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Teen dead after Grant County ATV accident

A teenager was recently killed in an accident involving two All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), an October 18 article of News Channel 4 reported.

According to official reports, the accident occurred when 15-year-old Colton Schneider, a student at Edmund North High School, was riding an ATV together with another passenger in Grant County early Saturday morning on October 17. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol revealed that the ATV driver swerved to avoid a second ATV that was stalled in the road. The sudden swerve caused the ATV to roll over, throwing Colton from the recreational vehicle.

State authorities have not released any identifying information of the other individuals involved in the incident, nor have their conditions or injury reports been made public.

The Schneider family is asking for donations through an online fund raising website under Colton’s name to be used for memorial services and other costs related to the accident.

Parents file suit over teens’ injuries in grain elevator

The parents of two teenage boys who were seriously injured while working for Zaloudek Grain Co. in Kremlin, Oklahoma have filed lawsuits against the boys’ employer. The business’s shareholders and executives are also named as defendants in the suits. The families are seeking damages of more than $75,000.

In August, the two teens were injured while operating a grain auger for Zaloudek. One of the boys’ legs became stuck in the machine, and the other boy became stuck, too, when he tried to help his friend. Paramedics flew the teenagers to a hospital in Oklahoma City, where they both needed to have a leg amputated.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of negligent training and supervision, failure to provide workers’ compensation insurance, and assigning the 17-year-olds to perform work that violated labor laws at both the state and federal law levels.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of another person’s negligent behavior or actions, contact the Oklahoma personal injury attorneys of the Abel Law Firm at 405-239-7046 to learn more about how we can help you.

MLK Day parade in Tulsa attracts big turnout

Warm weather in Oklahoma yesterday made this year’s Martin Luther King Day parade in Tulsa bigger than usual.  Temperatures stayed in the low 70’s, attracting one of the largest crowds the parade has ever seen.

More than 200 groups and organizations signed up to be in the parade, which travels along a 1-mile route in downtown Tulsa, starting at the Oklahoma State University Tulsa campus.  The parade featured floats, marching bands, and other performers, and lasted for 2 and a half hours.

The parade’s path this year was shorter than usual in order for police to be able to keep an eye on participants and minimize fighting.  Only one fight broke out yesterday, but no arrests were made.

The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers of the Abel Law Firm are proud to support the community in successful events like yesterday’s Martin Luther King Day parade in Tulsa.  Read more about the parade here.

Man Killed in Oklahoma Motorcycle Accident

A man was killed in an Oklahoma motorcycle accident Tuesday.

According to officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 59 year-old Allic Carlos Lack was killed in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 35, northeast of Wynnewood in Garvin County. The accident occurred shortly before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the accident report, Lack was riding a motorcycle south on Interstate 35 when he lost control of his bike and crashed on the shoulder of the highway. Lack was then struck when the driver of a tractor-trailer swerved to avoid the motorcycle in the road.

Lack was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His passenger, 45 year-old Pauls Valley resident Harriet Ann Lack refused medical treatment. Neither biker was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The truck’s driver was not injured, troopers said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Lawsuit Filed Over CA Dollar Tree Slip and Fall Accident

A woman in California has filed a slip and fall lawsuit against her local Dollar Tree.

According to Harris County District Court documents, Natasha Pipes filed a lawsuit on July 26 against Dollar Tree Stores, citing negligence. Pipes says that on May 5, 2010, she slipped and fell on glue that had been carelessly left on the floor of the Pasadena Dollar Tree store, located at 6800 Spencer Highway.

According to the lawsuit, Pipes was shopping at the store when the incident occurred. She claims she suffered injuries to her leg, foot, and lower back in the fall. The lawsuit contends that store employees knew of the spilled glue and failed to mark off the area or clean up the spill in a timely fashion.

Pipes is seeking damages of at least $50,000, plus attorneys fees and court costs.

Dollar Tree Stores officials declined to comment on the case.

If you have been injured on a neglected property, please contact the Oklahoma Slip and Fall Lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling (405) 239-7046.

Fatal Oklahoma Trucking Accident

One person was killed in an Oklahoma trucking accident Wednesday morning.

According to officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 7:00 a.m. on U.S. Highway 169 in Nowata County. Trooper Eric Pitner of the Washington County detachment said the accident happened when an APAC Construction Company flagman stopped southbound U.S. 169 traffic. The road is being resurfaced and traffic is down to one lane.

Two vehicles stopped for the flagman, but a third could not, according to Pitner.

“The third vehicle was pretty much running at full speed and tried to stop at the last minute and locked his brakes for a distance and rear-ended the over vehicle and caught fire,” Pitner said.

The tractor-tailer that collided with the front two vehicles was driven by 57 year-old Arthur Vann Jr., of Duquoin. He was killed in the resulting fire which, Pitner said, was likely caused by a ruptured fuel tank.

None of the other drivers were injured in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Highway Defect Blamed for Pawnee Co. Auto Accident

A highway defect is being blamed for a car accident in Pawnee County Sunday afternoon.

According to officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a portion of the Cimarron Turnpike buckled by the heat was the cause of a car accident that injured 36 year-old Enid-resident Chason Lewis. Police say Lewis was traveling west on U.S. Highway 412 when his 2008 Honda CBR hit a two-foot high ramp created by the buckled pavement. The vehicle went airborne for 150 feet and then skidded another 222 feet.

According to the accident report, Lewis was transported by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital for treatment. He is listed in stable condition with severe injuries.

An Oklahoma Turnpike Authority work crew is repairing the buckled portion of the roadway. The agency says it’s not unusual for concrete to buckle when it gets hot and stays hot, as the temperature causes concrete to expand.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a highway defect, please contact the Oklahoma Highway Defect Attorneys of the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

Premises Liability Lawsuit Filed Over Slip and Fall Accident

A Texas woman has filed a premises liability lawsuit against a Fort Bend grocery store, claiming she sustained serious injuries while shopping.

According to Harris County District Court documents, Edilberta Gonzalez accuses Cox’s Foodarama of Houston of negligence. Gonzalez says that on July 17, 2009 she sustained serious injuries while shopping at Foodrama Store No. 21. The lawsuit claims Gonzalez slipped and fell on a liquid substance “carelessly” left on the floor.

Gonzalez is asking the court for an unspecified amount of damages, in addition to court costs.

Officials at Foodarama declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying the company had not yet reviewed the complaint.

If a slip and fall accident occurs on a property owned by another person or business, the accident victim may be eligible to take legal action under premises liability law. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact the Oklahoma premises liability lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

$35M Verdict in Slip and Fall Lawsuit

A woman who suffered was injured in a slip and fall accident onboard a Carnival cruise ship in 2009 has been awarded $35 million in damages.

Denise Kaba filed a slip and fall lawsuit against Carnival Cruises last year in the District Court for the Southern District of Florida. According to the lawsuit, Kaba was injured when she slipped on the pool deck of the Carnival Pride cruise ship on August 22, 2009. The lawsuit claims the use of a resin surface on the pool deck caused Kaba to fall.

Kaba alleged that Carnival was aware of numerous prior slip and fall injuries on Carnival Pride pool deck.
Kaba sustained a fractured knee cap in the accident and required six surgeries.

She was awarded $2,998,155.70 in damages for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, and loss of earning capacity.

If you need assistance with a similar premises liability lawsuit, please contact the Oklahoma Slip and Fall Attorneys of the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046.

Oklahoma Trucking Accident: Fatal Crash Near Tulsa

A man was killed in an Oklahoma trucking accident early Tuesday morning.

According to officials with the Oklahoma State Patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 2:00 a.m. on the Turner Turnpike near mile marker 209. Police say the driver of a semi-truck lost veered off the roadway for an unknown reason, traveling about three hundred feet before coming to rest in a ditch. Troopers say it is unclear if the driver died in the accident or if something happened prior to the crash.

Authorities say the Turnpike was closed for about four hours while response crews worked to clean up the site and remove the truck from the scene. Motorists traveling the turnpike from Tulsa to Oklahoma City were rerouted.

The name of the victim has not been released.

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