If you have been injured in a car accident or automobile accident in Oklahoma City contact The JMH Law Firm today at 405-235-5200. We have free consultation legal professionals that can help you better understand how to move forward with your case. We can help you seek the maximum compensation for your injuries at no cost up front. We work on a contingency basis meaning we do not make a penny until we win your case.
We are often asked a number of important questions each time someone contacts us for a free consultation related to an Oklahoma City car accident. Below find some answers to these frequently asked questions:
How Much is My Car Accident Case Worth?
This is a question we at The JMH Law Firm get almost every single day. The first question people ask is “how much will I get for my car accident?” Unfortunately, it is impossible to answer that question without more details. We encourage you to call us at 405-235-5200 so we can discuss the details of your case. There are a number of factors involved with the compensation recovered. You can be rest assured we will seek the maximum amount in the form of a settlement check for your car accident.
When you contact our law firm we will be able to get specifics to determine medical costs, the loss of income, pain and suffering and potential future expenses. These are all extremely important to analyze before taking the case to court. As experienced Oklahoma City car accident lawyers we know the proper amount to go after for each and every case.
All cases are unique so contact us now so we can start the investigations to help you get the most money for your injuries, pain and suffering, loss of income and medical bills. We can even help you find doctors and medical professionals that will work with you on a lien (loan) basis until we can get the settlement check for your injuries.
Can I get a car rental while my vehicle is getting fixed?
This is probably the most common question asked by those that have been in a car accident and need a form of transportation to and from work. Most of the time, the insurance company of the individual at fault for the accident will cover not only the damages of the vehicle but the cost of the car rental as well. All things being considered, the car rental is paid for from the time the vehicle is damaged until it is fixed to your standards. This means if the body shop or mechanic has to wait two weeks for a part the cost of the car rental is covered.
There are times in which the insurance company will fight the costs of a car rental. That is one of the many reasons you should retain an experienced Oklahoma City car accident lawyer. John Mac Hayes has been in this situation many times and he finds a way to make certain his clients have transportation during this stressful time. There are situations in which your insurance will cover the cost of a vehicle rental. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can look over a vehicle insurance plan to determine if car rental coverage is included.
For those that have not looked deeper into their own vehicle insurance we would suggest you do so today. Even if you are not in a car accident there might be a situation in which you need car rental insurance because your car or truck is getting fixed for a prolonged period of time. If you would like to know more about this type of insurance feel free to reach out to us today at 405-235-5200.
The Five Best Tires to Avoid Car Accidents in 2015/2016
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 10,000 tire-related car accidents and 200 deaths occur in the United States each year, mainly from blowouts. Although improper tire maintenance likely caused many of these accidents, buying the right tires in the first place can help you maximize the safety benefits of regular maintenance.
Strictly speaking, there can be no definitive list of the top five safest tires – different drivers have different needs, different cars have different needs, and even different seasons of the year trigger different needs. Nevertheless, some tires are better than others. Keep in mind that choosing the safest tire might mean you have to settle for less fuel efficiency. You might also have to replace your tires more often – and if you don’t, you will sacrifice the added safety benefits when your tread wears thin.
Narrowing Your Search
To find the tire that is right for you, start with your automobile owner’s manual, which will tell you the exact specifications of the tires you need. These specifications depend largely on the size of your vehicle. Once you know the proper specifications, you can choose the safest tire among the tires that match them. You will also need to consider your driving needs. If you live in a northern latitude, for example, you may have to drive special winter tires during the cold months, and they may become dangerous in hot weather. In contrast, summer tires can be dangerous on cold, wet roads. If you own a 4WD vehicle and often travel off-road, you will need specialty tires for this purpose as well.
The UTQGS Standards
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has established the Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards (UTQGS) to rate all types of tires except snow tires, based on three performance indicators:
- Traction performance: Traction performance measures how well a tire “grips the road” on wet pavement, and is related to stopping distance. AA is the highest rating followed by A, B and C.
- Temperature resistance: Temperature resistance measures how well the tire resists friction-created heat and is related to the frequency of blowouts. This indicator is rated A, B or C.
- Tread wear: Tread wear is a numerical measure, ranging from 0 to over 800, of how fast the tire wears down — the higher the number, the slower the tire wears down. A low tread wear indicator increases your long-term risk of a blowout and can also reduce traction performance.
A tire’s UTQGS rating is affixed to the sidewall of every passenger vehicle tire sold in the U.S.
Five of the Best
Following is a non-exhaustive list of some of the safest tires on the market, based on their UTQGS ratings and individual driving needs:
- BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A – This tire is effective for both on-road and off-road driving. Its major weakness is its “B” temperature resistance rating.
- BF Goodrich g- Force T/A Super Sport: This tire is top-rated for traction and temperature, and its tread wear rating is in the medium to high range.
- Firestone Firehawk LH – The Firestone Firehawk LH is strong in all three UTQGS performance indicators.
- Goodyear EAGLE F1 ASYMMETRIC ALL SEASON: This tire excels in all three performance indicators, and is available in all sizes.
- Michelin PILOT SPORT A/S PLUS: The Michelin PILOT SPORT A/S PLUS is strong in all three performance indicators and comes in all sizes.
Understanding how tire quality is related to road safety and how to judge a tire’s likely safety performance will put you in a position to minimize your risk of a tire-related auto accident, even if you choose to compromise in some areas for the sake of fuel efficiency and tire longevity.
How Long Will It Take to Win My Case?
This is a question that cannot be answered without details on the car or truck accident. It is important to remember that contacting a reliable Oklahoma City car accident lawyer should be done shortly after getting into an accident. The longer you wait to contact John Mac Hayes the more time you are going to be without the proper compensation for your injuries. When searching for the best personal injury or car accident lawyer remember to exhaust your resources before making a final decision.
At The JMH Law Firm we work diligently to make certain you get the maximum amount for your case. We will be aggressive with getting your case in front of a judge and jury if it is necessary. Note that this is not always necessary as insurance companies may want to settle for the amount we demand. Rather than trying to determine how much your case is worth allow some of the best Oklahoma City car accident lawyers to analyze each and every detail.
We cannot guarantee you will get your settlement check in two days or two weeks. What we can guarantee is that we will give every ounce of effort to win your case in an efficient manner. Do not hesitate to call us at any time as we have free consultation lawyers that will be able to help you get answers to many questions you may have.
As one of the most successful Oklahoma City car accident lawyers John Mac Hayes can properly value your case and get you your settlement check quickly. Fighting insurance companies can take time but it will be well worth it in the long run if your check is twice or three times as much as you were offered right after your car accident.
If you have been in an accident with a major truck or 18 wheeler we have a vast amount of experience seeking compensation due to the negligence of truck drivers or freight companies. Call us at 405-235-5200 to speak with some of the best auto accident attorneys in all of Oklahoma.
Wrecker Service Help After an Accident
After a car or truck accident in Oklahoma City one of the first thoughts on most people’s minds is, how is my car going to get towed to the dealership or a body shop? If the vehicle is not properly towed or moved it could cause even more damage which will cost more money down the line. Below you will find a few resources that should be helpful:
- How to Properly Clear the Road After a Car Accident in Oklahoma City
- What are the Requirements to Apply for a Wrecker Service in Oklahoma City?
- Oklahoma Wrecker Service Division Certificate of Insurance – What is Needed?
If you need a reliable wrecker service do not hesitate to contact us as we will be able to get you in touch with a company that will properly get your vehicle to a body shop or the dealership. If your car is totaled we can suggest the correct place in which to take your vehicle to get it properly fixed. There are times in which you will simply have to get a new vehicle. This is where the lawyers and attorneys at The JMH Law Firm can help you receive the maximum amount for the accident.
Texting, Snapchatting or Tweeting While Driving in Oklahoma City
The proliferation of smartphones, especially iPhones and Android phones, has made lives much easier. That said, they have also caused major problems when it comes to driver inattention. Younger drivers are especially prone to opening their phone and looking at Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr or Twitter while they are driving. Some feel as if they are driving at a slow speed or have the ability to multi task but this should not be the mindset.
Any type of inattention while driving drastically increases the potentially for an accident or crash. If your teenager or college student has been know to Snapchat or text while driving please educate them on the potential for disaster. There are a number of campaigns in Oklahoma and throughout the United States to try and stop texting while driving. The concern is not only texting; it is any type of communication through a smartphone in which notifications are used.
Teenagers and Millennials Using Snapchat While Driving
We know that a learner’s permit can be obtained at at 15 and 1/2 years old but teenagers can start practice driving at age 15. At age 16 teenagers are eligible for an intermediate driver’s license. At this age, many students are using Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook. Social media is the way in which many of these younger drivers communicate. Unfortunately, a large number of Oklahoma teenage drivers will not put down their iPhone or Android phone when they are behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle.
Snapchat is especially dangerous because the user knows they have to give their undivided attention to the app because the photo or video will disappear in 10 seconds or less. Instead of focusing on the road or the driving conditions some teenagers and millennials will divert their attention to their iPhone or Android. It is important to teach your children that no text or snap is more important than driving. Too often we hear of major car accidents after a driver was texting and driving or using social media and driving.
Most national campaigns are against texting and driving but more and more students are Snapchatting and driving. We strongly encourage parents, grandparents and guardians to make certain a young driver learning to drive is not distracted by their smartphone at any time. You can adjust their behavior very early on my leading by example. Never use your iPhone or Android smartphone while driving. When your teenager or college student sees you giving your full attention to the road they will likely do the same.
Current Traffic and Car Accidents in Oklahoma City
October 5th, 2015
- Vehicle on fire in Oklahoma on Hefner Rd at N Western Ave
- Accident in Oklahoma City on Ross Ave at NW 16th St
- Accident in Oklahoma City on Hudson Ave at NW 13th St
- Accident cleared in Oklahoma City on Walker Ave at SW 53rd St
- Accident cleared in Oklahoma City on I-35 SB south of Wilshire Blvd
- Accident in The Village on Stratford Dr north of W Hefner Rd
- Accident on Hudson Ave at NW 10
- Accident cleared in Oklahoma on S Eastern Ave at SE 44th St
- Accident in Oklahoma City on Walker Ave at SW 53rd St
- Accident in Oklahoma on S Eastern Ave at SE 44th St
- Road Closing At N Bryan Ave & E Highland St
- Multi-vehicle accident, in Oklahoma City on I-35 SB south of Wilshire Blvd, slow traffic back to Britton Rd, delay of 1 min