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What actions should you take if you were hit by a car?

If you are a pedestrian who has been hit by a car, your primary legal claim will be against the driver. Drivers are obligated to observe traffic laws, which require them to be alert and cognizant of pedestrians, traffic signals, road signs, crosswalks and pathways.

Car accidents can be caused by distracted driving

It's a pitch-black stormy night and you received a text from your friend. You ignore the text and focus on the road. In that split second, you are hit with such a strong impact that your car has been totaled and you are bruised badly with lesions on your back and neck pain. You now have to suffer with serious neck, back and head trauma injuries.

Car accidents can be caused by negligence

It's a stormy night and you just made a right turn and out of nowhere an oncoming SUV merged into your lane and t-boned your car. The driver expresses her regret but says she will not pay for damages since her vision was blocked by the terrible monsoon and the traffic lights were currently not working.

Pedestrian accidents are rising

In Oklahoma, pedestrian traffic accidents are on the rise.

A pedestrian may not be paying attention to the oncoming traffic on the road. It may be probable that they are not facing the road, but looking away. The driver may possibly be distracted and not have a vigilant eye on the road. It may be likely that due to being distracted, the driver ultimately smashes into the pedestrian causing a severe crash. This accident may be fatal.

Things you should know about truck accidents

Truck accidents are a major cause of fatalities on the road. Any accident involving a large commercial vehicle may be catastrophic, leading to fatal injuries in most cases. The difference in size between commercial trucks and passenger cars leads to the terrible aftermath caused by these accidents. Trucks are rarely damaged in these unfortunate incidents, and passenger vehicles are the ones adversely affected.

Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable part of the traffic system. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, nearly 5,000 pedestrian deaths take place each year in the United States. Several of these deaths are a result of a motor vehicle collision, leading to fatal injuries for the pedestrian. Pedestrians are much more exposed to injuries compared to motor vehicle drivers, which is why the legal system protects them.

Truck driver to stand trial for killing 4 in Oklahoma

It isn't likely you've forgotten the tragic wreck in 2014 where a truck driver allegedly took the life of 4 college softball players outside of Davis, Oklahoma. The female athletes were on a bus heading south on Interstate 35 back to Gainesville after playing in Bethany when their bus was struck by a semi heading northbound that somehow managed to terrifyingly cross over the median, striking the bus' left side. The driver claimed he was distracted momentarily by something in his cab. 

For a nine-month period following the tragedy the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has investigated the crash and now feels confident in bringing charges against the driver with first-degree manslaughter on four counts. The probable cause affidavit explaining a summary of the investigation's findings has not been released to the public. However, a preliminary report compiled by the National Transportation and Safety Board reported that the truck followed a right curve in the highway but then failed to continue following the road, departing from the left lane of travel across a median that was 92 feet wide and composed of depressed earth. At a rate of more than 70 miles per hour, the rig continued on through the median for nearly a quarter of a mile before entering the opposing direction of travel, side-swiping the bus, causing it to roll over. The rig carried on across the southbound interstate, crossing it completely before its path of destruction finally came to a stop in a wooded area off the stretch of interstate, almost 300 feet from the bus. The bus landed on its right side with the left side nearly peeled away. 

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