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Oklahoma motorcyclist killed on highway in Edmond

A 31-year-old Oklahoma motorcyclist was killed when police say he was struck by a 2013 Mercedes Benz traveling more than 100 miles per hour.

The driver, an Oklahoma City cardiologist, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the crash, which occurred on Interstate 35 in Edmond.

New survey finds one in three teens text while driving

We’ve all seen it, we pull up to a stoplight and the motorist in the next car is on their phone, eyes down, distracted. It’s widely known to be dangerous and yet, it still occurs. In the United States, distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic fatalities and injuries each year. Distractions while driving can be anything that takes your attention from the roadway including cell phone use, eating or adjusting the radio.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the use of electronic devices is the leading cause of distracted driving crashes. The CDC states that texting while driving is especially alarming as it combines the three dangerous factors of distraction: it takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off driving. Sending or reading a text for a full five seconds is equivalent to covering the span of a football field if you’re traveling at 55 MPH.

Oklahoma poultry workers take great risks on the job

As you and your family sit down to enjoy that turkey this holiday season, say a little thanks to the poultry workers who helped to put that bird on your table.

Poultry workers, including those who process turkeys in Oklahoma and elsewhere, are 60 percent more likely than the average American worker to suffer work-related illnesses or injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Amputation is one of the greatest risks they face.

How the roads can influence distracted driving

Distracted driving is an entirely preventable action. It is up to the driver to keep their eyes on the road ahead of them to ensure their own safety and that of any passengers with them.

However, the surrounding circumstances can play a large role in taking the driver’s attention off of the street. Perhaps they catch a glimpse of a unique site or start driving in an area they feel more confident in. If responsible motorists are more aware of these types of environments, they can take more caution when they come across these areas so they can be on the lookout for potentially dangerous drivers.

Oklahoma doctor killed when metal box crashes into her car

An Oklahoma physician was killed recently when a metal box flew off a truck and into her car.

The 31-year-old doctor was traveling on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, four miles west of Newcastle, Oklahoma, just after 6 a.m. when the accident occurred.

Tired driver causes serious crash in Oklahoma

It is always important to remember that a personal injury claim could be made even if there was only one vehicle involved in a crash. How? You'd have to look at who got hurt and who was driving.

For example, if you are driving and a friend gets hurt when you crash, your friend would be able to seek a claim against your insurance. The same is true if you get hurt while in another person's vehicle.

Man denied workers' compensation for post-traumatic stress

In news out of Oklahoma, there is an interesting story about a former cameraman who has been denied workers' compensation despite claiming that he has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The videographer worked for a television station and spent his time covering tragic events throughout the state and elsewhere.

The man, who formerly worked at KOKH Channel 25, was assigned to record scenes that were often too disturbing to be aired, according to the court. Unfortunately, that isn't enough to obtain workers' compensation, claims the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

Deer season: Watch out for deer and dangerous drivers

Personal injuries can happen in a number of ways, but the most common is through a motor vehicle accident. When you're traveling, it's possible to end up in a collision. Even if you're somewhere you're familiar with, there is the risk of hazards on the roads.

One of the hazards to watch out for includes deer. Oklahoma's deer season begins in October and ends in January. During this time, it is common to see deer crossing the street, through fields and even in cities. Many of these animals are spooked by hunters.

The unseen dangers of commuting

Driving to and back from work are rarely seen as highlights of the day. Going to work means leaving the comfort of your bed to engage in an 8-hour work day, and leaving for home can make you impatient since rush hours are minimizing any fun workless hours you have in the day left. These are also some of the times where you could arguably be in the most danger on the road.

Earlier this month, the job site Zippia ranked all 50 states on the safety of their commutes. They deemed Oklahoma to have the third worst commutes in the nation with a fatality rate of nearly 28 deaths per 100,000 drivers. Since you likely have no plans to change your fastest way to work in the near future, you should be aware of common dangers found within daily commutes so you can improve your safety chances.

Employers must allow you to file a workers' compensation claim

Workers' compensation is an important safety net for those who get hurt on the job. It's there to provide a source of income and financial support when you're unable to work due to an on-the-job injury.

To qualify for workers' compensation, employees need to let their employers know that they've been hurt. Once they do that, they can begin the claims process. The trouble begins when an employer does not want the employee to file a workers' compensation claim.

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