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Holiday Weekend Woes: Oklahoma Highway Patrol Reports 7 Fatal Crashes

Fourth of July weekend is a popular time for car travel. This year, approximately 43.6 million Americans drove to their destinations, the highest on record for this holiday and 5 percent more than the previous record set in 2019, according to the AAA automotive group. Sadly, the National Safety Council estimated 400 to 580 deaths on U.S. roads this past holiday weekend.

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Oklahoma Wreck Takes Young Life

The driver of a box truck recently fell asleep behind the wheel causing a horrific crash. The wreck is still under investigation, however the massive collision in Oklahoma County caused major damage and resulted in one fatality.

On Monday, June 14 at 1:00 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol was called to the scene on westbound I-40 at Eastern Ave. Most drivers and passengers in the six-car pileup suffered only minor injuries, however, Alecia Buffington, 26, was rushed to OU Health in serious condition with head injuries. She was quickly rushed into surgery.

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Motorcycle Collisions

As summer temperatures continue to rise, the number of motorcycle riders on the roads have increased as well.  And with the increasing number of riders on the roads, it is reasonable to expect the number of motorcycle collisions will be on the rise.

“The most common way that a motorcycle collision occurs is not because of a speeding motorcycle, it’s actually because of a car turning left out in front of a motorcycle,” explained injury lawyer Michael Carr on Know The Law on Living Oklahoma. “Often times cars turn out in front of a motorcycle drivers because they just have trouble seeing them.  In fact there’s a study done by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) which concludes the #1 cause of motorcycle collisions was cars just not being able to see the motorcycle.”

One of the best ways motorcycle riders can protect themselves against injuries if they are involved in an accident, is by simply wearing a helmet.  Wearing a helmet not only increases a rider’s chance of surviving the motorcycle accident, but it also greatly increases their chance of avoiding a significant and traumatic brain injury.

When motorcycle accidents do occur, it’s important to understand motorcycle riders have the same rights and protections as someone who is driving a car or truck.

Carr concludes that if someone is riding a motorcycle and another car does something negligent to cause a collision with them, they are entitled to benefits from the other driver’s insurance carrier.  Whether that includes hospital expenses, physical therapy expenses, missed work, lost wages, etc., those are things riders should be entitled to receive. If you’re ever involved in a motorcycle accident in Oklahoma, the personal injury lawyers at Carr & Carr can help.

How to File a Truck Accident Claim

Truck accidents can be more dangerous, destructive and fatal compared to crashes involving regular non-commercial vehicles. The impact of a truck accident can be devastating, and the costs can be much higher.

Nationwide, over 5,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2018. That’s an 8% increase from 2016 to 2018. Unfortunately, truck accidents in Oklahoma were on the rise in recent years, too. In 2017, there were 5,540 large truck accidents in Oklahoma alone. Oklahoma’s State Highway 9 is even deemed one of the most dangerous highways in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

If you were injured or a loved one died as a result of a truck accident in Oklahoma, the team of attorneys at Carr & Carr are here to help. Please call our office at 866-510-0580 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with an experienced attorney on our team.

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The Weekly Recall

Pool and Patio Umbrellas Recalled Due to Injury Hazard – About 250 sold

Umbrosa umbrellas equipped with the Umbrosa Evolution Arm/Holder have been recalled before on October 25, 2018. May 27, 2021 recall is due to the hazard of the umbrella arm can break at the elbow while in use, posing an injury hazard.

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Electrical Power Line Injuries

Each year, hundreds of Americans are killed and thousands are injured because of electrical hazards, such as a downed electrical power line. Power lines can carry more than 500,000 thousand volts; touching a downed electrical power line can open up a path from a high voltage zone, like the line, to a low voltage zone, like your body, causing injuries or death.

Many fatal accidents involving electrocution from an electrical power line are not the fault of the persons hurt. At Carr & Carr, we have successfully helped injured Oklahomans and their families receive financial compensation following an electric power line accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in an electrical power line accident in Oklahoma, call to speak with one of our attorneys at 1-866-510-0580, or contact us online

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8 burn victims sue over exploding cans of Pam cooking

Most all kitchens use spray or oil for cooking. Pam is a very common brand of cooking spray. A consumer survey in 2020 states over 44 million Americans used 2 or more containers in the past year.

Exploding cans of cooking spray can cause immediate—and horrific—injuries. These injuries are those that would typically come with a large fire or violent explosion, such as: First degree burns to exposed areas, such as the neck, hands, face and chest.

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Peloton Treadmill Kills Toddler and Injures Others

The product liability attorneys at Carr and Carr have been helping victims of defective and dangerous products, like these treadmills, for almost 50 years in Oklahoma. The accomplished team of injury attorneys at Carr & Carr is dedicated to helping victims of defective products recover the financial security they need to restore their lives. We proudly serve clients from Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas via our offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Springdale, AR. In cases related to defective products, we can represent clients across the country. We can help, call us at 866.510.0580 for a free consultation.

There are many different types of products that can cause harm or death, most product liability cases relate to one of three types of issues: design defects, manufacturing defects or warning defects.

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