GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CHRIS HAMMONS
CHRIS HAMMONS QUOTES
About work: “This is America. If you get up and work hard, you can do anything. I have taken that stance my whole life because I came from nothing. If I can make it, anyone can. Get up, go to work and try.”
Positive attributes of Millennials: “Millennials are intellectual, have great ideas, free spirits, forgiving, and inclusive. They’re probably what we need to be, socially speaking — more forgiving, less social strife. There are many pros to the younger generation, in my opinion.”
Negative attributes of Millennials: “A little misguided, all over the place, and scattered. Maybe a little less hardworking, wake up at 10 or 11 a.m. and have a great idea.”
About preparing for Survivor: “I was very hopeful I’d make it. I amped up my weight training, trying to get in the best shape I can be in. I watched almost every season again to see if there were any repeated challenges to get tips from that and paid attention.”
CHRIS IN THE NEWS
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Trucking accidents in Oklahoma are often the most complex and challenging personal injury cases a law firm could handle. From narrowing down the cause of the truck accident to locating and proving who was at fault for the trucking wreck, it can take thousands of man-hours to build a strong case in defense of individuals who have been wronged.
This article isn’t intended to illustrate the hopelessness of being involved in a truck accident, but rather the necessity that you entrust the responsibility of your lawsuit with a law firm that can handle the challenges that lay ahead. At Laird Hammons Laird, we understand the ins and outs of complicated trucking accident cases. Our goal is to help you understand why it’s important for you to find the best advocate for you or your loved ones.
Navigating Multiple Insurance Companies Can be Complex
When a truck accident occurs, the phone starts ringing in more insurance companies than you’d likely expect. Your insurance company will likely be called as well as the owner of the truck. The complication arises when the insurance providers of the tractor and trailer policyholders get involved, along with the owner of the cargo that was on board the trailer.
Along with the complex web of insurance companies come their teams of corporate attorneys who will fight tooth and nail to protect their own business interests over justice for individuals. The lawyers and insurance companies are both there to serve the large corporations that are paying them, and you’ll soon find yourself at a major disadvantage. The injustice is that you or your family have also suffered the physical injury from the accident, so you need a strong advocate in your corner, fighting for justice so you can focus on getting better.
Truck Accident Injuries Can be Far More Severe than Normal Accidents
Speaking of injuries, truck accidents have a higher likelihood of fatalities and catastrophic injury than almost any other kind of vehicle accident. You or a loved one could be stricken with a wide variety of injuries that are both painful and life-changing.
The average semi-truck with cargo weighs over 40 tons, which is the equivalent of two and a half African elephants driving down the road at over 60 miles per hour. That’s enough power and speed to cause pain and suffering that can last the rest of your life. At Laird Hammons Laird, we can calculate the amount you’re owed for the months- to years-worth of mental and physical pain, and be a champion for your welfare in the courtroom.
Discovering Evidence for Litigation Can be a Major Challenge
As with any accident involving one smaller party (you) and multiple large businesses and corporations, the challenge of facing them on your own can seem daunting. Following an accident, you can bet that these companies already have a team on the scene gathering evidence against you. Not only that, but some trucking companies are more than happy to let some evidence simply disappear, which is legally referred to as spoliation.
Hiring an expert legal team as soon as possible is your best defense in a truck accident. The faster we can get on site and collect our own evidence to earn you justice, the better. We can also prevent that precious evidence in the other party’s possession from being lost or destroyed.
There are many challenging aspects to collecting evidence from a truck accident. Some trucking companies even coerce employees to falsify their logs, showing a different amount of time driven without rest than what actually occurred. On top of that, when equipment is to blame for the collision, tracking down the parts manufacturers and other responsible parties can be a major undertaking.
Witness testimony can also be a complicated road to traverse. In particular, witnesses to truck accidents pass the scene quickly, since they are traveling down the rural highway at the same time the accident occurs.
Large national trucking companies generally have much deeper pockets at their disposal than the average person. These extensive financial resources can give them a major advantage over you in the event of an accident. You need a law firm that has the resources to fight back, as they may need to hire multiple technical experts and investigators to support your claim. They also need to counter the trucking company’s investment in their own defense.
If you or a close family member has been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or large commercial vehicle, finding justice can seem impossible. We’re here to help you navigate the challenging days and months ahead and achieve justice for you and your family. Read more about the next steps to take following a truck accident, and contact us today for free consultation and an expert lawyer and advocate to handle your case.
You never dream of being in that situation. The sudden impact, the violent and abrupt interruption to a normal day driving on the road. When you’re involved in an auto accident, it can turn your entire life upside down and seem daunting and scary to deal with. The reality of the danger we face every day while driving never arrives when we’re expecting it.
Any injuries that occur during the accident instantly mix with the physical damage to your vehicle. Oklahomans are forced to rely upon a personal mode of transportation to live their lives in this state, and losing that can cause even more stress and hardship in your life.
Dealing with insurance can be another huge pain after an accident. You’ll have to make a tough decision: Do you want to handle the insurance company and settle the claim on your own? If the accident is minor and no one got hurt, this is often a no-brainer. These accidents are routine, and you can definitely manage it on your own in most cases.
But, what if the accident caused physical and emotional pain along with damage to property? Not only are you at less than 100 percent to deal with the insurance companies, but the stakes become much larger when it comes to compensation for your pain and suffering. This is when you need to strongly consider contacting a law office to ensure you get justice. We’ll break down just a few of the reasons why a lawyer can be beneficial following an auto accident.
Lawyers Will Help Obtain Important Evidence
When it comes to evidence gathering, you’ll want a trusted attorney on your side. A lawyer will often recruit investigators to collect evidence from the accident as well as talk to potential witnesses and emergency personnel who were present during the accident. This is to gather the first kind of evidence: liability evidence.
Liability evidence is important to prove fault for the accident, and a good lawyer will leave no stone unturned when working through this kind of evidence. Even the smallest details could be important to your case.
The next phase of this stage is for your lawyer to obtain evidence of damages. Contacting a lawyer quickly after a large-scale accident is vastly important, as well as documenting your injuries. The process of obtaining official documents from doctors and specialists can be extremely difficult and time-consuming, many times involving multiple requests and constant diligence of the attorney on the case. Often times, a special note of opinion from the doctors will need to be obtained as well.
Evidence of damages are integral to the success and settlement amount for your case, so you’ll need to trust in a lawyer who will go the extra mile to prove the damages of the case, as well as the liability.
Lawyers Will Handle the Case on Your Behalf
Once you get on board with a qualified, professional car accident attorney you trust, much of your work is over. They will be your champion and advocate in and out of the courtroom with the other involved party from the accident as well as their insurance company. It’s incredibly important to maintain close contact with the insurance adjusters and your lawyer will maintain those lines of communication on your behalf to keep the process moving forward.
Additionally, in many cases, there are other lien holders involved. These parties often try to get their hands on as much money as possible from any damages you incur after litigation. A lawyer will negotiate with these lien holding parties to reduce their lien. This creates larger net settlement earnings for you and your family.
All of this gets wrapped into a settlement demand letter. From there, the path to settling the case or going to court is completely taken care of by your attorney. Peace of mind about your litigation is just one small comfort you can count on after a bad accident. Having a lawyer out there fighting for your justice on a daily basis gives you time to heal both mentally and physically and get on with getting back to normal life.
If you’ve been in an accident in Oklahoma that you feel might benefit from legal counsel, Laird Hammons Laird is here to talk. Contact us today for free legal consultation, and meet with our team who is always ready to fight for justice on your behalf.
While Oklahoma City isn’t among the most dangerous cities for driving, anyone who’s spent time here knows getting to your destination isn’t always a piece of cake. On-ramps and off-ramps don’t always flow well, and popular areas cause traffic to jam.
Three of the country’s major highways–running both east-to-west and north-to-south, converge in OKC, bringing commuters into the same path as travelers from across the country and thousands of semi-trucks hauling freight. More than 140,000 Oklahomans commute for work in and out of Oklahoma County each day.
Using the information from 14 years of fatal vehicle crashes gathered from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), we’ve discovered these six stretches of road are the most dangerous highways in and around Oklahoma City. These are areas where you’ll want to make sure your mirrors are adjusted, the radio is not a distraction, and all passengers are securely buckled into their seats.
6. I-35 and Kilpatrick Turnpike (7 Fatal Accidents)
The Kilpatrick Turnpike creates the northwest section of the loop around OKC. At the west end, you’ll find I-40. However, the problem stretch of road is on the east end of the turnpike.
After running along the same stretch of land as Memorial Road in Edmond, the Kilpatrick Turnpike collides with I-35 in an area where many driving decisions are being made. Within a short distance from this junction, the Turner Turnpike and I-44 branch off toward Tulsa while I-35 continues north into Kansas.
Whether you are headed there for some of the popular communities along the Turnpike–Edmond, Piedmont, Deer Creek, Bethany, or Yukon–or you are just trying to avoid the inner-city traffic, when you come to this junction, make sure you’ve got your eyes on the road and the other cars with which you’re sharing it.
5. Lake Hefner Parkway and I-44 (8 Fatal Accidents)
You may mistake the lines on the map for a pile of spaghetti noodles when you look at this junction on a map. On this stretch of road, I-44 turns back south, splitting from Route 66 before it merges into one roadway with Lake Hefner Parkway.
If you travel through this intersection regularly, you know it is full of people going in different directions and not allowing adequate time for lane changes. No matter which direction you are headed, this can be a tricky interchange and one where–even if you are familiar with it–you’ll want to pay attention to the signs.
4. I-40 and I-235 (16 Fatal Accidents)
Cutting through the middle of downtown OKC and providing easy access for commuters coming from I-35 North, South OKC, and eastern Edmond, you’ll find I-235. Although, if you’re driving from the east or west sides of Oklahoma City, you’ll likely be on I-40, which cuts right through the heart of the city.
Whether you’re headed downtown for an OKC Thunder game or just driving to work, this highway intersection is one to approach with caution. People who visit Oklahoma City aren’t used to the junction and add to the confusion. It only takes seconds to wind up with a damaged car or worse. Be prepared to stop in heavy traffic, move cautiously between lanes when you’re changing directions, and anticipate your fellow drivers’ possible actions to avoid needing our services.
3. I-240 and I-35 (17 Fatal Accidents)
One of the most popular routes for commuters in Oklahoma City passes through this junction. The communities south of Oklahoma City, especially Moore and Norman, house more than 50,000 people who work in Oklahoma City.
Not only do you have to watch for commuters, but this is one of the routes traveled most often by large freight trucks, which can cause the deadliest kinds of collisions.
At this junction, there is little time for the oncoming cars to get out of the way of the cars trying to exit. Both slight hesitation and jumping the gun can get you into a serious accident, as it must be done at higher level speeds to avoid being smashed by oncoming traffic.
2. I-44 Between Lake Hefner Parkway and I-235 (24 Fatal Accidents)
Running through the northeast side of Oklahoma City, I-44 is a popular route to get to the Western Avenue District, Classen Curve, Penn Square Mall, and many office complexes. Unlike most highways in Oklahoma City, there are multiple left-exit off-ramps along this stretch of road.
In addition to commuter traffic, this area gets busy on weekends and holidays as people fill their leisure time at the businesses in these popular areas. Another aspect of traffic to consider in this area is the large trucks. The heaviest truck traffic in OKC is on I-44 between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
1. I-240 Between I-44 and I-35 (30 Fatal Accidents)
If you loop around the south side of Oklahoma City on I-240, it pays to be especially careful. The most dangerous stretch of road in Oklahoma City is I-240 between I-44 and I-35. It seems this area is constantly under construction and it’s the main thoroughfare through the southern part of Oklahoma City.
This popular route helps commuters get from the southern side of the city to the west side of Oklahoma City while avoiding downtown traffic. You’ll find busy neighborhoods, popular restaurants, and thriving businesses along this route.
Be vigilant while driving through this area, staying aware of the road and drivers around you. Protect yourself and the ones you love by being prepared to slow down quickly and avoid reckless drivers.
We’re in Your Corner Following a Car Accident
In Oklahoma, we’re proud to be the center of America’s Heartland. While living in Oklahoma City, we learn to be passionate about being friendly, college sports, and taking care of our neighbors when disaster strikes.
In OKC, disasters often come from nature like the drought-induced wildfires or one of tornado alley’s monster F5 tornadoes, but these threats don’t make OKC residents immune to fatal vehicle crashes. When you’ve been affected by a serious car or truck crash, call us to help you get back on track. We’ve got the courtroom experience and we know what it means to be an Oklahoman.
On Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and March 25th, we will be holding a focus group at the Hospitality House and Training Center near Hugo, Oklahoma. The the following groups will be available:
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