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November 2015 Archives

Slip-and-fall accidents and medical malpractice

Oklahoma residents who have been the victims of accidents where they slip and fall on hospital grounds may face confusion as to the difference between ordinary negligence and medical malpractice. The distinction between the two types of claims is crucial because of the procedural obstacles in a medical malpractice case, but, historically, it has not been clear. In order to bring a medical malpractice case to court after falling in a hospital, the plaintiff must file, gain approval and deal with a potentially costlier litigation than a standard personal injury lawsuit.

Technology, driver behavior keys to safer roads

Oklahoma residents may be surprised to learn that for most of them, getting into a motor vehicle is one of the riskiest activities that they regularly engage in. In 2013, there were more than 32,000 fatalities related to motor vehicle accidents around the country, according to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fatigued driving affects many motorists

An accident involving a drowsy driver on Oklahoma roads can be a catastrophic event. Motorists who fall asleep are not aware of the need to correct their path, and impact can often occur at fast speeds. During National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, this issue has been the focus of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

NHTSA campaign targets teenage DUI deaths

Oklahoma drivers may not realize that nearly one-quarter of all young drivers who are involved in a fatal traffic crash have alcohol in their system at the time of the accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has partnered with the Ad Council for National Teen Driver Safety Week, and their new campaign is designed to raise awareness about drunk driving among teenagers. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for American teenagers and nearly half of those killed are drivers.

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