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You Just Witnessed a Car Wreck: Here’s How to Handle It

By Grant J. Rogers, Associate Attorney


In Texoma, citizens look out for one another. Whether it’s a crisis related to criminal activity, inclement weather, or even a family burdened with unexpected medical bills—our community comes together.

If you’re crossing the Red River on I-44, or perhaps traveling down Kemp Blvd. in Wichita Falls, and you witness a car wreck, do you know the best way of handling the situation to be most helpful for those involved?

If you happen to witness such a crash, Altman Legal Group wants you to be prepared and informed. Below are some key dos and don’ts to keep in mind.


DO: Dial 911

As soon as you can safely do so, call 911. As accurately as possible, describe the location, the wreck scene, and any other details that might be helpful to first responders (such as if you see smoke or some other imminent danger.)

DON’T: Just Keep Driving or Assume Others Will Stop

If you saw what happened you are needed at the scene, even if you’ve called 911 and the wreck did not appear to do significant damage to the vehicles.

Be sure to pull your car off the roadway so you are not blocking traffic. Stopping your car in a lane of traffic places you in danger and risks blocking emergency vehicles from entering the scene.

Of course, stopping is most important because the severity of damage to the cars is not always an accurate indicator of if there are injuries. Never assume everyone is fine. There is no way of knowing the physical condition of the occupants without pulling over to check on them.

Secondly, beyond the health and safety concerns, eyewitnesses are a critical piece of the puzzle for investigating officers and for insurance purposes. If the two motorists involved in a crash disagree on facts such as what color the light was, or who had the right of way, an eyewitness can save victims from being unfairly burdened with thousands of dollars in property damage and medical bills.

DO: Stay Calm and Know the Law

You did the right thing in stopping to check on the occupants. But what should you do next?

If the victim is unconscious, do not move them unless you observe immediate danger requiring it. It is best to wait for medical professionals to move a victim so you don’t risk causing unintentional further harm.

If the victim is conscious, ask if they need assistance and go from there. Use your best judgment under the circumstances. Many of our injured car wreck clients have shared stories about calm, encouraging witnesses waiting with them for first responders to arrive; it meant to world to them in that moment.

Road & Travel Magazine shares more specific tips for when you’re the first on the scene of a crash. It similarly recommends doing things as simple as holding a victim’s hand while waiting on an ambulance.

Don’t be scared of the legal consequences of rendering aid. If it’s clear something needs to be done quickly, before first responders arrive, do it. While the wording varies by state, all 50 states have some type of Good Samaritan Law (such as Texas’ Good Samaritan Act) in place to protect you in these situations. Here in Texas, the law states, in part:

“A person who in good faith administers emergency care is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency unless the act is wilfully or wantonly negligent…”

In other words, you can render aid in an emergency situation without fear of getting sued for it later, so long as you handle the situation reasonably, and don’t do anything blatantly negligent. (Exceptions to this general rule and more specifics can be found at the above link, with a focus on Subchapter D. Emergency Care)


Now you’re prepared for if you witness a wreck. Be sure to also read our blog post here, urging drivers to review their own auto coverage to be sure it’s sufficient for every possible situation.

And of course, if you or a loved one ever becomes the victim in such a devastating wreck, please contact our office immediately for a free consultation to explore your options.

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NHTSA’s Cool Tips for Summer Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently released their “Focus on Safety” summer driving tips. With an emphasis on prevention and planning, the NHTSA is hoping to improve safety for families traveling across the country on road trips and across town this summer. Listed below are a few cool tips to get your car prepared for a safe summer road trip.

Road Trip Planning Tips

  • Tune up
  • Oil change
  • Battery check
  • Tire rotation and balance
  • Check for recalls
  • Pack an emergency roadside kit

Before You Go

The best way to ensure you have a safe and successful summer road trip is to prepare for one. Don’t wait until you’re getting ready to leave to check your tires for tread wear and pressure. Even if you’re a little early for your regularly schedule maintenance, it’s a good idea to go ahead and take care of it. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road, out of town, when you’re supposed to be having a fun and carefree summer road trip. Equally important, is preparing an emergency roadside kit, just in case you do get stranded.

Emergency Roadside Kits

  • Cell phone and charger
  • First aid kid
  • Flashlight
  • Flares and a white flag
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Jack (and ground mat)
  • Work gloves and change of clothes
  • Basic repair tools and some duct tape
  • Water and paper towels
  • Nonperishable food
  • Drinking water
  • Medicines
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Maps
  • Emergency blankets, towels and coats.

Buckle Up For Summer Safety

The NHTSA is also reminding motorists to buckle up this summer, and all year round. It’s the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Parents and caregivers should also make sure their child passengers are in age and size appropriate car seats before heading out on summer road trips.

Keep Kids and Pets Safe This Summer

Finally, never leave a child or pet alone in a parked car. Even with windows cracked and the air conditioning on, you’re putting them at life-threatening risk of heatstroke. On an 80-degree day, temperatures inside of a parked vehicle can reach deadly levels within 10 minutes.

The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a safe and happy summer.

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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.
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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600 Crashes in Wichita Falls in 2016

A recent article out of the Times Record News highlights the disturbing report that more than 600 total car crashes in the City of Wichita Falls have occurred in the first quarter of 2016. In fact, the a report out of the Wichita Falls Traffic Safety Commission found 612 total automobile crashes recorded from January through March of this year. Many crashes happened at Kemp and Southwest Parkway. In the month of March, there were four collisions at Avenue Q and Kemp Boulevard alone. Of those crashes, 175 injuries were reported. At 6th and Austin Streets, traffic safety officials have added new safety features to the intersection. This was the first time in a decade that this particular intersection dropped off of the top 10 list of high-collision intersections.

Collisions Across Wichita Falls

On Monday morning, a one-vehicle sent at least four people to the hospital. That wreck occurred in a northbound lane of the Lloyd Ruby overpass. Although very few details about the wreck were released, we do know that traffic was backed up during rush hour traffic as crews and first responders worked the scene. In March, there were two traffic-crash fatalities in Wichita Falls. There was a fatal crash involving a motorcycle on Highway 79 and two-car crash at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Juarez.

GPS and Distracted Driving

A recent wreck involving a semi truck that turned in front of a bus could have been a case of distracted driving involving GPS technology. Apparently, this is becoming a recurring problem in one particular area. Drivers are listening to directions without making sure those directions are safe and accurate. The GPS tells the driver to “Turn Now,” and the driver turns without actually making sure it’s a safe and appropriate time and location to do so.

When to Call a Car Accident Attorney

Car accidents can leave victims in the hospital, out of work and with expensive medical bills piling up. After any kind of car accident caused by somebody else’s negligent, dangerous or distracted driving, it’s essential to get in touch with a skilled and proven personal injury lawyer about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Wichita Falls or in any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

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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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Technology For Teen Driver Safety

With warmer weather on the way and the school year coming to an end, we can expect to see more teen drivers on Texoma roadways. This also means, we can expect to see more crashes involving teen drivers. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young people in the U.S. KFDX News Channel Three recently reported on the latest technology aimed at improving teen driver safety and preventing crashes. Busy Texoma parents can still keep track of their teen drivers’ safety during summer months. In their What the Tech segment, KFDX News Channel Three reported on the new Splitsecnd device. This device is kind of like Onstar, but you can put it in any vehicle. It plugs right into the 12-volt outlet.

Splitsecnd Device to Improve Teen Driver Safety

Not only does the Splitsecnd device have traditional safety features like contacting first responders in the event of a crash, it has a variety of other important features too. It has a “panic” button that will connect drivers directly to an emergency call center. It also has monitoring features that allow parents to keep a close eye on their teenage driver’s safety behind the wheel. Since it’s GPS enabled, parents can also get real-time updates on the vehicle’s location. You can also connect a smart phone to it, so you can see if your teen has been texting behind the wheel. At this time, the Splitsecnd device is about $150, and the monitoring costs an additional $16 a month.

U.S. Teen Crash Facts

  • In 2013, 2,163 teens (between 16 and 19 years old) were killed in traffic crashes.
  • Approximately 243,243 teens were treated in emergency rooms for car crash injuries in 2013.
  • Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use.
  • 54 percent of teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Crashes Involving Teen Drivers in Texoma

Accident cases involving teen drivers can be complicated for investigators to sort out. Often times, there are a variety of factors involved including additional peer passengers, distractions, and other issues that increase risk for crashes where teen drivers are concerned. If you or your child has been injured in a crash involving another teen driver, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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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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Injury Crash on U.S. 287

On Monday morning, an injury crash on U.S. 287 sent four people to the hospital. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the single-car wreck happened sometime around 8:00 a.m., just north of the 6th Street exit. For currently unknown reasons, the Nissan sedan bounced off of the right side guardrail before swerving and hitting the left side guardrail. A man, a woman and two children were injured in the crash, and they were all transported to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls. Traffic had to be detoured around the wreckage as crews and first responders worked the scene.

Two Children Injured in Highway 287 Crash

At this time, no information has been released about the cause of this apparent one-car crash. Although very few details have been released, initial reports indicated that none of the injuries were immediately described as critical. As of Wednesday, the two children had been released from the hospital. There is no word on the extent of their injuries or information on the injuries or the conditions of the two adults who were involved. The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

Passenger Occupant Safety Facts

  • In 2013, 21,132 occupants died in motor vehicle crashes.
  • 49 percent of vehicle occupants killed in 2013 were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
  • Seat belts saved an estimated 12,584 lives among passenger vehicle occupants ages five years old and older in 2013.
  • In 2013, an estimated 2,388 lives of those ages 13 years and older were saved by frontal air bags.
  • Among children under the age of five years old, child restrains saved an estimated 263 lives in 2013.

Car Accidents in Wichita Falls

Car accidents can leave loved ones in the hospital and out of work. In many cases, these collisions are totally preventable. After any type of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your options. Dealing with multiple insurance agencies can be frustrating and difficult for victims. A lawyer can be you and your family’s advocate during a tough time.

If a negligent or dangerous driver in Wichita Falls, Lawton or in any of the surrounding Texoma communities caused your injury accident, contact the skilled and proven team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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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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Cow on 287 Causes Injury Wreck

Early Friday morning, a loose cow on Highway 287 sent an Iowa Park man to the hospital. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. near the Huntington Lane exit. A husband and wife from Iowa Park were driving home in separate cars when the first vehicle struck a cow that was standing in the middle of the roadway. The husband was in the first car, and he was injured in the collision. The wife’s car also ran over what was left of the animal in the roadway.

Iowa Park Man Injured in Crash With Livestock

Thankfully, the wife was able to walk away from the crash. The husband was transported to the hospital for treatment of a broken arm. There has been no word on his current condition or if any local ranchers have been cited or contacted about the loose cow. At this time, no information has been released on how or why the cow was in the middle of Highway 287. There haven’t been any details on who owned the cow or how it came to be standing in the middle of the road early Friday morning.

The Dangers of Livestock in the Roadway

There’s no question that a cow or any other type of livestock in the roadway creates a hazardous and dangerous situation for drivers. In many cases, the owner of the cow can be held liable for the damages to cars and for the injuries to the occupants of the car. A full-grown cow can weigh anywhere between 1,500 and 2,500 pounds. Even at relatively slow speeds, a collision involving a large farm animal can have devastating consequences. These farm animals are much larger than deer, and deer-related crashes are responsible for about 200 deaths and about 10,000 personal injuries each year.

What to do After an Accident Involving Livestock

Farm animals running loose pose a serious danger to motorists on Texas roadways. Injuries and property damage associated with these types of collisions can be extensive and costly. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a collision involving cows, farm animals or any other type of livestock in Wichita Falls or in any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

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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Winter Weather Driving Safety

With winter weather on the way, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a variety of safe driving tips for motorists. In Texoma, we can expect anything from freezing rain and ice storms to near blizzard conditions this season. We recently reported on how to prepare your vehicle for winter, but are you ready to get behind the wheel this season? With a little bit of preparation and know-how, you can get ready for winter weather on Texoma roadways.

When Possible, Stay Off The Road

In poor weather and roadway conditions, the NHTSA always recommends staying home and off of the roads when possible. If you have to get to work or leave the house in an emergency situation in bad weather, allow yourself extra time to get to your destination and make sure you and your car are ready to safely traverse the cold roads.

Winter Safety Driving Tips

  • Make sure your windows, lights and windshields are free and clear of ice and snow.
  • Buckle up. Every trip. Every time.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Focus on the task of driving.
  • Know your brakes.

Safely Applying Brakes

Whether the roads have been dumped on by snow or have a thin sheet of ice covering them, you need to know how to safely apply your brakes. Don’t wait until you’re out in a storm to learn about your brakes. First, you need to determine whether or not you have antilock brakes. If you do, then you can apply firm continuous pressure. If you don’t have antilock brakes, pump them gently. If you’re in a skid, remember to stay calm. The NHTSA recommends easing gently off of the gas, while steering in the direction you want the front of your car or truck to go. Remember to stay off of the pedals until you’re in control of the vehicle again.

Bad Weather Car Accidents in Texoma

If you have been injured in an accident in bad weather, remember to stay calm and call for help. After any kind of car accident due to somebody else’s negligent, distracted or dangerous behavior, it’s important to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free consultation.

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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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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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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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.

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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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Over 40 Years of Experience

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