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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.

In an instant, the 18-year-old man lost his life because of negligence on the part of the 19-year-old. Anyone who consumes alcohol and gets behind the wheel has already made one bad choice and is likely to make more, including speeding and disregarding traffic signs, any of which can result in an accident. In the aftermath of a fatal accident, police will investigate the probable causes that led to the crash. A driver who is found negligent not only is likely to face criminal charges but also can be held liable by a court for compensation to surviving family members to cover financial losses such as medical and funeral expenses and damages for loss of companionship and pain and suffering.

Surviving family members of anyone killed in a traffic accident can often seek compensation to cover some of the financial costs from a loved one’s death. With the help of a qualified and experienced attorney, a plaintiff can explore the avenues available to bring some relief for their loss. A wrongful death lawsuit is one option. Plaintiffs can file such claims themselves or with the assistance of an experienced attorney.

Source: News9.com, “Man faces manslaughter charge for deadly crash on Route 66,” June 14, 2014