Like most states, Oklahoma has laws that restrict cell phone use while driving in an effort to reduce distracted driving accidents. Oklahoma is also like most states in that many drivers either don’t know the applicable distracted driving laws or choose to ignore them. Continue reading “Oklahoma’s Texting and Distracted Driving Laws”
Although car accidents are common, rarely do people actually witness one. If you happen to see a car accident, the first thing you must do is make sure you are safe. Then, call 911 and report the car accident. If it is safe, try and determine whether someone is in need of medical attention. Lastly, try and wait for the police to show up as they will likely want to take a statement from you. Too often, witnesses leave the scene of the collision and thus don’t offer valuable observations to police. This is especially important when there is a dispute about who caused the car accident. Continue reading “What happens if I witness a car wreck?”
The bodies of five workers killed in a drilling rig explosion in Pittsburg County on Monday, Jan. 22, were recovered on Tuesday as investigators searched for a cause for the deadliest oil and gas accident since 2010. Continue reading “Five Dead After Pittsburg County Drilling Rig Explosion”
If you are involved in a car accident that is not your fault, you may wonder whose insurance company has to pay to make up for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, etc. The answer to this question partly depends on whether or not you have uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy. Uninsured motorist coverage, also called Underinsured Motorist Coverage, or UM, is designed to compensate you in cases where the at-fault driver does not liability insurance or does not have enough liability insuarance. Continue reading “Does my own insurance company pay me for a car accident?”
Many times clients will ask “Do I have to pay back my health insurance carrier from my settlement?” Whether you have to pay back your health insurance company will depend on many factors. Most insurance companies will exercise their right of subrogation, meaning that they will exercise their right to be paid back the benefits they extended you during your medical treatment following your collision or other injury producing event. Some insurance companies, especially those who provided you health insurance through your employer, will not reduce the amount they want to be paid back. Other health insurance companies will agree to reduce the amount they want to be paid back if they can be convinced that it is in their best interests. Continue reading “Do You Have to Pay Back Your Health Insurance After a Car Wreck?”
One of the biggest concerns people have after getting into a car wreck is how to get to another car so that they can get to work, take kids to school, and run basic errands. Under Oklahoma law, the insurance carrier for the at-fault driver is responsible for the costs to you for not having a car. Continue reading “Getting transportation after a car accident”
Ford is recalling 1.1 million pickup trucks due to a defect that may prevent the doors from opening or closing properly.
The recall affects F-150 trucks with model years between 2015 and 2017, as well as model-year 2017 Super Duty trucks. According to a Consumer Reports article on the recall, a faulty door latch or bent actuation cable may impair the proper opening or closing of the vehicles’ doors. Continue reading “Faulty Doors Spur Ford to Recall 1M Pickups”
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, improper car seat use leaves four out of five children inadequately restrained and vulnerable to injury during transport.
When car seats and boosters are installed correctly and properly fitted to a child, infants under age 1 are 71 percent less likely to die in a car crash. Toddler-age fatalities are reduced by 51 percent when the children are properly secured in car seats. Continue reading “Child Car Seat Safety in Oklahoma”
In conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), furniture manufacturer Ameriwood announced it is recalling 1.6 million of its Mainstays brand chests of drawers due to a tip-over risk.
According to the CPSC, the product is unstable and poses a potentially deadly hazard to children. A 4-year-old was reportedly injured when one of the dressers fell on him. Continue reading “Child Injury Sparks Recall of 1.6M Dressers Sold in Walmart Stores”
A dedicated advocate for injury victims, Oklahoma lawyer A. Laurie Koller of Carr & Carr Attorneys at Law is also committed to advancing the rights of crime victims.
Koller was recently named to the advisory board for the National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA), an affiliate program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Founded in 1999, the NCVBA is a network of attorneys and expert witnesses that helps crime victims pursue damages through the civil justice system. Continue reading “Carr & Carr Attorney Koller Joins NCVBA Advisory Board”