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Organization encouraging tougher seat belt laws in Oklahoma

AAA Oklahoma is among the groups that want state legislators to change state law regarding seat belt usage by children.

Under current Oklahoma law, the state doesn't require youngsters between ages 8 and 14 to wear seat belts in the backseat of a car. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reports that Oklahoma is the only state to allow that.

Teen drivers: Avoidable and unavoidable risks

Though they probably tire of hearing about it, teen drivers do create more risks on the highway than older drivers. They are one of the highest-risk age groups, crashing more frequently than drivers of any other age.

If this is surprising, it may not be when you start to consider the risk factors. Some of them are avoidable, but others are not. This means teens face inherent risks that there is really no way around under the current system.

What can you expect from the claims process after an accident?

Are you the victim of an accident caused by another person? Are you suffering because of the negligent or reckless actions of someone else? If so, you may have grounds to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. You may know that you have the right to seek legal recourse, but where should you start with this process?

The personal injury claims process is not always easy to navigate. It's normal to feel confused and overwhelmed by your situation, unsure of where to turn or what to do next. If you believe that it may be appropriate for you to initiate the civil claims process, it can help to learn more about what to expect and how to move forward from this point.

What will your return to work be like after a job-related injury?

Returning to work after an on-the-job accident is not always easy. After your work injury and your recovery, you may hope that you can get back to work and that your life will return to normal. In order to accomplish this, you may need extra support and help.

Some work-related injuries are relatively simple, requiring only a few days off work and basic medical care. You may need more than that, however. If your injuries were serious enough, returning to the same job you had before your accident may be impossible. Thankfully, you may be able to get additional types of help through your employer's workers' compensation insurance. The specific types of benefits you can get depend on your needs and the types of injuries you suffered. 

How to drive safely in dense fog

Dense fog has the potential to blanket areas in Oklahoma without much notice. In a perfect world, you'd be able to stay off the road in foggy conditions. However, if you have somewhere to be, such as work or school, you have no choice but to get behind the wheel.

Here are three tips to help you drive safely in dense fog:

  • Slow down: This is imperative to your safety, regardless of what the speed limit is. The faster you're driving, the more difficult it is to stop in an emergency.
  • Use your headlights: Even if it's the middle of the day, using your headlights in foggy conditions improves your visibility of the road, while also making it easier for other drivers to see you. However, avoid using your high beams, as the fog will reflect the light back into your eyes.
  • Leave a greater following distance: This goes along with watching your speed, as driving too closely behind the vehicle in front of you increases the risk of a rear-end collision. With limited visibility, increased following distance is a must.

Do not turn your wheels before turning left

When you are driving and need to turn left, how do you do it? If you're like most drivers, you probably pull up to the intersection and stop, with your wheels already turned to the left. You watch the oncoming cars. When you find a break in the traffic, you accelerate through the gap and continue on down the road.

It sounds simple enough, but there's a major flaw here. While waiting to turn left, you never want to turn your wheels in advance. Instead, keep your wheels facing straight as if you were not turning. When you find the gap in traffic, then turn your steering wheel as you accelerate.

Common areas for slips and falls at school

Now that the school year is here, many Oklahoma parents won’t be able to supervise their children as they head back to class. They entrust the safety of their kids to the teachers and any other staff member that looks after the students on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, there are still plenty of hazards at school that could put your child in danger. Like most jobs or facilities, falling is one of the most common injuries for students. According to the CDC, emergency rooms throughout the U.S. treat around 8,000 children for fall-related injuries every day. One way parents could avoid their kid becoming one of those 8,000 children is by warning them about frequent places where other students fall down around the school.

Why do playground accidents happen?

It's back to school season! It's great if you've made it through the past few summer months without your child getting hurt. You're not completely in the clear though. When your child heads out to recess during their school day, you likely won't be there keeping a close eye on them. Their teacher will be watching as many as two dozen children. It's no wonder playground accidents occur here in Oklahoma.

Data compiled by Safe Kids Worldwide (SKW) shows that playground injuries are the leading reason children age five to 14 get hurt. At least one-half of those incidents involve kids between the ages of five and nine. Female children are slightly more likely to become involved in a playground injury than males.

How is a traumatic brain injury diagnosed after a crash?

When you're in a serious collision, you may hit your head on a window, the steering wheel or debris. You might not hit anything directly but still suffer a jarring impact from whipping your head from side to side or forward and back.

In any case, these impacts can hurt your brain. You may have injuries from the brain's impact against your skull, from a direct impact or even from an item impaling your skull.

Vehicle accidents: Fractures are more complex than you may think

Breaking one or more bones is one of the most common injuries suffered in Oklahoma motor vehicle accidents. Despite the pain and the downtime victims experience after fractures, most of them believe it is a simple matter to recover from such injuries. However, some bone fractures are much more complicated and require a long time to heal properly.

The normally sturdy bones of the human skeleton cannot withstand the force involved in most motor vehicle accidents. As a result, they may break when such force is applied. There are many different types of fractures, some of them relatively simple and others very complex. See below for two examples of complex bone fractures.

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