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Getting the Right Medical Treatment after a Car Crash

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Getting the Right Medical Treatment after a Car Crash

Ensuring that you obtain the right medical care after a car crash is important not only for your health but also for the claim that you will be filing later on to get the compensation you need for the damages you incurred.

A car crash can leave anyone confused and shaken up. You’re sure that you didn’t cause the crash, but between the injuries, the trauma, and the looming financial losses, you will need to attend to many things. But it’s vital to note that above all else, you should prioritize getting prompt and proper medical treatment.

First, always seek the medical treatment you need. Next, contact a Tulsa car accident attorney for legal assistance.

Why Seeking Proper and Prompt Medical Care is Very Important

During an adrenaline high, you might not be able to feel the real effects of your injuries following the crash. Lots of people have survived major car crashes feeling perfectly fine and with no obvious serious injury, just to learn later on that they actually sustained more severe injuries. This is why it’s immensely important to seek medical treatment immediately after any accident.

Additionally, getting prompt medical care serves two crucial purposes:

  1. Ensure that your injuries are diagnosed and treated properly. Any injury, especially more serious injuries, will require the right medical treatment. Injuries such as spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injuries could cause serious complications that can lead to chronic and severe limitations. Also, if you move around, not knowing that you have broken bones because you’ve yet to feel pain due to the adrenaline that flooded your body during the crash, you might unknowingly cause further injury that could lead to more complications. Having your injuries evaluated by doctors right after your car crash will help you secure the prompt medical care you need and increase your chances of seeking fair compensation for your injuries.
  1. Provide official evidence of the extent of your injuries and when they occurred. For your car accident claim to succeed, you’ll need to clearly demonstrate that the liable party’s actions caused the accident and, in turn, your injuries. If you fail to obtain prompt medical treatment after the crash, the defendant’s lawyer or insurance provider may attempt to claim that your injuries were not caused by the crash, so you don’t have a claim against them. On the other hand, immediate medical treatment can serve as evidence that your Tulsa car accident attorney can use to strengthen your claim.

Why Following All Your Doctor’s Instructions is Vital

Once you’ve been discharged from the emergency room or hospital, you will be given specific instructions for treatment and aftercare, so you can manage your injuries at home. With an injured foot, for instance, you may have to avoid using the injured foot and use a crutch or wheelchair. You may also be given specific care instructions. For instance, if you sustained deep lacerations, you will have to clean and change the dressings regularly. Failing to keep your open wounds clean could result in infections that might make your symptoms worse.

Listen to all your doctor’s instructions carefully and follow them. Failing to follow the instructions might complicate your recovery and your claim. In Oklahoma and almost all states, injured parties have a duty to mitigate their damages, which means that they must take reasonable steps to obtain medical treatment and follow the treatment instructions. Otherwise, the injury may persist or become harder or more costly to treat, and a defendant may argue that the injured party failed to do his or her duty to mitigate damages, so the defendant can’t be held responsible for the injury.

Consult with an Experienced Tulsa Car Accident Attorney As Soon As Possible

An experienced car accident lawyer will assess the accident to determine how to go about your claim. Your lawyer will help you understand all your legal rights and options following an accident and figure out how much compensation will suffice for the damages you incurred. If your personal injury claim goes to trial, your lawyer will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation you’re rightfully entitled to. Beyond this, your lawyer will also serve as your advocate when dealing with insurance companies, defendants, and other parties relevant to your claim.

Contact Wandres Law, PC, at 918-641-4044 or schedule your free consultation online with a Tulsa car accident attorney today.

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Woman killed in wreck with semi truck

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Atoka County, OK (October 31, 2020) — A north Texas woman is killed in a wreck in southeast Oklahoma.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Sylvia J. McCoy of Beford, Texas was driving her 2017 Toyota Corolla on U.S. 69 in Atoka County when she was struck by a semi truck.

The semi truck was driven by 49-year-old Darwin T. Clark of St. Louis. He was not injured.

McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Brown’s Funeral Home in Atoka. The cause of the collision is pending investigation.

Collisions in Oklahoma

Each day across Oklahoma, accidents, and negligence cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one have been the victim of a personal injury, it can be very difficult to navigate the legal process on your own.  To compound matters, insurance companies get involved in your case with the sole purpose of paying you the lowest amount of money as legally possible.  These insurance companies have lawyers and will use them to gain every advantage to accomplish this purpose.  The is also a time frame to file a personal injury lawsuit which is why it is convenient to hire Wandres Law, PC.  For a free consultation or to speak with an attorney, send us an email or call us at (918) 641-4044.

Note: Information provided in these posts comes from outside sources.  Details have not been independently confirmed by us.  If you notice any information that in not correct, please contact us as soon as possible so we can correct it.

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Why you absolutely need Uninsured Motorist (“UM”) Coverage

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As we are all well-aware, COVID-19 has caused tidal waves of change throughout the world in countless ways. One of the more unfortunate effects is the historic amount of people who have lost their jobs, or where income streams have otherwise been greatly reduced. All across the country, faced with difficult choices, those financially affected are doing what they can to “tighten the belt”, by eliminating financial obligations wherever they can to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. As a result, we are about to see a national surge of uninsured drivers on the roads.

Before our current financial strain, Oklahoma already lead the nation as the state with one of the highest amount of uninsured drivers per capita, with an estimated 600,000 on the road. In 2018, that represented 20% of all licensed drivers in the state, driving without insurance. It will absolutely increase. While there currently may be fewer cars on the roads, once our economy and lives begin to get back to normal, the vehicle traffic will increase, and so will the amount of drivers without insurance.

That’s why it is vitally important to add Uninsured/Underinsured (“UM”) coverage to your policy right away. In Oklahoma, you generally only have to add it to the policy of one vehicle in your household to protect you and your family members in all of the cars you own and drive. If you or your family is in a car wreck with a driver who either doesn’t have any insurance, or whose insurance policy limits aren’t enough to cover your injuries, you could end up being responsible for the medical bills and any other expenses that stem from the wreck.

Note that UM/UIM coverage different from “full coverage”. As an elective coverage, it is not generally automatically added to an insurance policy. A lot of insurance agents don’t do a great job of explaining this, or they give you a false reason why you don’t need it (such as “you don’t need it if you have health insurance”). Our office has seen countless situations where clients assumed that they had UM coverage because they had such a high amount of liability coverage limits and what they were told was “full coverage”, when they didn’t.

Wandres Law urges you to contact your insurance company or agent to ask whether you have UM coverage for one of your household policies. If not, you should add it, requesting the same amount of UM coverage as your liability coverage limits.  The small cost per year is worth every penny, especially compared to the financial hardship that could occur otherwise.

For more information, ask your agent, and if you don’t feel great about their explanation, feel free to call us – we are happy to help.

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Konawa Woman and Toddler Killed in Crash with Semi Truck

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Richard R. Barron | The Ada News

A 21 year-old Konawa woman and a 2 year-old girl were killed Thursday when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by a semi-truck at the intersection of state Highway 39 and County Road 3520, just outside of Konawa in Seminole County.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a semi-truck, driven by Adam King, 29, of Ellisville, Mississippi, ran a stop sign and collided with a 2011 Hyundai Sonata driven by 21 year-old Mahaley Larney of Konawa.   Mahaley Larney was airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.  She was admitted in stable condition.

The two passengers of the vehicle, 23 year-old Sadie Larney of Konawa and a 2 year-old girl, were killed in the crash.

After hitting that car, OHP says the semi-truck continued across the highway, striking another car – a 2005 Nissan Altima – driven by Donnie Hise II, 40, from Tupelo. He was also airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in stable condition.

The passenger in that car, Joey Sutterfield, 44, from Tupelo was taken to a hospital in Ada, where he was treated and released.

The driver of the semi-truck was also taken to a hospital in Ada, where he was treated and released.

Collisions in Oklahoma

Each day across Oklahoma, accidents, and negligence cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one have been the victim of a personal injury, it can be very difficult to navigate the legal process on your own.  To compound matters, insurance companies get involved in your case with the sole purpose of paying you the lowest amount of money as legally possible.  These insurance companies have lawyers and will use them to gain every advantage to accomplish this purpose.  The is also a time frame to file a personal injury lawsuit which is why it is convenient to hire Wandres Law, PC.  For a free consultation or to speak with an attorney, send us an email or call us at (918) 641-4044.

Note: Information provided in these posts comes from outside sources.  Details have not been independently confirmed by us.  If you notice any information that in not correct, please contact us as soon as possible so we can correct it.

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A “Fender-Bender” Can be Serious

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Rear-end collisions frequently happen at slow speeds, and they get the nickname “fender-benders” due to the relatively minor property damage that sometimes results. However, not all so-called fender-benders are minor crashes, as vehicle occupants can still suffer serious injuries. Do not let common misconceptions about lower speed rear-end accidents prevent you from seeking the medical treatment and compensation you deserve.

Common Injuries

Just because there is not extensive property damage in a rear-end crash does not mean that the impact did not cause injuries. When someone hits the back of your car, you might not know the impact is coming, and it can send a jolt through your body. We have also seen situations where our clients anticipated the collision, tensing up prior to impact, causing injuries. In many cases, the airbag might deploy, or you might even then be sent crashing into the vehicle in front of you. All of this can cause a range of injuries, and the following are common in rear-end crashes.

Whiplash – Whiplash occurs when a sudden jolt of your head – forward and back – stretches the soft tissue in your neck. This can result in strains, sprains, or tears that can be extremely painful. Whiplash injuries can cause a restricted range of motion of your head and pain in your shoulders and arms, as well as in the neck itself. Whiplash should be properly diagnosed and generally requires a course of physical therapy to heal.

Concussion – A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it can be caused by either direct trauma to the head or a jolt of the head that effectively “rattles” your brain. In a rear-end accident, you might hit your head on the steering wheel, the back of your seat, or other interior parts of the car. The impact itself can also jolt you hard enough to result in a concussion. Concussions have a variety of symptoms, such as:

  1. Brief unconsciousness
  2. Headaches
  3. Sleep problems
  4. Fatigue
  5. Confusion
  6. Problems with cognitive processing
  7. Irritability

Often, many people mistake concussion symptoms for “normal” shock or disorientation after an accident. If you are feeling out of the ordinary after a crash, you should always get checked out by a medical professional in case you have a concussion. Concussions often require a period of physical and mental rest while they heal, which means you might need to miss work.

Back injuries – The impact of a rear-end collision can also affect your back and spine. Many people sustain soft tissue injuries or disc injuries that can lead to long-term problems. A healthy back is essential to conducting everyday tasks and movement, and back injuries can keep you out of work while you finish your physical therapy.

Contusions, abrasions, and lacerations – When you are hit from behind, the safety features of your vehicle might actually cause you harm. Seatbelts often dig into a person’s chest or neck, causing serious bruising or lacerations. The deployment of an airbag is forceful, and can cause injuries to your arms, neck, and face. These injuries should not be discounted.

Recovering for Your Losses

Injuries can result in many losses, including medical bills, lost income from missed work, pain and suffering, and more. After a fender-bender, can you recover for these losses? The answer depends on what caused the crash to occur. If another driver caused the accident, you can file a claim with their insurance to seek compensation for your losses.

The rear driver is generally presumed to be at fault in this type of crash. The law requires drivers to follow at a safe distance that will allow them to stop in time to prevent a collision. When a driver cannot stop, they are presumed to have been following too closely. If another factor or driver caused the crash, the rear driver will need to provide proof of that cause.

If you were the front driver – or another driver caused you to hit a car – you should speak to an experienced Tulsa car accident attorney right away.

Contact a Tulsa Car Accident Attorney You Can Trust for Free

The legal team at Wandres Law, P.C., represents clients injured in all types of traffic accidents, including “fender-benders.” If you suffered injuries, you should not hesitate to discuss your rights with our team. Contact us online or call (918) 641-4044 for more information about your options.

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Drunk Driving Accidents Over the Holidays

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As winter approaches, most people have holiday planning in mind. However, law enforcement agencies in the Tulsa area are focused on something else – how to keep people safe with an increased number of drunk drivers on the road. Arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) are highest each year during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and this should be no surprise.

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, with the next five weeks filled with parties and other gatherings. Many people indulge in spiked eggnog, wine, champagne, and many other types of alcoholic drinks as part of their celebrations. Despite convenient options for safe transportation, such as Uber and Lyft, too many people decide to drive home after a night of drinking. This not only puts the driver at risk of a DUI arrest but also puts everyone else on the road in serious danger.

Drunk Driving Crashes

Alcohol can impair driving abilities after only a couple of drinks. Impairment can come in many forms, and intoxication might cause one or more of the following:

  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Reduced focus
  • Impulsive judgment
  • Delayed reaction time

These impairments can lead to erratic and dangerous driving behaviors, which can include swerving, driving too fast or too slow, making a wrong turn, failing to notice traffic slowing or stopping, and much more. These behaviors can lead to different types of crashes, including:

  • Rear-end collisions when a drunk driver fails to stop in time
  • Head-on collisions due to wrong-way driving or departing a lane into oncoming traffic lanes
  • Rollovers due to taking turns too fast or overcorrecting
  • Broadside (or “T-bone”) collisions from running red lights or failing to yield on turns
  • Sideswipes from swerving into neighboring lanes
  • Pedestrian or bicycle accidents

All of these crashes can cause devastating injuries to passengers, as well as motorists in other vehicles.

What To Do After a Drunk Driving Accident

Getting hit by a drunk driver can do more than disrupt your holiday season; these accidents regularly result in severe injuries. If a drunk driver causes a car wreck,, you have the right to hold them liable for your losses. You should take certain steps after the crash to protect those rights whenever possible.

Call 911

Always call 911 after a significant traffic accident and request police, and if necessary, an ambulance. The police can investigate the accident and issue a report, which can help immensely when dealing with the insurance company. This is, of course, especially important when the other driver is intoxicated. Police officers will talk to the drivers involved and determine whether one driver violated the law – including DUI. If officers have probable cause to believe the driver is drunk, they can arrest the driver, who can be charged with DUI. Documenting the other driver’s condition is important for your future claim.

Seek Medical Attention

If emergency medical technicians believe that you need emergency transportation, do not protest. If you do not need an ambulance, you should still head to the ER if you have obvious injuries or are feeling any pain or disorientation. Never write off a headache or stiffness as “normal” after a crash, as these are often common symptoms of a more serious injury. Getting evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible can also make your claim easier, as well as ensure you begin treatment for your injuries right away.

Contact a Tula Car Accident Lawyer

Even though another driver was drunk, it does not necessarily mean that the legal process will be simple. Insurance companies bank on the fact that you won’t think it is necessary to hire a lawyer, but we can;t stress how important it is to have the right legal representation going into the claim process from the start rather than attempting to navigate it on your own, regardless of how cut and dry you think liability is.

If the drunk driver is convicted of DUI, we can use this as direct evidence of the driver’s gross negligence and liability. However, we will still have to fight for the appropriate settlement to which you are entitled depending on your damages, as insurers will always try to minimize what they pay.

Contact a Tulsa Car Accident Attorney Who Can Protect Your Rights

At Wandres Law, PC, our goal is to stand up for the rights and interests of car accident victims injured by no fault of their own. Our Tulsa car accident lawyers believe there is no excuse for impaired driving, and we strive to hold drunk drivers fully responsible for their actions and the losses of injured victims. Call (918) 641-4044 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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Crash between truck, agricultural sprayer leaves Sentinel man dead

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Washita County, OK (October 7, 2019) – The OHP is investigating after the driver of an agricultural sprayer failed to yield at a stop sign and hit a truck, killing the driver.

It happened Monday night on SH 55 and County Road 2160, just east of Sentinel, OK in Washita County.

Officials say the driver of the sprayer failed to yield at the stop sign and drove into the path of 57-year-old Sentinel resident, John King.

King was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the sprayer was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Our condolences go out to Mr. King’s family.

Collisions in Oklahoma

Each day across Oklahoma, accidents, and negligence cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one have been the victim of a personal injury, it can be very difficult to navigate the legal process on your own.  To compound matters, insurance companies get involved in your case with the sole purpose of paying you the lowest amount of money as legally possible.  These insurance companies have lawyers and will use them to gain every advantage to accomplish this purpose.  The is also a time frame to file a personal injury lawsuit which is why it is convenient to hire Wandres Law, PC.  For a free consultation or to speak with an attorney, send us an email or call us at (918) 641-4044.

Note: Information provided in these posts comes from outside sources.  Details have not been independently confirmed by us.  If you notice any information that in not correct, please contact us as soon as possible so we can correct it.

 

Related: What are the most common reasons for truck accidents in Oklahoma?

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Grady Co. volunteer firefighter killed in crash near Fort Cobb

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Caddo County, OK (September 13, 2019) – Grady County Fire Department officials confirm a volunteer firefighter was killed in an off-duty crash near Fort Cobb.

It happened around 1:30 Thursday afternoon.

According to the Grady County Fire Department Facebook page, 21-year-old Acme Firefighter Jeffrey Blaine Alexander of Marlow was killed in the crash.

Courtesy: Grady County Fire Department

According to law enforcement, a semi was traveling eastbound on County Road 1380. Alexander was driving a pickup truck traveling northbound on County Street 2550.

The semi truck failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the pickup. The semi overturned and landed on the passenger side. The pickup rotated and left the road to the right.

Alexander was ejected and pinned under the trailer of the semi.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Apache EMS. The driver of the semi as well as a passenger in the pickup were not injured.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Alexander’s family and the entire Grady County Fire Department.

Collisions in Oklahoma

Each day across Oklahoma, accidents, and negligence cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one have been the victim of a personal injury, it can be very difficult to navigate the legal process on your own.  To compound matters, insurance companies get involved in your case with the sole purpose of paying you the lowest amount of money as legally possible.  These insurance companies have lawyers and will use them to gain every advantage to accomplish this purpose.  The is also a time frame to file a personal injury lawsuit which is why it is convenient to hire Wandres Law, PC.  For a free consultation or to speak with an attorney, send us an email or call us at (918) 641-4044.

Note: Information provided in these posts comes from outside sources. Details have not been independently confirmed by us.  If you notice any information that in not correct, please contact us as soon as possible so we can correct it.

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Stigler Man Dies After Crash with Semi Truck

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Haskell County, OK (August 15, 2019) – A Stigler man dies nearly two weeks after a crash with a tractor-trailer.

55-year-old John David Thompson was driving his Ford pickup when the driver of a tractor-trailer ran the stop sign on Oklahoma 9.

Authorities say 58-year-old Feliciano Rosas was driving a Freightliner when he ran a stop sign and T-boned Thompson’s pickup.  Thompson was pinned in the pickup for almost 20 minutes before being airlifted to St. Francis in Tulsa, where he was admitted in critical condition.  Thompson died August 27.

The two passengers, Steven Ishcomer of Oklahoma City and Virginia Doge of Ada were taken to a McAlester hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Thompson’s family.

Collisions in Oklahoma

Each day across Oklahoma, accidents, and negligence cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one have been the victim of a personal injury, it can be very difficult to navigate the legal process on your own.  To compound matters, insurance companies get involved in your case with the sole purpose of paying you the lowest amount of money as legally possible.  These insurance companies have lawyers and will use them to gain every advantage to accomplish this purpose.  The is also a time frame to file a personal injury lawsuit which is why it is convenient to hire Wandres Law, PC.  For a free consultation or to speak with an attorney, send us an email or call us at (918) 641-4044.

Note: Information provided in these posts comes from outside sources. Details have not been independently confirmed by us.  If you notice any information that in not correct, please contact us as soon as possible so we can correct it.

 

Related Post: What are the most common reasons for truck accidents in Tulsa, Oklahoma?

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Is Texting While Driving Illegal in Tulsa?

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Oklahoma is now the 46th state in the country to prohibit texting while driving. HB 1965 was guided through the legislature and signed off by the governor. It took the death of one Oklahoma State Trooper and serious injuries to another for the state’s legislature to finally prohibit texting while driving on any roadway in the state. As per personal injury lawyer Patrick Wandres in Tulsa, texting while driving is distracted driving, and awareness needs to be promoted about distracted driving.

The New Law

It’s now against Oklahoma law for any driver to use a cellular device on any roadway in Oklahoma when a vehicle is in motion. That includes Tulsa. Just pull over into a parking lot to send or read a text. That will keep other drivers safe while you keep yourself out of trouble.

The Virginia Tech Study

Texting and driving can easily lead to a tragic car crash. A recent study at the Virginia Tech Traffic Safety Institute revealed that when texting and driving, drivers are 23 times more likely to be in a crash than other drivers. It was reported that when a driver is texting and driving for five seconds at 55 mph, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with their eyes closed. The current penalty for texting and driving in Oklahoma is $100 plus court costs.

If you’re searching for an auto accident lawyer involving a texting or otherwise distracted driver anywhere in Oklahoma, contact Patrick Wandres at Wandres Law, P.C. in Tulsa, OK. Just ask to arrange a free consultation and case review. Don’t give any kind of statement to the opposing insurance company. They will only try to use your words against you in the future. Politely refuse to give that statement and contact Wandres Law, P.C. on 918-641-4044. We’ll provide you with the advocacy, experience and support that you need. We don’t even charge any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. There’s no reason not to contact Wandres Law, P.C. after any car accident.

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