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Most people can’t imagine what daily life would be like if they did not have the ability to drive. But that can be the reality if you are involved in a few specific traffic incidents or if you accumulate 10 points or more on your Oklahoma driver’s license in five years. Read the rest »
The Oklahoma legislature recently passed House Bill 2312, which has been signed by the Governor and will take effect on November 1, 2017.
This law states that vehicles are only allowed to use the left-hand lane for passing other vehicles. Not traveling “permanently.” Read the rest »
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 1992 opened the Vehicle Research Center (VRC) in central Virginia. The advanced facility is the location where vehicle crash tests are conducted. The findings of the tests are then provided to consumers so they are aware of the safety performance of new vehicles entering the market. Those cars that perform well are designated as Top Safety Picks and those with an exceptional performance are named a Top Safety Pick+. Read the rest »
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests vehicles annually to determine their crashworthiness. The IIHS is a non-profit organization that impartially assesses the year’s new vehicles. Their overall goal is to reduce injuries and deaths that result from vehicle collisions. They publish and rate good performers as a Top Safety Pick+, which are the best, or as a The Top Safety Pick, those rated as good within their size categories. Generally, there is a correlation between the size and weight of a vehicle and the level of passenger protection that the car can provide, as larger models perform better in crash testing. Read the rest »
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests how vehicles perform in crashes and how well they protect their occupants.
The vehicles that are the best performers are Top Safety Picks. These are vehicles determined to be good in five crash tests: small front overlap, moderate front overlap, front, side, and strength of roof and head restraints. A vehicle that measures exceptionally is classified as a Top Safety Pick+. The models are placed into categories based on the type of vehicle and their size.
We will review the 2017 Top Safety Pick + rated models in the small car segment as follows: Read the rest »
Children are fragile beings, especially when riding in motor vehicles. It’s reported that vehicle accidents are number one cause of fatalities for children aged two to 14. The dangers posed to children riding in vehicles have prompted Oklahoma to add new requirements to its child car seat laws. The new requirements went into effect November 1st. Among the new child car seat requirements are the following:
- Children must ride in approved car seats until they are nine years old.
- Children two years old and under must ride in rear facing car seats.
- Children aged two to eight (or under four feet, nine inches tall) must sit in front facing car seats or booster seats.
Mary Fallin, the governor of Oklahoma, recently signed three bills that would change the state’s civil justice system, according to TimesUnion.com. While supporters of the bills, which become law on November 1, believe that they will benefit the local business climate, opponents believe that these reforms put business and insurance interests ahead of injured Oklahomans.
The 3 proposed civil justice reform bills would affect a civil lawsuit in the following ways: Read the rest »
Texting while driving is a serious problem nationwide, and Oklahoma officials are cracking down to prevent car crashes related to texting not only involving teens, but for motorists of all ages within the state. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, over a dozen Oklahoma City high school students and safety advocates helped the governor launch an awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of texting and driving. The governor stated that about 700 Oklahoma car accidents, 30 of which were fatal, have involved a motorist who was either sending or reading a text message. Parents of teens lost in Oklahoma auto accidents also came out to show support and spread awareness of the tragedies that can happen because of drivers texting while driving.
Driver inattention is one of the most common causes of car crashes in Oklahoma and across the country. Taking one’s eyes off the road for even a split second can cause an accident with irreparable damage and alter the lives of all motorists involved in a crash permanently. Serious injuries such as brain damage, broken bones, amputation, nerve damage, disfigurement, burns and death can all occur due to an Oklahoma car accident caused by texting while driving. Read the rest »
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