Noble McIntyre on September 29, 2011
A recent accident has once again cast a spotlight on the prevalence of drunk driving related incidences in Oklahoma. On September 28, 2011, three men were taken to OU Medical Center after a man who may have been driving drunk caused a head-on collision. According to police, the accident occurred around 6 a.m. at NW 30th and North Council Road in Bethany. Reports say that a driver of a northbound gray sports utility vehicle crossed over the centerline on the road and hit a southbound red pick-up head on. Two men in the SUV were hurt and the man driving the pick-up suffered a severe leg injury. The driver faces a driving under the influence complaint.
Drunk driving is a serious problem that has been on the rise in Oklahoma. According to our Oklahoma Drunk Driving Statistics, alcohol-related accidents have risen steadily since 2005, even though fatalities have dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009. Continue reading
Noble McIntyre on September 15, 2011
Researchers at the California Department of Motor Vehicles published a study in The Journal of the Medical Association on Wednesday that found that tougher licensing laws for teenage drivers have reduced deadly car accidents among 16-year-olds but have increased the fatal crash rate among 18-year-olds. During the past two decades, states have enacted strict teenage driving laws with graduated driver’s license programs that require young drivers to meet certain requirements before they obtain their full license. Although the rules differ in each state, they generally require a minimum age to obtain a driver’s permit or license, a certain amount of supervised hours behind the wheel, prohibit teenagers from driving with other teenagers, ban night driving, or require six months of instruction before a driving test.
Noble McIntyre on August 1, 2011
This Friday, Oklahoma and six other states will be participating in the “Get Your Clicks on Route 66” campaign in an effort to reduce the number of motorists who do not wear a seatbelt, thereby decreasing the number of injuries and fatalities in car accidents. In this crackdown, law officers in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona will enforce seat belt usage. The officer who is organizing the efforts in Oklahoma hopes that the “Clicks” campaign will expand and include the entire stretch of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. Continue reading
Noble McIntyre on June 8, 2011
Child seat manufacturer Dorel is joining forces with an IndyCar supplier to produce what may be the safest child safety seats yet, reports the The New York Times. After noticing how IndyCar drivers can escape from 200 m.p.h. crashes seemingly harmless, Dorel executives have inquired into whether the same technology that protects IndyCar drivers can be applied to child safety seats. As a result, Dorel is now developing seats that use a proprietary foam called expanded polypropylene, or E.P.P, and should become available in 2012. This foam is incredibly absorbent because its spreads the impact of a crash through the foam so that pressure in a single area is absorbed throughout the foam. Also, the foam springs back, making it ready for additional impact. Another feature is that the foam weighs less, resulting in lighter seats. Continue reading
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.
Elizabeth Larrick on November 10, 2010
The road hazard of drowsy driving is normally hidden behind the obvious dangers of intoxication, speeding and texting; but, this concealed risk is experienced by 41% of drivers according to a report by American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety. Snoozing while driving is responsible for an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and 100,000 accidents each year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) These numbers are only collected by driver admissions and therefore hundreds more accidents and deaths may be caused by sleepy drivers. Continue reading
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
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.
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.