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Deadly Car Accident – Adverse Driving Conditions

Jeremy Thurman on December 14, 2010

Chickashanews.com is reporting that a two people recently lost their lives in a car accident that occurred at 7:48 a.m. on State Highway 76 about two-tenths of a mile south of 260th. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 2008 Suzuki Forenza was traveling northbound on SH 76 and impacted with a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup. The report states that it was a two lane undivided road. Investigators believe rainy and foggy conditions may have played a role in the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

This tragic car accident should serve as a reminder of the dangers associated with driving in rural Oklahoma. Having lived much of my life in rural Oklahoma, I can personally attest to the dangers associated with driving on undivided two lane roads. Oklahoma drivers should take extra care on these roads to be cognizant of other drivers as well as any adverse conditions that could cause a car wreck.


A Truly Scary Halloween Tale – Child and Driver Safety

Jeremy Thurman on October 28, 2010

From Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin to Ichabod Crane’s Headless Horseman there are endless frightful stories that are re-told each Halloween. However, there is one terrifying story about Halloween that is true.

On Halloween it is twice as likely children will be killed by a car while walking on this night than any other night of the year, according to study by Safe Kids USA. One big step that can be taken to prevent this is safe, cautious driving on the Halloween evening. The excitement of Halloween, crazy costumes and loads of candy can make children move in unpredictable ways. Therefore, it’s important to take extra precautions when driving on the ghostly holiday during the peak trick-or-treat hours of 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Continue reading


Automobile-deer collisions in Oklahoma not just a rural thing!

Jeremy Thurman on October 18, 2010

With the cooler weather approaching, Oklahomans would be aware of the real dangers of deer-automobile collisions. In 2009, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported 194 injury accidents involving deer and six of those accidents resulting in human fatalities. These figures are a drastic increase from the 2008 report of 86 injury accidents with two human fatalities.  One simple explanation for the rise in these types of accidents is that humans are moving more and more into deer habitat.  This encroachment forces deer to find new areas for food and water, which can push them to cross country roads to interstates.  Another explanation is the deer population overall is growing in the state of Oklahoma according to Oklahoma Game & Fish Magazine.  The fall season is more common for deer-auto collisions because it’s mating season for deer.  Additionally, the food sources for deer change in the autumn from grassy plains to wooded areas with nuts and hardier foliage.   Last but not least, hunting season in Oklahoma starts in October causing deer to move more frequently.

 How can you prepare yourself?

Some general knowledge about deer can help.  For example, deer are mainly active at dawn and dusk, and travel in numbers ranging from two deer on up to twenty.  Therefore, you should be on the look-out on the way to work or school in the mornings and late evenings.  Also be sure and scan not only the road, but the grassy areas on the side of the road.  Try to use your high-beam headlights as much as possible to enable you to see the deer and the deer to be alert to your presence.  Don’t rely solely on the deer whistles you may have mounted on your car, they are not 100% protection against a collision. 

Remember, you may not be able to avoid a collision with a deer because swerving your vehicle could be more dangerous.  For instance, you could swerve into on-coming traffic and cause a more serious collision with another vehicle.  Or on the other hand, you could lose control of your vehicle and cause greater damage to yourself than was necessary.  Deer are very unpredictable animals and there is no way to know which direction they will turn.  The best advice is to slow down when you see the animal on the side of the road.


Oklahoma – Health Care Costs Justify Increased Car Insurance Coverage

Jeremy Thurman on August 31, 2010

Injuryboard.com contributor Carley Partridge wrote an insightful blog on “Driving for Better Coverage.”  In the blog she discusses the fact that Washington’s minimum compulsory insurance limits ($25,000.00 per accident) are insufficient in light of the ever increasing cost of medical care.

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