Noble McIntyre on May 20, 2014
The sun is out, the air is warm and Memorial Day is right around the corner. But, the spring season is about more than just barbecues and parades. It’s also a great time to get out and walk — shaking off the dust from being inside all winter feels great, and it’s a healthy way to get some exercise. However, pedestrians have to be just as cautious as drivers or cyclists when out on the road, and perhaps even more so. Continue reading
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.
Noble McIntyre on June 21, 2011
Americans, be aware. One of our most important constitutional rights is currently being attacked. The 7th Amendment provides Americans with the right to justice through the civil court system. This mechanism provides every citizen an opportunity to fight back against those have violated our life, liberty, and protections of law. However, this right is currently under fire by Corporate America through inaccurate and ridiculous brainwashing propaganda. Continue reading
Noble McIntyre on June 16, 2011
School is out for summer. The freedom from the classroom. The lazy days at the pool. The opportunity to make money at a job. All of these mean one thing – more teenage drivers out on the road. Unfortunately, car crashes are the leading killer of teenagers, with the summer months being the deadliest. Around twice as many teens die in car crashes in June, July, and August compared to the rest of the year. On average, 422 teens die in car crashes during each of these months, compared to 363 teens during the non-summer months. Continue reading
Noble McIntyre on June 10, 2011
Everyone loves a cute, cuddly pooch, right? After all, dogs are considered “man’s best friend”. However, beyond the adorable looks, companionship, and playfulness can sometimes come hostility and viciousness. According to USNews.com, 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Studies show that children are three times as more likely to be bitten by dogs than adults. About 600,000 children every year in the United States require medical attention for dog bites. The good news, however, is that education and proper training of dogs can significantly reduce the number of attacks. Continue reading
Noble McIntyre on June 7, 2011
Fun turned into disaster last week in New Jersey and New York, sparking debate on whether apparently safe activities are indeed secure. On June 3rd, an 11-year-old girl fell 100 feet and died from a Ferris wheel on the Wildwood, NJ boardwalk Morey’s Pier. A Wildwood police captain reported that the Ferris wheel was in motion when the girl fell from the ride’s upper half. The Pier owner stated that cause of the fall is being investigated but there did not appear to be any mechanical problems. According to a witness, the girl was looking over the ledge, fainted, and fell over. The ride was deemed safe on March 17th when it passed inspection by the state Department of Community Affairs’ division of codes and standards. Continue reading
Noble McIntyre on June 1, 2011
One of the biggest weather risks that Oklahomans face is the threat of tornadoes. Last week’s outbreak of tornadoes across the state serves as a reminder of how damaging and deadly these weather forces can be. According to newsok.com, an Oklahoma man attempted to beat the storm home when he was caught by a tornado that took him off his motorcycle and dragged him 15-20 feet across a lawn and pavement. Fortunately, he only suffered some cuts and bruises to his back. The man was aware of the storm, but did not realize there was a tornado until it him. Continue reading
Jeremy Thurman on May 27, 2011
For many, summer is associated with spending time at the lake with friends and family. This upcoming summer, Oklahomans who venture out to the lakes need to keep in mind a new law that was recently passed. A new Oklahoma law has lowered the blood alcohol limits for boat operators from 0.10 to 0.08 percent. This would bring the boating limit down to the same limit that applies to motorists. Under this law, it does not matter if the boat is anchored or is in motion. As long as a person has immediate access to the boat, they can be cited or arrested for boating under the influence. Also, just like automobile drivers, boaters must submit to the alcohol tests or face penalties. If convicted, someone could face misdemeanor penalties of up to $1,000. Subsequent convictions would be punishable up to a $2,500 fine. Continue reading
Jeremy Thurman on February 17, 2011
Sometimes as attorneys we tend to focus on the after effects of an accident rather than accident prevention. I’ve always believed that if one doesn’t learn from history then they are doomed to repeat. That saying is even more applicable as it concerns highway safety.
Any person with a driver’s license has encountered commercial carriers, also called tractor-trailers, eighteen-wheelers, semi-trucks and big-rigs on most roadways. Many of these behemoths can weigh up to 80,000 lbs (40 tons) and when towing only one trailer, they are over 80 ft long and are even longer when towing a double or triple trailer. Whatever term you prefer to call them, these big trucks are the mighty kings of the road and given their size and destructive potential, pose the greatest risk of serious injury on the roadways.
Unfortunately, too many accidents involving passenger cars and semi trucks occur each year resulting in tens of thousands of injuries and death. Our firm has handled numerous Oklahoma trucking accident cases and we consistently see the devastating impact these injuries have on the injured and their families. Therefore, I want to share with you an article from Edmonds.com that describes the top five pet peeves truckers had with fellow motorists were. Please read this and remember these pet peeves when you encounter a semi on the roadway. Here is his list:
1) Riding in a trucker’s blind spots. Trucks have large blind spots to the right and rear of the vehicle. Smaller blind spots exist on the right front corner and mid-left side of the truck. The worst thing a driver can do is chug along in the trucker’s blind spot, where he cannot be seen. If you’re going to pass a truck, do it and get it over with. Don’t sit alongside with the cruise control set 1 mph faster than the truck is traveling.
2) Cut-offs. Don’t try to sneak into a small gap in traffic ahead of a truck. Don’t get in front of a truck and then brake to make a turn. Trucks take as much as three times the distance to stop as the average passenger car, and you’re only risking your own life by cutting a truck off and then slowing down in front of it.
3) Impatience while reversing. Motorists need to understand that it takes time and concentration to back a 48-foot trailer up without hitting anything. Sometimes a truck driver needs to make several attempts to reverse into tight quarters. Keep your cool and let the trucker do her job.
4) Don’t play policeman. Don’t try to make a truck driver conform to a bureaucrat’s idea of what is right and wrong on the highway. As an example, Taylor cited the way truck drivers handle hilly terrain on the highway. A fully loaded truck slows way down going up a hill. On the way down the other side of the hill, a fully loaded truck gathers speed quickly. Truckers like to use that speed to help the truck up the next hill. Do not sit in the passing lane going the speed limit. Let the truck driver pass, and let the Highway Patrol worry about citing the trucker for breaking the law.
5) No assistance in lane changes or merges. It’s not easy to get a 22-foot tractor and 48-foot trailer into traffic easily. If a trucker has his turn signal blinking, leave room for the truck to merge or change lanes. Indicate your willingness to allow the truck in by flashing your lights.
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.