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Injured by a drunk driver? Our attorneys can help.

March 24, 2017 3:00 pm

Few Oklahoma car crashes are as violent and emotional as those collisions caused by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. Victims and bystanders alike are usually incensed when the at-fault driver – the driver who consumed too much alcohol – walks away from the crash with only minor injuries while the occupants of the other vehicle are seriously injured or even killed.

Aside from these challenges, drunk driving car crash lawsuits can be deceptively complicated for injury victims to win. For this reason, Michael Carr of the Tulsa car crash law firm Carr & Carr, Attorneys at Law recommends retaining the services of an experienced car accident lawyer to assist you in recovering compensation if you or a loved one are injured in a car crash.

Proving the Crash was Caused by Alcohol

One of the first challenges that injury victims will likely face in their quest for compensation is proving that the at-fault driver was under the influence of alcohol and unable to safely drive a vehicle. Driving after having consumed too much alcohol is a negligent and  reckless act that can make the drunk driver liable for the expenses and losses of others, but it falls on the injury victim(s) to prove the at-fault driver was drunk. Unfortunately, the smell of alcohol or even proof that the driver consumed some alcohol before the crash is insufficient to prove the driver was “drunk.” Instead, there must usually be evidence consisting of:

  • A criminal conviction in which the driver was found guilty of driving a motor vehicle while his or her breath or blood alcohol level was over the legal limit or while he or she was not able to operate a vehicle safely due to the impairing effects of alcohol;
  • Breath or blood tests performed by either a hospital or a law enforcement agency that would suggest that the driver was impaired by alcohol because the alcohol concentration of his or her breath or blood was over the “legal limit”;
  • Admissions made by the at-fault driver to others that he or she knew he or she was too drunk to drive, that he or she shouldn’t have been driving after drinking, or some other similar admission of fault.
  • Field sobriety tests: Often times the police will conduct a field sobriety test on the drunk driver. The results of such test will help show that the driver was intoxicated.

Holding Others Accountable for a Drunk Driver’s Bad Choices

In certain cases, the establishment that served alcohol to the drunk driver may also be responsible for the injuries you and/or your loved one suffers. Under what are known as “dram shop laws,” those establishments or social hosts who continue to serve alcohol in excess to another, or who provide alcohol to a person who is obviously inebriated, may also be sued for compensatory damages as a result of a drunk driving crash. Unlike other states that have actually passed “dram shop” laws, the ability of plaintiffs in Oklahoma to bring suit against social hosts and establishments that serve alcohol is founded upon past judicial decisions. This adds even more complexity to a drunk driving injury case.

Call Carr & Carr for Compassionate and Skilled Representation

Knowing the complexities of drunk driving cases and the devastating effects drunk drivers can have on the lives of innocent drivers and passengers, Carr & Carr, Attorneys at Law is dedicated to helping victims injured in an Oklahoma drunk driving crash recover compensation they need for their losses and holding drunk drivers – and the establishments that serve them – accountable for their misdeeds.

We have offices in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City but can travel wherever you may live. Please contact us today!




Simpli Home dresser recall

February 28, 2017 5:54 pm

Over the past several years, several manufacturers and retailers have recalled dressers due to tip over hazards.  On January 31, 2017, Simpli Home recalled dressers involving the Artisan, Bellevue, Holden and Stratford style six-drawer bedroom chests of drawers.

For defective dressers, the frequent problem is that not enough weight is placed in the back of the dresser to prevent the dresser from falling forward. This could be caused by a either a manufacturing defect or a poor design effecting the entire product line.

Our lawyers at Carr & Carr have handled cases involving defective dressers and can offer you a free consultation. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dresser, please contact our attorneys.




Injured in an Oklahoma DUI Accident? Our Attorneys can Help

February 20, 2017 3:36 pm

Injured by a Drunk Driver? Call Carr & Carr Today!

             Few Oklahoma car crashes are as violent and are as emotional as those collisions caused by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. Victims and bystanders alike are usually incensed when the at-fault driver – the driver who consumed too much alcohol – walks away from the crash with only minor injuries while the occupants of the other vehicle are seriously injured or even killed. Aside from these challenges, drunk driving car crash lawsuits can be deceptively complicated for injury victims to win. For this reason, Michael Carr of the Tulsa car crash law firm Carr & Carr, Attorneys at Law recommends retaining the services of an experienced car accident lawyer to assist you in recovering compensation if you or a loved one are injured in a car crash.

Proving the Crash was Caused by Alcohol

One of the first challenges that injury victims will likely face in their quest for compensation is proving that the at-fault driver was under the influence of alcohol and unable to safely drive a vehicle. Driving after having consumed too much alcohol is a negligent – if not reckless – act that can make the drunk driver liable for the expenses and losses of others, but it falls on the injury victim(s) to prove the at-fault driver was drunk. Unfortunately, the smell of alcohol or even proof that the driver consumed some alcohol before the crash is insufficient to prove the driver was “drunk.” Instead, there must usually be evidence consisting of:

  • A criminal conviction in which the driver was found guilty of driving a motor vehicle while his or her breath or blood alcohol level was over the legal limit or while he or she was not able to operate a vehicle safely due to the impairing effects of alcohol;
  • Breath or blood tests performed by either a hospital or a law enforcement agency that would suggest that the driver was impaired by alcohol because the alcohol concentration of his or her breath or blood was over the “legal limit”;
  • Admissions made by the at-fault driver to others that he or she knew he or she was too drunk to drive, that he or she shouldn’t have been driving after drinking, or some other similar admission of fault.

Holding Others Accountable for a Drunk Driver’s Bad Choices

In certain cases, the establishment that served alcohol to the drunk driver may also be responsible for the injuries you and/or your loved one suffers. Under what are known as “dram shop laws,” those establishments or social hosts who continue to serve alcohol in excess to another, or who provide alcohol to a person who is obviously inebriated, may also be sued for compensatory damages as a result of a drunk driving crash. Unlike other states that have actually passed “dram shop” laws, the ability of plaintiffs in Oklahoma to bring suit against social hosts and establishments that serve alcohol is founded upon past judicial decisions. This adds even more complexity to a drunk driving injury case.

Call Carr & Carr for Compassionate and Skilled Representation

            Knowing the complexities of drunk driving cases and the devastating effects drunk drivers can have on the lives of innocent drivers and passengers, Carr & Carr, Attorneys at Law is dedicated to helping victims injured in an Oklahoma drunk driving crash recover compensation they need for their losses and holding drunk drivers – and the establishments that serve them – accountable for their misdeeds. Learn more about your legal rights following a drunk driving crash by retaining the services of Carr & Carr. Call our office today at 800-777-4878 for prompt and professional assistance.

 




DANGER ALERT: Heater-Cooler Units Used in Heart Surgeries Cause Infections

January 25, 2017 5:27 pm

how a heater cooler worksIf you’ve contracted a dangerous bacterial infection after heart valve replacements or coronary artery bypass graft surgery – and possibly received a warning letter from a hospital regarding a defective machine used during your operation – you need to contact Carr & Carr immediately.

Carr & Carr is currently investigating cases for patients who have developed severe bacterial infections associated with the use of a heater-cooler device used during heart surgeries.  (more…)




Calling an Attorney After an Oklahoma Traffic Accident

January 23, 2017 6:07 pm

It is easy to feel alone and directionless after a car accident. After all, no one leaves home or work expecting to be involved in a crash caused by another driver. Yet, as statistics maintained by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office show, this happens with surprising regularity: In 2015 alone, there were 645 fatalities resulting from 590 crashes. This means that every day during 2015 at least one person died in a fatal car wreck. Many more were injured to one degree or another in injury car accidents. Once a traffic injury or fatality occurs, the victim (and/or his or her family members) must not only begin the process of physically recovering from his or her injuries, but he or she must also decide whether to seek a legal recovery as well. While an attorney cannot do much to speed the physical recovery process along, as Michael Carr of the Oklahoma personal injury firm Carr & Carr, Attorneys at Law expounds, one call to an experienced attorney can make a difference in the victim’s legal recovery process. (more…)




What are the Car Accident Insurance Limits in Oklahoma?

January 5, 2017 2:12 pm

If you have been involved in a car wreck that was not your fault, you might be wondering what the car accident insurance limits are that the at-fault driver carries. Like most every other state in the nation, Oklahoma requires the drivers of motor vehicles to maintain minimum automobile liability insurance. (more…)




Types of Car Accidents

December 30, 2016 10:26 am

There are a wide variety of circumstances that lead to car collisions. No two car accidents are the same – car crashes come about because of a variety of reasons and the ways in which two (or more) cars collide will vary from case to case. These differences and distinctions are significant: The approach used to win one specific car crash victim’s case may not be successful in winning another car accident victim’s case. (more…)




Filing an Oklahoma Car Accident Claim

December 15, 2016 1:20 pm

You have just been injured in an Oklahoma car crash – do you need assistance in filing a claim for compensation? Attorney Michael Carr of Carr & Carr, Attorneys at Law explains that many individuals not only find the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable car collision claim attorney helpful, but crucial, in obtaining compensation for their injuries. The recovery process can be long and complicated: a skilled attorney is not only able to guide an injured client through each step of the civil claim process but he or she can also increase the likelihood that the client’s claim will be successful. (more…)




Is Oklahoma Settlement Money Taxable?

December 1, 2016 12:09 pm

Many people wonder if the money they expect to receive from an insurance carrier is taxable. Generally speaking, money received from a personal injury settlement is not taxable. According to the IRS, if you receive a settlement award based on a personal injury and did not make a deduction for your medical expenses related to your injury, the full amount is not taxable. However, if you did take an itemized deduction for the medical expenses you paid in more than one year, you must include in income that portion of the settlement that is for medical expenses you deducted in prior years to the extent the deduction provided a tax benefit. (more…)




Carr & Carr Attorney Involved in Group that Donated $20K to AAROC

November 10, 2016 6:13 pm
AAROC Board of Directors

L-R: Lisa Jensen (AAROC Board of Directors), Ron Stout (NASSAM vehicle owner), Chris Jackson (NASSAM 2016 Co-Organizer), Chris Brinkley (NASSAM 2016 Head Organizer), Karen Brinkley (NASSAM 2016 Co-Organizer), Karen Swan (NASSAM 2016 attendee), David Jensen (son of Lisa Jensen), Jerry Swan (NASSAM 2016 Organizing Committee

Chris Brinkley, one of the attorneys at Carr & Carr, and his wife Karen are big Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice roadster fans.  As the organizers of the 11th North American Solstice Sky Annual Meet (NASSAM) this past summer, Chris and Karen, along with a bunch of their NASSAM friends, took part in some fundraising activities to raise money for a cause about which they are passionate. (more…)






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