on May 12, 2014 | Posted in: Distracted Driver

A 27-year-old man was injured when his stopped motorcycle was struck by a driver who was looking at a phone instead of the roadway. According to a Tulsa World news report, the distracted driving accident occurred on US 169 northbound in Tulsa. Officials say the 27-year-old motorcyclist came to a stop because of slowed traffic when he was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Silverado. Officials say the driver of the Silverado was checking to see whether his phone rang and did not have his eyes on the roadway. The victim was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in serious condition. The 42-year-old driver of the Silverado was not injured in the crash. It is unclear if he will be cited for the collision. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous. You are much more likely to cause an accident if your mind is not focused on the task at hand, your eyes are not on the roadway, or your hands are not on the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,328 people were killed and approximately 421,000 people were injured nationwide in distraction-affected crashes in 2012.

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Child Injured in Crash Caused by Texting Driver

By Car Accident Help Help on June 5, 2013 | Posted in: Distracted Driver

A child was injured in an Oklahoma City car accident, which officials believe, involved a distracted driver. According to a KFOR news report, the car crash occurred at I-44 and SW 29th in Oklahoma City. Officials say a woman was driving slowly to a gas station because her vehicle's tire blew out when a truck rear ended her. Officials also say the driver of the truck was texting while driving. A child, who was in the backseat of the car, was transported to a nearby hospital with back injuries. There are a number of laws and regulations regarding distracted driving in Oklahoma. Throughout the state, there is a handheld ban for drivers with a learner's permit or intermediate license. There is also a ban on cell phone use and text messaging for all bus drivers.

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