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Month: November 2015

Buckle Up to Save Your Giblets

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual seat belt safety campaign for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thanksgiving isn’t just one of the most traveled weekends of the year, it’s also one of the deadliest weekends of the year. The “Buckling Up Could Save Your Giblets” safety campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of buckling up. This time of year is notorious for injury causing and fatal crashes, and nothing is more tragic than an injury or death that could have been prevented, especially during the holiday season. This year, the NHTSA is encouraging Americans to buckle up for every trip, every time.

Buckling Up Could Save Your Giblets

Buckling up your seat belt is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a car accident. Don’t assume that because you have air bags you don’t need your seat belt. Seat belts and air bags work together to improve passenger occupant safety. Even if you’re not traveling across country this year, it’s essential to buckle up. Whether you’re driving across town or across Texas, buckle up for every trip. It could save your giblets. Parents and caregivers are also encouraging to ensure children are properly restrained with age and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats.

Thanksgiving Weekend Crash Statistics

  • During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2013, 301 people were killed in car crashes in the U.S.
  • 58 percent of those people killed were not using their seat belts at the time of the crash.
  • Over the 2013 Thanksgiving weekend, 64 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes at night were unbuckled.
  • Over the last decade, more than 100,000 lives have been saved by seat belts in the U.S.

After a Car Accident in Texoma

After a car accident in Wichita Falls, Lawton or any other Texoma community, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can be your advocate during a difficult time. Sadly, the holidays are traditionally known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes across the country. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident this holiday season, contact a skilled personal injury attorney about your case. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody in Texoma a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

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We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

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Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
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Resolve automobile property damage claims.
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Auto Insurance Coverage: Need to Know

Do you know what your auto insurance policy covers in the event of a car accident? If you’re like many Americans, you might know your premium costs and deductibles, but beyond that, you could be in for a surprise after a collision. It’s important to understand that not all insurance policies are created equal. The Altman Legal Group’s Grant Rogers recently wrote an article about the four questions you need to ask your insurance agent today. Don’t wait until you’ve been injured in a car accident to find out the details about your coverage. Find out today whether your coverage is good enough, and make policy changes, if necessary.

Good Coverage Versus Bad Coverage

Many of us are driving around with the bare minimum type of auto insurance coverage. We don’t have roadside assistance, rental car availability or coverage in the event of an accident involving an uninsured motorist. Many of these important items only raise the price of insurance premiums a little bit, so it’s important to talk to your agent about how much bang your getting for your buck. Really good coverage might not be as expensive as you think. Listed below are the top four questions to ask your agent about your current auto insurance policy.

Four Questions to Ask Your Agent

  1. If I’m injured in a car wreck, incur medical bills, and miss work, am I covered? If so, how much coverage is there?
  2. If I’m hit by a driver with no insurance at all or by one who has minimal coverage, is my own coverage going to step in and help?
  3. If my car is severely damaged or totaled, will you provide a rental car? For how many days?
  4. If a car wreck is my fault, and my car is badly damaged, will you be repairing it?

After a Car Accident in Texoma

Even with the best insurance plans and under some of the most highly rated insurance companies, it can still be difficult to get claims processed. It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to delay and deny legitimate claims in hopes of wearing down policyholders. If you were injured in an accident caused by somebody else’s negligence, it’s a good idea to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney about your case. Your lawyer can be your advocate during a difficult time and deal with the insurance company for you.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently hosted “Asleep at the Wheel: A Nation of Drowsy Drivers.” This two-day forum during National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (November 1-8, 2015) was aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving and developing a dialogue about reducing injury causing and fatal crashes due to drowsy driving. The NHTSA partnered with the National Sleep Foundation and hosted a variety of experts in fields like sleep science, traffic safety and public health to inform, educate and discuss the major topics associated with the nation’s drowsy driving problem. In addition to state and federal government agencies, advocacy groups were also on hand to discuss the forum issues. Topics covered included research, vehicle technology, victim stories and public awareness.

Drowsy Driving Facts

  • Each year, an estimated 100,000 police-reported crashes occur due to driver fatigue.
  • Those crashes result in an estimated 1,550 deaths.
  • An estimated 71,000 injuries occur as a result of driver fatigue each year.
  • Crashes caused by driver fatigue result in an estimated $12.5 billion each year.

Take The Pledge Against Drowsy Driving

The National Sleep Foundation is encouraging drivers to take the pledge against drowsy driving. These crashes are completely preventable, and drivers who are in at-risk groups like shift workers and people with undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders should be especially vigilant about their alertness behind the wheel. Drowsy driving can lead to falling asleep behind the wheel, but that doesn’t mean that drivers who manage to stay awake are safe from causing crashes. Drivers who are tired have slower reaction times and reduced alertness behind the wheel.

Drowsy Driving Crashes in Texoma

The number of crashes, injuries, deaths and costs associated with drowsy driving is thought to be widely underreported. It’s not as if there is a breath test for drowsy driving, however research continues to emerge showing just how dangerous and deadly drowsiness behind the wheel is. If you suspect a drowsy driver was to blame for your injuries, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a drowsy driver in Texoma, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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OK Bans Texting While Driving

Starting November 1, 2015, drivers who are caught texting behind the wheel in Oklahoma will be facing a $100 fine. The Oklahoman reported on the implementation of the new texting-while-driving ban. House Bill 1965 was signed into law earlier this year, and officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) have been getting the word out about the dangers of texting while driving. Oklahoma is the 46th state to enact some type of ban on texting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, Texas is one of the few remaining states that does not have a statewide law against texting while driving.

Oklahoma’s Ban on Texting Behind The Wheel

Reading and sending a text is illegal under the newly enacted law. This means you can’t read, compose or send a text message while driving a moving automobile. Captain Paul Timmons with the OHP reports that there will be no grace period associated with the new law, and the OHP intends to aggressively enforce the ban. They have spent the last two months educating the public about this upcoming ban. Under this law, hands-free applications are still permitted, but drivers are reminded that hands-free texting hasn’t proven to be substantially safer than handheld device use.

Distracted Driving Crashes by The Numbers

  • In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
  • An estimated 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
  • 10 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal wrecks were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of distracted drivers in fatal wrecks.

Distracted Driving Accidents in Wichita Falls

Five seconds is the average amount of time your eyes are off of the road while texting. If you’re going 55 miles per hour, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field totally blindfolded. Distracted driving accidents in Wichita Falls and across the nation are 100 percent preventable. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving crash, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case.

The team at the Altman Legal Group supports Oklahoma’s ban on texting while driving and hopes Texas will enact a similar law to protect motorists and other roadway users from injury causing and fatal distracted driving collisions.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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