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What are the best safety features to have?

Vehicles today have a wide array of available safety features. Some of them come standard while others are add-ons. Some are just nice to have while others really can save your life. It is not always easy to know which ones you should get on your vehicle because car makers want you to get them all so they can make extra money on the sale. However, there is some new technology that you really should consider getting when you are buying a vehicle in Oklahoma.

USA Today explains that one of the best new technological features in vehicle safety is forward collision warning systems. These systems let you know if you are about to hit something in front of you. They can cut down on head-on collisions through alerting you to react before an impact occurs. They are not only nice to avoid rear ending other vehicles but they can also help you dodge distracted drivers who cross the center line.

What are the requirements to get a CDL?

Driving a large truck is much different than driving a passenger vehicle. Because of this, you cannot use your Oklahoma driver's license to legally drive a truck. You have to get a commercial driver's license. This shows you have the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and properly drive a larger vehicle. You can also get various endorsements that allow you to drive vehicles that transport passengers or carry hazardous materials, for example.

To get your CDL, the Department of Public Safety explains you must first hold a regular driver's license. Then, you need to study the CDL manual to prepare for the test. You also will need to decide which type of CDL you need. There are three classes: A, B and C. Each class gives you permission to drive a vehicle based on weight and other factors. You should choose the one that best fits your needs.

What could you do if your claim were denied?

One of the most frustrating things you could have happen to you after a traumatic auto accident is for your insurance company to deny your claim. Luckily, insurance denial letters are often not the end of the road when it comes to car crash compensation in Oklahoma. 

It is conceivable that your insurance provider could have misapprehended the details of your claim, perhaps due to an internal error. One way you could determine if this is a possibility is by reviewing all of the materials you submitted alongside the communications you received from the insurance company in regards to your denial. If there is a discrepancy in even the smallest detail between these two sets of documents, then you might be able to instigate an investigation in your behalf within the company.

How can you prove another driver is liable for your car accident?

Oklahoma readers know a car accident can change their lives instantly, leaving them to deal with serious injuries, expensive medical bills and other consequences. If you are the victim of an accident that was not your fault, you may know you could have grounds to pursue financial compensation. One of the most important steps in securing financial compensation is proving the other party is liable for your suffering.

Proving fault in a personal injury claim is not always easy. You may find it beneficial to seek guidance from the very beginning of this process in order to give yourself an increased chance of success with your case. As a victim, you have the right to seek legal recourse in order to compensate you for your financial losses and suffering.

What is auto-brewery syndrome?

Everyone knows that drinking and driving is wrong. If you get into an accident and the other driver is intoxicated, that person will face stiffer penalties. However, there is an issue that could make someone seem as if they are drunk even if they are not. It is called auto-brewery syndrome, which NPR explains is when the body produces alcohol in the stomach.

There is not a lot of study or information about this condition. In fact, it is incredibly rare and not likely a good defense if someone wants to use it as a claim for drunk driving. There is not enough known about why it happens or how it happens.

What is parent-taught driver's education?

Before a teen gets his or her driver's license they have to take a driver's education course. These courses help to teach teens essential skills they will need to know to operate a motor vehicle safely. Usually, you would take your child to a driver's education school, but in Oklahoma, you have the option of parent-taught driver's education, which according to the Department of Public Safety is a correspondence course.

To begin the process, you have to get the Parent Taught Drivers Education Packet. This provides you with the information you need to get the course and to get approved to go this route in teaching your child. Once you are approved, you get the study material from an approved provider to teach your child.

Where are a truck's blind spots?

You share the road every day with large trucks in Oklahoma. Large trucks are often involved in accidents with horrific outcomes. However, many of these accidents are caused by other drivers who do not respect the limitations of the trucks. They do not drive like your vehicle. They are heavier and larger. Due to their size, they are incredibly dangerous because they cannot stop as quickly and they have large blind spots where they cannot see around their vehicle. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explains that you can be safer around trucks if you just understand the blind spots.

To begin with, trucks have blind spots all on sides of the vehicle. In addition, the blind spots are large. This is much different from smaller vehicles that usually only have a few small blind spots. They expand many feet from each side of the truck. The blind spot areas are called No Zones. It is essential to not travel in these No Zones if you want to avoid an accident.

Speeding is dangerous driving, and you can fight back

Oklahoma readers know there are various things that can increase the chance of involvement in a car accident. When other drivers act negligently or recklessly, it can cause significant financial harm to other innocent motorists. One of the most common ways people drive dangerously is by speeding.

Driving over the speed limit, especially at excessive levels, can make it more likely for an accident to happen, yet many drivers still choose to engage in this dangerous behavior. If you believe that speed played a role in the accident that left you injured, you may have options for holding liable parties accountable and seeking appropriate compensation.

How is fault determined in a car accident?

Knowing who is at fault in a car accident is an essential part of the investigation. Oklahoma is a fault state where knowing who is responsible for an accident is key. It helps determine who is responsible for the damage from the accident. Both law enforcement and the insurance companies want to know who caused this to happen so appropriate steps can be taken. 

According to Esurance, fault for a car accident is determined in a few different ways. Often, law enforcement will reconstruct the accident. This is done using evidence collected at the scene and from witnesses. If there are cameras in the area, they are used to help determine what happened. Sometimes, it is obvious from the wreckage how the accident occurred and who caused it so no reconstruction is needed. Law enforcement may also get a confession from one of the people involved that he or she was at fault. 

Stopping a reckless driver without risking your life

If you own a vehicle in Oklahoma, chances are you enjoy the freedom and flexibility of being able to get to where you are going independently. You are vigilant in following the rules of the road and driving responsibly to protect yourself, your passengers and other motorists. However, that does not mean that driving is a risk-free activity. At Greg Denney Law, we are familiar with the dangers that people face every day when they get behind the wheel. 

If you have been driving for some time, chances are you have encountered a reckless driver at some point or another. Often, people who choose to drive recklessly may be participating in dangerous behaviors such as tailgating, carelessly changing lanes or speeding. According to Consumer Reports, it can be challenging sometimes to decide whether or not to call 911 to report a reckless driver. Understanding when this decision is appropriate is important so you can prevent an accident without risking your life. 

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