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Who can be held liable in tour bus accidents?

Commercial vehicles are typically used to transport goods, livestock or people from one location to another anywhere across the country, including Oklahoma. Trucks, taxis, vans and buses are among the most common commercial vehicles. What about tour buses? The answer is yes, these are also commercial vehicles, and their drivers are expected to act responsibly because the lives of passengers depend on how they operate their vehicles.

In terms of total miles driven each year, accidents involving tour buses are relatively rare, but when they do happen the results are often catastrophic because of the numbers of people on board, many of whom are not restrained by seatbelts or shoulder harnesses as they would be in most passenger cars. Anyone riding a tour bus should always watch the driver to see if he or she is obeying traffic rules. In the event that driver negligence leads to injuries, the injured victims may be entitled to damages.

Sisters die in alleged drunken-driving car accident in Tulsa

Collisions between motor vehicles are, unfortunately, common throughout Oklahoma, often resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. In any accident involving injury or death, the question of who was responsible will likely be raised. Those who survive a collision often have different views about how and why the accident happened, but it is usually up to investigators to put the pieces of the accident puzzle together and determine the exact cause of the crash.

Investigators in Tulsa are fairly certain they know what led to a recent fatal car accident that killed two sisters, ages 12 and 16. According to police, a suspected drunken driver caused the crash following an evening of drinking at different bars in the area. The suspected drunken driver was seen driving her sport utility vehicle at high speed before striking a car containing five people.

Truck accident kills 49-year-old pickup driver under OKC bridge

Oklahomans are used to seeing large commercial trucks on the state's streets and highways. In general, traveling near or around a big rig is relatively safe because the operators of these vehicles have undergone extensive training and must follow not only company polices, but also federal guidelines to ensure they present minimal hazards to themselves and others on the road. Still, given the size of these vehicles, any road accident involving these them can injure or kill other motorists and their passengers.

A good case in point is a recent Oklahoma City accident that killed one man under a railroad bridge. According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, the pickup driver, 49, died when a container slid off a truck bed and onto his pickup truck. The accident happened under the Northwest 23rd Street bridge when the driver of a military truck tried to pass under the train bridge with a load that was too high to clear the 13-foot, 9-inch vertical distance between the roadway and the bridge. According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the vertical clearance is posted, but given other incidents involving the bridge, authorities plan to add more signs to prevent more accidents. The container that was knocked from the truck contained gym equipment and weights.

Motorcyclist deaths rose slightly from 2010 to 2011, NHTSA says

Motorcycle accidents happen everywhere in the country, including Oklahoma. These accidents have among the most devastating outcomes of any motor vehicle accident, with serious injuries and death occurring at a rate three times that for cars and light trucks, according to 2011 data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA defines someone operating a motorcycle as the rider and another person seated on the vehicle as a passenger, although both riders and passengers tend to be grouped together in most statistical compilations. The term "motorcycles" refers to any two- or three-wheeled motorized vehicle, including motor scooters and mopeds.

Recent NHTSA statistics showed a two percent increase in motorcycle-related fatalities from 2010 (4,518) to 2011 (4,612). These numbers are still well below the peaks seen in the last dozen years, with 2005, 2006 and 2007 posting both the highest total numbers of fatalities and the highest fatality rates. Half of all motorcycles involved in fatal accidents, 2,449, collided with other motor vehicles. NHTSA data shows that accidents involving motorcyclists were more than 30 times more likely to result in an accident-related death for the motorcyclists that a passenger car occupant.

Man arrested three days after fatal accident

Roads and highways can be dangerous places when careless or reckless drivers are present, whether in Oklahoma or elsewhere in the country. Unfortunately, sometimes, these drivers are involved in fatal accidents because they disregard their basic responsibilities. When such negligence is a contributing factor to someone's death, surviving family members are left with the pain of loss, as well as anger from knowing the death was avoidable.

One family of a 79-year-old man who was killed crossing the street is probably experiencing a mixture of grief and outrage. Fortunately, the person allegedly responsible for the man's death has been arrested by Oklahoma City police. The accused was charged with four felony counts of manslaughter, leaving the scene of a deadly accident and driving without a license or insurance.

Multiple car-auto accident claims one life in Bethany

Car accidents can happen anywhere, but especially in high-volume traffic areas of big cities, such as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. When a car crash occurs, it often results in damaged property and injuries to those involved. Injuries suffered in a car accident can result in temporary or permanent disability or, in some severe cases, fatalities. When two cars collide, there is a strong possibility that negligence was a contributing factor. If this is the case, someone can be held liable for the victim's damages.

In Bethany, Oklahoma, one man was arrested following a multiple auto accident that killed one man. The man who police believe caused the accident is suspected of driving while impaired. Based on a report, five cars and a truck were involved in the collision with one vehicle becoming engulfed in flames as a result of the crash. The driver, who was taken into custody after the crash, may face a first-degree manslaughter charge for the death of another driver.

Oklahoma man killed in truck accident

Commercial vehicles or trucks are frequent sights along Oklahoma's roads and highways. Those who drive them must follow strict delivery deadlines to satisfy client expectations. Because trucks are much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, a commercial vehicle accident can cause severe damage to property and injure and kill motorists and pedestrians. Unfortunately, one of these accidents recently took the life of a Monroe man.

In LeFlore County, the 64-year-old man was killed when his pickup truck was struck by a tractor-trailer. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the man was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 59 near Spiro when he began to slow so he could make a left turn into a private driveway. The driver of the tractor-trailer behind him attempted to pass at that moment and struck the driver's side of the pickup. The pickup driver sustained massive injuries and died at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.

Girl, 11, dies when truck hits family's SUV east of Sweetwater

Drivers in Oklahoma frequently see a wide variety of trucks and big rigs on both major interstates and state highways as they transport products and materials around the state and the country. Frequently, though, driving around trucks can be intimidating for drivers of much smaller motor vehicles, and they have good reason to be cautious. These huge vehicles can cause enormous damage and kill and injure in the event of a collision.

Recently, just four miles east of Sweetwater, an 11-year-old girl died when the sports utility vehicle she was riding in with her mother and sister was hit by a semi-truck. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the crash happened where state Highways 6 and 152 intersect. The girl was ejected from the vehicle; she had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. Her 12-year-old sister was wearing a seatbelt and was trapped inside the vehicle until emergency responders could free her. She was airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. The mother, 29, who was driving the SUV, also suffered injuries and was taken to an Elk City hospital for treatment before being released.

Foster motorcyclist killed in crash with pickup on county road

For some Oklahoma residents, motorcycles are a convenient and sometimes preferred way to travel, especially when the weather is nice. Motorcycles offer an alternative to rising gas costs and make for easier travel in congested areas. However, riding a motorcycle is considerably more dangerous than traveling in other motor vehicles, unfortunately often as a result of other's negligence. In the event of collision with another vehicle, a motorcyclist is at higher risk of being severely injured or killed. Although highly advised, helmets and other protective gear offer only limited protection in the event of a crash.

Recently, a 30-year-old Foster man was killed when his bike collided with a pickup truck on a Stephens County road. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the biker was on his 1994 Suzuki motorcycle heading south on the rural county road around 6:20 a.m. when he hit the side of the pickup. The truck's driver apparently attempted to turn left into a private driveway, perhaps without yielding to the motorcyclist. The rider suffered severe injuries and massive head trauma. He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to OHP officers, an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Drunk driving suspected in fatal car accident

Motor vehicle accidents, whether in Oklahoma or elsewhere in the country, always have the potential to injure and kill people. Sadly, a great many fatal accidents could have been prevented if drivers had simply followed traffic rules, driven while sober or otherwise acted responsibly.

In one recent late-night accident near Bethany, an 18-year-old man died when his car was hit head-on by a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old man, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department. The 19-year-old man was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident at Route 66 and the John Kilpatrick Turnpike and he has since been arrested on charges of drunken driving and first-degree manslaughter.

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