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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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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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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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We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Oklahoma’s “Click It or Ticket” Safety Campaign

"Click It or Ticket" Safety CampaignMultiple law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma are joining the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign to improve the safety of drivers and passenger occupants across the state. According to KSWO Channel Seven News, the campaign will be running from May 19 to June 1.

Lieutenant Troy German, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), said that officers are going to be cracking down on drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up. In Oklahoma, drivers and front-seat passengers ages 13 and up need to have their seat belts fastened at all times. Children ages 12 and under are required to be in age and size appropriate car seats or booster seats as well.

Seat Belt Safety Facts

  • In 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying in car crashes.
  • From 2008 to 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 63,000 lives.
  • In 2012, 3,031 additional lives could have been saved if all unrestrained passengers ages five and older had worn their seat belts.
  • In 2012, 10,335 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants died in crashes.
  • 62 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds killed in crashes were not buckled up.
  • 66 percent of pickup truck occupants killed in crashes were not buckled up.
  • 54 percent of people who died in crashes in rural areas were not wearing their seat belts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide “Click It or Ticket, Day & Night” Campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of driving or riding in a car without buckling up. They’ve called on state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to step up efforts to catch offenders too. Perhaps, avoiding a ticket will help to motivate some people who still aren’t buckling up for every trip.

The NHTSA are also myth busting some of the incorrect reasons people choose not to wear seat belts. It doesn’t matter if you live in a rural community, if you drive a pickup truck, or that you’re only driving “down the street.” You need to buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip is or in what type of vehicle you’re riding in.

The NHTSA also wants you to know that airbags aren’t enough to keep you safe. They work with seat belts to improve driver and passenger safety in the event of a wreck.

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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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