Noble McIntyre on July 1, 2011
Drunk drivers, move aside. Distracted drivers are now the most dangerous drivers on the road. According to recent distracted driving statistics, distracted drivers are 23 more times likely to cause accidents, compared to drunk drivers who are 7 times more likely to cause one. Also concerning is the amount of deaths that can be attributed to distracted driving. In 2009, out of the 33,808 car crash deaths, reports indicate that 16%, or 5,474, were attributable to driver distraction. Research also suggests that up to 80%, or 27,046 deaths, could have involved driver distraction.
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 September 2, 2010
If you are an injury victim in an automobile accident, there are several important things to remember. Several basic concepts can make all the difference if you, your family or friends are hurt and need help. In this article, I will list the important things to do if you are hurt in a car wreck.
If any party involved in the accident is injured immediately call 911. The first hour after a car accident is critical and can often mean the difference between life and death.