Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle in OKC

On January 10, a pedestrian died of personal injuries in Oklahoma City after he was struck by a vehicle, and the driver involved is facing multiple charges after authorities apprehended him, an article of KOCO 5 News reported.

According to reports, authorities were called around 3:30 a.m. to respond to a pedestrian accident at the intersection of South MacArthur Boulevard and West Reno Avenue. Arlee Williamson Jr., 60, was pushing a shopping cart at the time, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 45-year-old Alphaeus Bates. Williamson succumbed to his injuries a little later while being treated at a local hospital. Bates, on the other hand, was apprehended by authorities. Aside from the first-degree manslaughter charge filed against him, other charges were also filed against Bates for failing to secure a valid license and proof of insurance for his vehicle.

The wrongful death attorneys at Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma express their deepest condolences to the family and friends who are grieving the loss of their loved one.


Ed Abel featured in Mid-American Christian University Article

Abel Law Firm senior partner Ed Abel was recently featured in a publication from the Mid-American Christian University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees.

Ed has been through a lot in his 50 years practicing law. The article, which you can read here, outlines his life, hobbies, and challenges.


Thousands of defective portable A/Cs with fire risks recalled in the US

Approximately 466,000 units of possibly defective “portable air conditioners” are being recalled by LG Electronics USA Inc., after being notified that they could catch fire during use, a report on cpsc.gov stated on December 16.

According to reports, at least three different models of the LG products may emit excessive heat and catch fire. Though LG and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have not been informed of injury complaints from the recalled A/Cs, the products have been blamed for four fires that resulted in $380,000 worth of property damage. Consumers were advised to inspect the model number of their unit, located on the left side panel of the unit. LG will address the recall by providing free service repair to affected owners. Owners have been momentarily advised to refrain from using the air conditioners while they wait for the fix.

Aside from property damage, serious injuries could also be a tragic side-effect when families unknowingly use a defective household appliance. If this has happened to you in Oklahoma, an attorney of Abel Law Firm may possibly help you get remunerations you need for recovery. Call us today at (405) 239-7046 to pursue damage claims against negligent parties.


Oklahoma athlete Jimbo Elrod dead after car accident

Former professional football player James “Jimbo” Elrod was pronounced dead after getting into a car accident, a December 12 article of USA Today reported.

Information coming from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol revealed that Elrod, 62, was thrown out from the sunroof of his vehicle after crashing into a guardrail at 3:45 in the afternoon. Initial investigations revealed Elrod was not restrained by a seat belt, and his wife Diana was traveling with him when the crash occurred. Diana was listed in serious condition while being treated at a hospital in Oklahoma City. Football coach Barry Switzer said Elrod’s wrestling background contributed to how great he was in his football career. Aside from playing in the NFL, Elrod played as a defensive end for the All-American team in the 70’s.

The Oklahoma wrongful death attorneys at the Abel Law Firm express their deepest thoughts and condolences to the family and friends who are mourning the loss of their loved one.


Ford to recall vehicles with potentially faulty seat belts

Over 680,000 Ford vehicles are under recall in the United States, Mexico, and Canada due to a seat belt issue that could cause harm to vehicle occupants, a report of USA Today stated on December 2.

Specifically, the Michigan-based manufacturer was notified of two incidents involving the recalled vehicles that resulted in personal injuries. The Ford’s Lincoln MKZ, Mondeo, and Fusion may have seat belts that could break during accidents. Ford confirmed in a statement that the seat belt issue could cause additional injuries during a crash. The seat belts of the vehicles could fail due to cable pretensioners that may deteriorate over time by overheating. Ford dealers will address the issue by reinforcing the insulation of the cables.

Vehicular accidents often result in serious or fatal injuries, leaving many families devastated. However, if you were the victim of an auto defect, working with a skilled legal team is critical. We can help you to recover your financial loss. Discuss your situation with the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma by calling (405) 239-7046 to find out how we can help you recover from your loss.


Oklahoma Highway Safety offer tips for cyclists on the road

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office gave some advice for bicycle riders to keep them safe while sharing the road with other vehicles. Cycling program manager, Samantha Harcrow, offered the following safety tips as she noted vehicle drivers seldom encounter bikers on the road.

  • Bikers should know that vehicle drivers may not see them on sloping road or crossways
  • Make sure to be highly visible when riding bike on the road
  • Learn how to bike defensively
  • Ride a bike in groups to increase visibility
  • Maintain a straight line when biking
  • Avoid using earphones/noise cancellers of any sort

According to Harcrow, the number of bike accidents in the state has been consistent since 1997, noting about four to six bikers are killed in Oklahoma every year. The state of Oklahoma provides facilities and road signs to help keep bikers and pedestrians safe.

Though the above-mentioned advice is helpful to be safe when biking on the road, there are times that bikers suffer from injuries when vehicle drivers become reckless behind the wheel. If this happens to you or to a loved one in Oklahoma, an attorney of the Abel Law Firm may offer you legal assistance to possibly get your compensation needed for recovery. Call us today at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your options.


Toy company to recall Tonka trucks after vehicle fire incident

American toy retail company Toys “R” Us is recalling a certain model of Tonka trucks after being notified of an incident where a vehicle in Washington suddenly caught fire, an article of News Channel 8 reported on November 21.

Reports said on November 18, a couple decided to buy their grandson a battery-operated Tonka dump truck for a Christmas gift. The toy, which was bought at a Toys “R” Us branch, was placed at the back of the couple’s vehicle and caught fire while on their way home. The incident had prompted the retail toy store to immediately remove similar Tonka trucks from their shelves and online postings. In a statement, the company told reports that they were investigating the incident even though it was considered an isolated case. Toys “R” Us is also coordinating with Tonka toy manufacturer, Dynacraft, to figure out the cause of the fire.

The legal team of Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma understand that children are most likely to suffer from serious injuries from defective toys. If this happened to a loved one, we may possibly help you get the compensation you need for their treatment. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your legal options.


7 hurt in Oklahoma drunk driving collision

Seven people in Oklahoma suffered physical injuries in a recent vehicular collision allegedly caused by an intoxicated driver, a November 6 article of The Daily Ardmoreite reported.

Reports revealed that at about 7:00 p.m. on November 4, a wrong-way collision involving two vehicles happened on Interstate 35 in the vicinity of mile marker 51. Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported 35-year-old Mark Pulis was driving his vehicle in the wrong lane when he struck 32-year-old Holly Arriaga’s vehicle head-on. Pulis and Arriaga both suffered injuries from the incident and received treatment. Five passengers inside Arriaga’s vehicle, including four juveniles, were transported to local hospitals due to the injuries they sustained. Responding authorities said the incident was caused by drunk driving.

Incidents such as this one often leave people suffering from a financial burden or leave them permanently disabled. If your injuries were caused by a drunk driver in Oklahoma, the attorneys at the Abel Law Firm can work for you. Find out how we can help you recover from your loss today by calling (405) 239-7046.


Millions of defective Samsung washers recalled in the US

Samsung issued a product recall on about 2.8 million washing machines on November 4, after receiving complaints that they can malfunction and cause injuries to consumers, an article of cpsc.gov reported.

According to reports, at least 34 models of Samsung’s “top-load washing machines” have parts on the upper portion that could suddenly detach during use. If the problem occurs, people who are near the washing machines are at high risk of sustaining personal injuries. Samsung and the Consumer Product Safety Commission received 733 complaints of varying product malfunctions, nine of which resulted in people sustaining injuries to their shoulders and jaws. The recalling company offered three options to owners of the affected washing machines. They can have their money back, have their units replaced, or receive a discount on another Samsung washing machine.

The product recall attorneys at the Abel Law Firm understand many people suffer serious injuries from using defective products. If you were the victim of a recalled product, call us today at (405) 239-7046 to find out how we can help you obtain compensations from negligent manufacturers.


2 injured in Oklahoma crash involving semi-truck

At least two people suffered injuries in a recent semi-truck crash in Oklahoma City that stopped the flow of traffic, an October 27 article of News Channel 4 reported.

According to reports, at about 2:24 a.m. a pickup truck and a semi-truck loaded with bottled water had a collision at the intersection of I-35 and I-40. Responding authorities told reports the collision happened after the pickup drove the wrong way. Rescuers extracted the pickup driver, who was pinned inside the vehicle. The two drivers were brought to the hospital, but information concerning their conditions was unavailable as of reporting. Fire crews were also called after the trailer of the truck caught fire and its fuel continued to leak. Hazardous material crews were necessary for cleaning the fuel spill. In a Twitter post, the state’s Department of Transportation advised motorists travelling through the area to look for alternate routes.

The Oklahoma attorneys at the Abel Law Firm understand that crash victims are left with financial burdens due to expensive treatments. However, if this happens to you, we may be able to offer you legal assistance so you can obtain treatment funds from negligent parties. Call us today at (405) 239-7046 to learn more about your options.


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