As you can see from our website, the attorneys at the Cottrell Law Office are highly committed to educating their clients and the residents of Oklahoma.

We offer a comprehensive electronic library of special articles that answer some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury, social security disability, workers’ compensation, and other legal issues.  

We also update our blog regularly in order to provide updates on the ever-changing laws in this field.  Finally, our resource pages are always a valuable source of information on the local courts.

Essentially, it is our desire that Oklahoma residents stay informed. Below, you will find interesting information relating to car accidents in Miami, Oklahoma.

Serving Our Neighbors in Miami, Oklahoma

One thing that even very experienced drivers overlook is the fact that anyone can be a victim of a car accident and they are not always caused by the negligence of other drivers. Many accidents are the result of roadway hazards. If you happen to be one of the unfortunate Miami citizens who is injured in an accident, our Miami, Oklahoma car accident attorney is ready to help you.

The Number of Fatal Accidents Continues to Rise

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 37,461 people who died in crashes on roadways in our country during 2016. That is an increase from 35,485 in 2015. Although the increase is somewhat lower (2.8 percent slower increase than the previous year) the number of fatal accidents in the United States continues to rise each year.

Roadways and Traffic in Miami, Oklahoma

When you think of Miami, Oklahoma, you may think of Route 66 and the historic “Ribbon Road.” Route 66 runs straight through the middle of Miami and is one of the most beloved highways in the United States.

Oklahoma is seen as the birthplace of this historic road and is home to the most mileage of Route 66 – 2,400 miles. Miami has a lot to brag about as well. With the longest Main Street section of the entire route and serves as the Gateway into the state.

Miami is also known for the so-called “Ribbon Road,” a nine-foot-wide stretch of roadway that is designated as an Oklahoma National Historic Landmark.  

According to local legend, when the Ribbon Road was built the state’s budget was very limited so they could only make it nine feet in width in order to be able to pave the entire length of the road. This historic and unique roadway winds its way along 13 miles between Miami and Afton.

When do you need a Miami car accident attorney?

For most people, the trauma of the personal injuries you suffered is likely something you want to move beyond as soon as you possibly can.  

Your injuries and property damage create a stressful disruption to your life that most people want to resolve quickly.  

The length of time it may take to resolve your car accident claims will depend on many different factors.

Although your Miami car accident attorney can never guarantee a successful resolution, nor can they predict how long it will take, being familiar with the factors that affect resolution, can make it easier to get through.

Causes of car accidents in Miami

Unfortunately, the worst threat you face on the roadway is other drivers. Their negligence accounts for more accidents and more deaths than anything else.

The problem is, there are so many different ways that others can drive negligently, and all of those ways are extremely dangerous.

Just a few common examples of driver negligence that lead to auto accidents include driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, driving while drowsy or fatigued, speeding, and distracted driving, including texting and eating.

Distracted driving accidents in Miami

Distracted driving is becoming a major concern for highway safety. As the use of cell phones has increased, so has the number of auto accidents involving distracted drivers. In 2016, more than 3,450 people were killed as a result of distracted drivers. Although the campaign to stop texting and driving is in full swing, cell phone use is not the only form of distracted driving.

All actions that serve to divert a driver’s attention from the principal task of driving is considered a distraction and will ultimately endanger the driver, passengers, and others on the roadway.

Distractions also include everyday tasks that many of us engage in all the time, such as eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, using a GPS, and adjusting the radio or other electronics.

What Can the Cottrell Law Office do for you?

A car accident attorney at the Cottrell Law Office will get you the results you deserve.

As our case results reflect, we have obtained verdicts or settlements in car accident cases ranging from 100,000 to more than 300,000 in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.  We handle more than car accidents, though.  

We also handle accidents involving commercial trucks, motorcycles, defective vehicles, pedestrian collisions, and other types of accident cases.

With more than 29 years of experience, we are dedicated to putting that experience to work to provide you with top-quality service and zealous legal representation.

Be careful what you do following a car accident

If you have been involved in a car accident, contacting a car accident lawyer in Miami as soon as possible is important in order to obtain the compensation you deserve.  

When the time comes to file your claim, there are several common mistakes that you need to avoid.  The Cottrell Law Office is here to help you avoid those mistakes.

If you have questions regarding car accidents or any other personal injury matters in Arkansas or Missouri, please contact the Cottrell Law Office for a free consultation. You can contact us either online or by calling us toll-free at (888) 433-4861.