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A safety reminder | Car accidents that stunned America

We understand that residents of Oklahoma know car accidents happen. We know that you realize that they can occur anytime, anyplace and under any circumstances. They happen in bad weather and in good weather. They happen in all age groups and all races. In short, they simply happen, often leaving victims injured and feeling helpless.

We also know that long periods of danger-free driving can breed complacency, and complacency is one of the most insidious enemies of safe driving. In an effort to deter complacency, we want to remind all Oklahoma City residents about some of the worst motor vehicle accidents that have happened in the United States.

-- Bus vs. Truck in 1988: A drunken wrong-way driver collided with a church bus in Kentucky leaving 27 bus passengers dead and 34 injured.

-- Semi and car pileup in 2009: Two people died and 35 were injured when a pileup involving seven tractor-trailers and 35 cars occurred under foggy conditions in Maryland.

-- 117 car pileup in 2000: A sudden snowstorm with whiteout conditions led to this massive pileup in Virginia. It left one person dead and 31 others suffering assorted injuries.

Fortunately, none of these car accidents happened in our state, but that does not mean we are safer than motorists who live elsewhere. In all cities and all states, safety should be the number one concern to all motorists. Of the car accidents discussed above, only one involved any reported negligence. However, you should still remain alert to possible negligent or impaired drivers when sharing our roadways and avoid becoming complacent behind the wheel.

To those injured in a car accident in which negligence did play a role, we urge you to learn about your legal options by visiting our website.

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