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What are the common causes of Oklahoma car accidents?

Oklahomans rely heavily on their cars for daily transportation. Because cars make up the majority of vehicles on the road, they are often involved in collisions with cars and other vehicles. Oklahomans may also know that car accidents can give rise to personal and wrongful death claims. These claims allow the injured parties to recover damages based on their losses. As a driver, you need to educate yourself regarding auto accidents and some common causes. Doing so can help prevent car accidents that can often lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities.

Drunk driving is one of the common causes of car accidents. In 2013, approximately one million drunk driving-related crashes resulted in injuries. Drivers who had consumed alcohol before they were involved in a collision can be held liable if the accident caused injuries or fatalities to other individuals. If you were involved in a drunk driving crash, you can cite the negligence of the drunk driver in your personal injury lawsuit. The lawsuit can state that the accident could have been prevented if the defendant had not consumed alcohol prior to the collision. Alcohol impairs a persons' mind, making that person prone to irrational decisions.

The importance of obtaining compensation in truck accidents

Trucks are used by various industries throughout the United States for transporting goods from one place to another. Here in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, driving next to a big rig is a normal occurrence. The only thing that scares most motorists is the probability of being involved in an accident with a truck.

Commercial trucks are up to 40 times heavier than common motor vehicles, such as cars. For this reason, trucks are capable of causing severe injuries and fatalities to passenger vehicle drivers and their passengers in the event of an accident. Truck accident victims often sustain debilitating injuries, including, but not limited to, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, paralysis and brain injuries. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment, therapy and rehabilitation. Anyone who has been injured in a trucking accident should know that like other types of traffic accidents, truck accidents are governed by the law of negligence. If there is substantial evidence that can prove that the truck driver failed to exercise due caution prior to the collision, a victim may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.

Eastern Oklahoma motorcycle accident leaves one seriously injured

Many Oklahoma residents enjoy riding motorcycles for basic transportation and to enjoy the thrill of the open road. For them, a two-wheeled vehicle provides a sense of freedom. Riding a motorcycle, however, is far more perilous than driving a car. Riders have to be careful when navigating traffic on roads and highways because the chances of a serious injury or of being killed are just a vehicle collision away.

Recently, in Le Flore County, about 145 miles southeast of Edmond, a motorcycle accident seriously injured one rider when he was struck by a motor vehicle. According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the 56-year-old man was riding his 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on U.S. Highway 270 when the 54-year-old driver of a 2002 Jeep ran a stop sign and hit his motorcycle. The motorcyclist sustained severe leg and head injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. OHP investigators say the rider was not wearing a helmet. The Jeep driver was unharmed in the collision.

Oklahoma and its goal to curb fatal accidents

Any motor vehicle accident could lead to serious or fatal injuries. Fatal car accidents can happen anywhere, and here in Oklahoma, local government units and various organizations monitor fatal accident reports and develop statistics to help them in addressing the issues behind such mishaps. The goal of annual accident reports is to provide a clear view of fatality trends in the state and to provide awareness to the motorists in an effort to promote safety.

According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there were 672 fatalities in 2013, down from 708 in 2012. Based on overall fatality trends, Oklahoma will have fewer fatalities in 2013 than in 2012. In 2012, the state was able to reach its goal for reduced total number of fatalities in rural areas - falling from 497 in 2011 to 467 in 2012. When it comes to fatality trends in urban areas, there was an expected increase from 241 fatalities in 2012 to 276 in 2013.

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.

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