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Driver surrenders for alleged hit-and-run death of woman

The loss of a loved one in an accident is usually heartbreaking for the victim's family. Tragedy is only compounded if a driver's negligence contributed to the death. This is probably what the family of a 33-year-old Oklahoma woman is feeling after learning she was the recent victim of an alleged hit-and-run driver.

According to Tulsa authorities, two pedestrians, a man and a woman, were struck by a pickup truck as they were walking in a construction zone. The driver allegedly fled the scene without stopping to help the victims. Both the man and woman were transported to a local hospital. The woman later died. The condition of the man was not immediately known.

Father and two children die in semi-trailer crash in Oklahoma

Semi-trailers are massive vehicles that can cause incredible damage and significant injuries when they are involved in accidents. This can sometimes make highway travel seem dangerous, especially when truck drivers seem to be ignoring the rules of the road.

Recently, a truck accident five miles west of Oakland involving a semi-trailer and a passenger vehicle killed the car driver and two of his three children. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the victim and his children were traveling eastbound on Highway 70 when their 2012 Mercedes sedan was struck by a westbound truck that crossed the center line. The car was so badly damaged that firefighters had to cut the car's occupants from the vehicle.

State looks to reduce motorcycle accidents through education

As winter begins to leave Oklahoma, warm weather brings motorcyclists onto the state's roads looking for sun and a sense of freedom. Unfortunately, state officials have noticed that the number of motorcycle accidents has increased in the last few years as the number of motorcyclists has increased. According to the various federal and state agencies, more than 4,000 Americans were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2010 and nearly 5,000 were projected for 2013.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has funded the safe riding program for several years. Troopers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are now touring the state to educate residents about safer motorcycle riding by showing them proper riding techniques and motorcycle operation basics. Improper braking by riders is thought to be a leading cause of crashes. Teaching motorcyclists the proper way to brake can keep them from losing their balance and crashing.

Sleepy driver slams car into home in Oklahoma City

A car accident can have a serious toll on anyone. Drivers should ensure that they are focused, sober and attentive behind the wheel.

However, one family in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was recently alarmed after a car crashed into their bathroom like a wrecking ball. The crash injured the driver as well as a 48-year-old man taking a bath at the time of the crash.

Sleeping truck driver causes accident in Oklahoma City

Sleeping is best done in a bed, not behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. That is what one truck driver recently found out after dozing off and causing an early morning truck accident about seven miles west of downtown Oklahoma City.

The accident occurred just south portion of the Rockwell Bridge, which crosses over Interstate 40, when the truck driver's tractor-trailer collided with a car, according to Oklahoma City Police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The incident sent the car driver to a local hospital with injuries that were described as non-life-threatening. The driver of the truck unit was unharmed. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers at the scene allege that the driver of the tractor-trailer fell asleep behind the wheel and caused the truck accident.

Proposed bill could help prevent distracted driving accidents

As in most states, distracted driving is a constant problem in Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, more than 11,000 auto accidents were caused by distracted drivers in 2012. That may change if a State Senate bill that prohibits distracted driving passes the state legislature.

Although Oklahoma already has distracted driving laws on the books, Senate Bill 442 expands the definition and penalties for distracted driving. Authored by Senator Ron Sharp, the bill proposes that merely reading a text message while behind the wheel would be illegal, and penalties for reading, composing and sending messages could be as high as $500. The bill would also ban using electronic messaging such as email and texting while driving.

Can new innovation help curb motorcycle accidents?

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came up with the idea of using technology to help prevent auto accidents. The technology, termed V2V for "Vehicle to Vehicle", seeks to promote communication between vehicles to avoid accidents. While such a technology does not include motorcycles, a promising innovation may help Oklahoma riders avoid being in a motorcycle accident.

The Motorcycle Life Expo launched a motorcycle simulator called the SMARTrainer. The simulator featured a real-life model of a motorcycle -- complete with brakes, clutch, throttle and shifting mechanisms. It was also fitted with a specialized seat and computer that had real-time scenarios provided by the Department of Public Safety.

Oklahoma officers receive training in accident reconstruction

Not every motor vehicle accident is straightforward. Often times there are many complexities that must be sorted out in developing an argument in favor of the accident victim. This is when accident reconstruction reports could come in handy.

Loose wheel kills man on side of Oklahoma highway

Large commercial trucks provide a crucial service, transporting goods quickly and efficiently across the country. These large vehicles must be kept in top shape, however, not only to comply with regulations and laws, but also to protect truck drivers and other motorists and pedestrians.

The importance of proper truck maintenance was tragically highlighted when a loose semi-truck wheel hit and killed a man on Feb. 7 on the side of Interstate 44 in Oklahoma. The Missouri man was changing a tire near the Afton exit in Craig County when the fatal accident occurred.

Lawsuit follows boating crash that took pageant queen's life

Generally, people are aware that driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is prohibited, and most Oklahoma residents who occasionally drink try to avoid drunk driving. However, operators of boats sometimes don't hold themselves to the same standard of safety as they would if they were driving a car.

A wrongful death lawsuit was recently brought against a boat operator whose blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.18 percent. Authorities say that speeding and operator inattention were also factors in a collision that took the life of a 21-year-old woman who formerly won a Miss Teen Oklahoma pageant.

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