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Drunk Driving Accidents

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: Cinco de Mayo Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently advertising their Cinco-de-Mayo-themed public safety campaign aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. Cinco de Mayo and the subsequent holiday weekend have become synonymous with festivities, partying and excessive drinking. This year, the NHTSA is calling on partygoers to make a plan before they go out, designate and driver and watch out for friends. They also want partygoers to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you plan on celebrating Cinco de Mayo with alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel.

Cinco de Mayo Holiday Crash Facts

  • From 2010-2014, there were 268 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the Cinco de Mayo holiday period.
  • During the Cinco de Mayo holiday period in 2014, 33 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
  • In 2014, there were 343 crash fatalities during the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend.
  • One out of three people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes that weekend.
  • Over the 2014 Cinco de Mayo holiday period, almost one-fifth (18 percent) of drivers in fatal crashes had BACs of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit.

Plan Ahead for a Safe Ride Home

The best way to ensure you’re covered after a night of partying is to make a plan before you go out. Designate a driver, and have a backup plan too, because your initial plan could fall through. A backup plan can be as simple as pre-programming a cab company’s number into your phone or downloading a rideshare app. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. If you have to, stay on a friend’s couch or ask for help in arranging a safe ride home. If you’ve only had ‘a couple of drinks,’ you still need a safe ride home. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, and even one drink can be one drink too many under certain conditions. Don’t risk your life or the lives of others.

Drunk Driving Accidents in Wichita Falls

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. The whole team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody in Texoma a Safe and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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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.
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Super Bowl Sunday Safety

The Super Bowl is the nation’s most watched sporting event of the year. Whether you’re turning out for your favorite team or just watching for the commercials, make sure you have a game plan to get home safely. Planning for a sober ride home ahead of time is the best way to ensure you have a hassle-free and safe ride home after the big game. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking football fans an important question this year; are you drinking or are you driving?

Just The Facts

  • During the 2014 football season, there were 10,676 alcohol-related traffic crashes in the State of Texas.
  • Of those crashes, there were 492 fatalities.
  • 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes across the nation in 2014.
  • 40 percent of those fatalities occurred during weekends.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Drunk driving crashes are one-hundred-percent preventable, and fans don’t let fans drive drunk. Whether you’re hosting a big Super Bowl party or you’re just attending one, be on the lookout for partygoers who aren’t safe to drive. If fellow football fans have been drinking, they don’t need to be driving. It’s that simple. The NHTSA also wants to remind motorists that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so play it safe and get a sober ride home if you’ve been drinking.

TxDOT’s Game Plan Tips

  • Designate a driver before the game.
  • Call a Taxi or use a ridesharing app on your phone.
  • Utilize public transportation.
  • Ask a sober friend or family member for a ride home.
  • Spend the night.

Make a Game Plan

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is also urging football fans to plan for safe rides home after the big game. Ensure you get home safely this Super Bowl Sunday by making a game plan. Don’t wait until the end of the night to try to find a safe riding home. Designate a driver, call a cab or ask a friend to help you find a ride home. It could save a life.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Super Bowl Sunday.

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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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WF Teen’s Idea to Prevent Drunk Driving

A teen scientist from Wichita Falls is one of 10 finalists in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his drunk-driving prevention invention. According to the Business Insider, 13-year-old Krishna Reddy of Wichita Falls has invented a device that can tell when a driver has consumed alcohol or used other drugs based on how dilated his or her pupils are. If Reddy wins the challenge, he’ll be named America’s Top Young Scientist and win a $25,000 prize.

The Dangers and Costs of Drunk Driving

In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 30 people in the U.S. die in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver every day. In addition to the very painful and personal human toll on American families, the cost of alcohol-related crashes is more than $59 billion annually. Although injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes are 100 percent preventable, lives are still being lost every day.

Where The Breath Test Falls Short

The old standby for detecting whether or not somebody is impaired is the breath test or the Breathalyzer. Unfortunately, this test can’t tell if somebody is on illegal drugs, prescription medications or over-the-counter substances. It’s important to understand that impaired driving can happen on a variety of different substances, including legal prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also, officers in the field are trained in detecting alcohol and drug impairment in drivers, but pupillary reflexes can occur on a scale of millimeters and milliseconds, so any new detection technology would be welcomed.

Reddy’s Pupil-Measuring Device

Since alcohol, opioids, LSD, cocaine and other drugs can cause our pupils to constrict, Reddy’s device measures papillary reflex to determine if drivers are alcohol or drug impaired. His invention has three components. First, there is a digital camera. Second, there is a snakehead flashlight, and lastly, there is a toilet-paper roll. When the flashlight is held up to the eye, and the toilet paper roll directs light into the pupil, the camera takes a video of the eye. Using a software program that he wrote, Reddy can measure the constriction of the pupil when the light hits it.

At this time, Reddy can tell if somebody has been drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana or using certain painkillers, sleep aids or amphetamines. The team at the Altman Legal Group applauds Krishna Reddy and his potentially life-saving invention.

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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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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over on Labor Day

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign. More than 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the nation are taking part in a crackdown on drunk driving leading up to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Labor Day weekend, like many holiday weekends, is one of the deadliest times of the year to be on U.S. roadways. The campaign will be running from August 21 to September 7, 2015, and the NHTSA has a $13.5 million national advertising budget to get the word out.

Labor Day Drunk Driving Statistics

  • On Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide.
  • Nearly half of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking.
  • More than a quarter of those crashes involved drivers with BAC at almost twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC).
  • Among the drivers between the ages of 18 and 34, who were killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend in 2013, 45 percent had a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • In fatal crashes during the month of August, over the five-year period of 2009-2013, nearly 1 out of 10 of the drunk drivers involved had one or more previous convictions for drunk driving.
  • In 2013, half of all fatalities during the nighttime (6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) involved drunk drivers, as compared with 14 percent during the day.

Drunk Driving Crashes in Texoma

Earlier this week, we reported on a drunk driving crash that happened on U.S. 281. At least one person had to be airlifted to United Regional for treatment of serious injuries, and a driver involved was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Law enforcement officers in Wichita Falls and other Texoma communities will likely be stepping up their own enforcement efforts for the upcoming holiday weekend. The NHTSA is also reminding people that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so if you plan to celebrate with alcohol, make a plan to get home safely.

If a drunk driver has injured you or somebody you love in Wichita Falls, Texas, Lawton, Oklahoma or 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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Drug Impaired Driver in Lawton

Last week, a suspected distracted and impaired driver nearly hit a firefighter in Lawton. According to KSWO ABC News Channel Seven, the incident happened on Northwest 31st Street and Ferris Avenue. His vehicle hopped a curb and crashed through a fence. Initial witness reports indicate that the driver appeared to be either slumped over behind the wheel or having some type of seizure prior to the crash. When first responders went to offer assistance, he was reportedly huffing a can of compressed air.

Impaired Driver Tries to Flee Scene

Upon seeing police officers, he tried to flee the scene by putting his vehicle in reverse, nearly running over a firefighter in the process. Thankfully, a police officer was able to break the passenger side window and remove the keys from the vehicle’s ignition. The suspect was arrested, and as a precaution, taken to the hospital before being transported to the Lawton City Jail.

Drugs and Driving Don’t Mix

While we typically think of impaired driving as being alcohol related, there are a variety of substances, both legal and illegal that can land drivers in jail. First of all, operating a vehicle under the influence of any type of illegal controlled substance is illegal. Not only can suspects face charges for possession, they can also still face driving under the influence (DUI) charges. These charges carry the same penalties as driving while intoxicated (DWI). Even driving a car under certain legally prescribed medications can land you in jail for a DUI charge, so it’s important to read medication labels carefully. Listed below are just a few substances that can impact a driver’s ability to navigate roadways safely.

Illegal Substances Behind The Wheel

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Huffed aerosols
  • Ecstasy
  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Opiates

When to Contact a Car Accident Attorney

After any kind of car accident due to somebody else’s dangerous, impaired, distracted or negligent behavior, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your options. You could be in the hospital and out of work for who knows how long, and you need somebody on your side.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to an alcohol impaired or drugged driver, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for an immediate free 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.

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Over 40 Years of Experience

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St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Prevention

This year, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival falls on Saturday, March 14th. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the street celebration lasts until 10:30 p.m. Not only is St. Patrick’s Day notorious for green beer and other alcoholic beverages, it’s also, not surprisingly, associated with a spike in drunk driving related injury-causing and fatal crashes. As with any Saturday night celebration involving alcohol, partygoers are encouraged to make responsible arrangements to ensure safe rides home. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently getting the word out about their annual St. Patty’s Day DUI Prevention campaign too.

St. Patty’s Day Drunk Driving Facts

  • In 2013, two out of every five crash deaths over St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved a drunk driver.
  • On St. Patty’s Day weekends from 2009 to 2013, 276 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
  • In the post-party hours of March 18, 2013, over half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
  • On St. Patrick’s Day in 2013, 31 people died in drunk-driving crashes.

St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Prevention

The best way to prevent drunk driving is to refrain from engaging in it. There is no such thing as ‘okay to drive,’ if you’ve been drinking. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure a smooth and safe ride home. If you’re going with a group of friends, designate a driver ahead of time. If you’re going alone or everybody in your group plans on drinking, line up some other form of transportation. Pre-program a cab company’s number into your phone, so you’re not scrambling around for a ride at the end of the night. Whatever you do, don’t get behind the wheel, and keep an eye on your friends too. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

Increased Law Enforcement

Not only does designating a driver keep roadways safer, it can also keep you out of jail. Law enforcement officers across Wichita Falls and Texoma will be stepping up their efforts to catch drunk drivers, so do yourself a favor and get a safe ride home.

After an Accident Involving a Drunk Driver

After a crash involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will be able to stay on top of investigative reports and be your advocate during a difficult time. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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.

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Over 40 Years of Experience

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Holiday Edition

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their 2014 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. It’s no secret that the holiday season is usually a pretty dangerous time to be on the roads in Texas and across the U.S. In addition to everyday commuters, seasonal travelers are taking to the highways and interstate roadways. On top of everything, more people are celebrating with alcohol this season, from Thanksgiving and Christmas to New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Crash Facts

  • In 2012, during the holiday period (December 12-31) 1,698 people were killed in crashes across the U.S.
  • Nearly a third of those fatalities were due to drunk-driving crashes.
  • On Christmas Day alone, 26 people were killed by drunk drivers in 2012.
  • From 2008-2012, a total of 3,994 people were killed in crashes with impaired drivers in the months of December.
  • In December of 2012, 830 people were killed in drunk driving crashes across the country.

Holiday Driving Safety

First, the NHTSA wants motorist to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so if you plan on celebrating with alcohol, find a safe ride home. Never get behind the wheel, it’s not worth even one lost life during the holidays or anytime of year. Drivers and passengers are also strongly encouraged to buckle up for every trip, no matter how short. Whether you’re traveling cross-country or across town, buckle up. It’s the single most effective way to protect yourself in a crash.

Police Officers Out in Full Force

State and local law enforcement agencies will be out in full force this holiday season in efforts to keep the roadways safe for travelers and commuters too. Law enforcement agencies are hoping that increasing patrols and national high-visibility campaign materials will help to reduce the potential number of injury-causing and fatal drunk driving crashes this holiday season.

After an Accident

If you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident this holiday season, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case. You should be enjoying the holidays with your family, not worrying about how the medical bills are going to get paid. Let your attorney handle the details. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a safe and happy holiday season.

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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.

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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Suspected Drunk Driving Crash in Lawton

On Saturday night, two collisions happened within minutes of each other in Lawton. One of the crashes sent a child to the hospital. The first crash involved a suspected drunk driver. According to KSWO ABC News Channel Seven, some time around 7:00 p.m., a white sedan struck a concrete barrier on Cache Road near Quanah Parker Trailway. The car then went into the median of the roadway. Law enforcement officers were swiftly on the scene, where the driver was described as combative.

Police officers were able to subdue the driver, and he was taken to jail on suspicion of drunk driving. The roadway quickly turned chaotic when an additional driver in a gold sedan rear-ended a black corvette. The corvette then struck an SUV, and the wreck left the sports car wedged underneath the SUV. Initial reports indicate that the driver who rear-ended the corvette may have been rubber-necking at the time of the collision.

One child was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries, but there’s no word on his condition or which car he was riding in. Very few details have been released about these wrecks other than the arrest. There’s no word on whether or not any other drivers were given citations.

Different Forms of Distracted Driving

Although we usually think of texting behind the wheel as the ultimate form of distracted driving, a variety of internal and external factors can be considered distractions. When drivers “rubber neck” or focus on the environment outside of their car for too long, they can put other motorists and roadway users at risk. A typical example is when a driver is rubber-necking and doesn’t realize the car in front of him or her is stopped.

If a driver is checking out an accident on the side of the road, they’re not focusing on the cars around them or on the road in front of them. We frequently hear about cars getting rear-ended when drivers are looking at totally unrelated collisions.

Drunk Driving in Lawton, OK

In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in crashes involving drunk drivers across the U.S. That means over 10,000 deaths were totally preventable. Drunk drivers put everybody on the roadway at risk. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash due to a drunk or distracted driver, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 580-353-4878 for a free consultation today.

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.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over for Labor Day Weekend

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the upcoming nationwide crackdown on drunk drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign isn’t just about the personal impact and dangers of drunk driving. This year, they’re also focusing on the societal economic impact of drunk drivers. With the holiday weekend just around the corner, the NHTSA wants party-goers to know that law enforcement officials across the country are going to be out in full force.

The Facts on Drunk Driving

  • 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving crashes each year.
  • On average, one person was killed every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash in 2012.
  • In 2012, 38 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Labor Day weekend involved drunk drivers.
  • In 2012, 147 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers or motorcycle riders over the Labor Day weekend.

Societal Economic Costs of Drunk Driving

According to the NHTSA, drunk driving crashes cost $47 billion in direct economic impacts in 2010. On average, that’s $152 per person. When other damages like harm to society, loss of life and quality of life are factored in, the annual economic impacts were estimated at $195 billion.

Labor Day Weekend

As usual, holiday weekends typically mean an increase in fatal and injury-causing drunk driving crashes. A lot of people will have three-day weekends. Backyard barbeques and celebrations are expected. Whether you’re going out for a night on the town or to a neighborhood party, make sure you have a safe ride home. If you plan on drinking at all, line up a ride.

Pre-planning is the best way to ensure a safe ride home. Find a designated driver or pre-program a taxi service’s number into your phone for the end of the night. If you’re hosting a party, make sure you know how everybody’s getting home. When in doubt, take their keys, and call a cab.

After a Crash Involving a Drunk Driver

After a crash involving a drunk driver, it’s critical to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Drunk driving crashes are 100 percent preventable. Getting behind the wheel after drinking puts everybody on the roadway at risk. The NHTSA wants party goers to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving too. Even one drink can be one too many.

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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