Injured by a distracted driver in OKC?

Talking on the phone, texting, eating, drinking, adjusting in-vehicle systems, applying makeup: these activities we have all observed in other drivers. Driving while distracted is dangerous, greatly increasing the risk of a collision with vehicles, motorcycles, cyclists, pedestrians, or trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in a recent year, 3,522 individuals were fatally injured in distracted driving accidents, and about 10 lives were lost every day across the nation. Oklahoma City is no exception, with negligent drivers taking risks while behind the wheel and failing to pay attention to the road ahead. 

Types of distracted driving accidents in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma lawmakers have passed laws to attempt to reduce distracted driving accidents. State law requires drivers to pay attention to the road, street, or highway. Since 2015, it has been illegal to text while driving or dial a cell phone. Commercial and public transit drivers are prohibited from making hand-held cellphone calls while operating a vehicle.

After a distracted driving accident with injuries, little thought may be given to the legal issues regarding compensation. The first and most important concern is the health and life of the injured individual. However, the legal issues surrounding such an accident should be addressed as early as possible after the accident.

The losses associated with a serious injury can be extensive, including medical bills, rehabilitation, loss of income from work, inability to earn a living, pain and suffering, and reduced quality of life. A claim or lawsuit can be filed to seek justice and full compensation, and this is when our distracted driving accident attorneys in Oklahoma City at the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote get involved.

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Types of distracted driving accidents

Operating a vehicle demands the full attention of the driver. Road hazards, sudden stops, pedestrians, vehicles merging, changing lanes, or other problems can appear without warning. When a driver’s attention is not on the road ahead, it can lead to disaster. The CDC reports on three main types of distracted driving accidents:

Visual distractions

The driver’s attention is on something other than the road ahead, whether adjusting in-vehicle systems, looking at a passenger, or at any visual distraction outside the vehicle that limits the driver’s focus on the act of operating a vehicle.

Manual distractions

Taking your hands off the wheel to text, eat, drink, apply makeup, adjust in-vehicle systems, deal with a child, smoke, or use a hand-held device to read or watch video content are all examples of manual distractions.

Cognitive distractions

These distractions can include daydreaming, worrying, conversations with passengers, driving while tired, stress, listening to podcasts, radio, or music, cellphone conversations, or driving while mental clarity is reduced from drugs or medications.

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Types of Injuries

The Law Offices of Stipe & Belote represent injured drivers and passengers who are distracted driving victims. The types of injuries commonly sustained in such accidents include:

  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Leg injuries (ankle, knee, hip)
  • Amputations
  • Disfiguring facial injuries
  • Burns

Why Hire the Law Offices Of Stipe & Belote?

The OKC car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Stipe & Belote pursue full compensation for lost wages, lost earning capacity, permanent injuries, and mental and physical pain and suffering in distracted driver accidents. Our distracted driving accident lawyers in Oklahoma City bring rare experience and are known for achieving extraordinary results, both in negotiating fair settlements and in court.

Rather than being an “advertising mill” that pumps out ads to attract clients, we take on a limited number of cases at our firm so we can give each client’s case the time and effort it deserves. Our entire team is very experienced in personal injury law and dedicated to client-focused service.

We are proud to have achieved a proven track record of winning cases and have been recognized for our accomplishments by our peers in the legal field. As trial attorneys, we try cases and win. Our successes are the result of honesty, hard work, and dedication to our clients.

Our firm specializes in personal injury litigation in Oklahoma, representing individuals who have been seriously injured or killed by the negligence of others.

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