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.
It is important to note that fatal accidents often involve a number of factors including drunk or impaired driving, or unrestrained passengers and un-helmeted motorcyclists. Oklahoma aims to curb fatal accidents by providing public education and training. With proper knowledge and education, many fatal motor vehicle accidents can be prevented. Motorists have to be responsible enough and equip themselves with proper education and training for their own safety.
In the event of a fatal motor vehicle accident, readers should note that the party who initiated the crash may be held responsible for both criminal and civil liabilities. The family of the deceased may be entitled to awards and damages if another person's negligence was a main contributing factor.
Filing a wrongful death claim is possible after a fatal accident. Loved ones should understand their options and legal remedies following the death of a loved one in an accident. This will help them take appropriate action while protecting their rights and interests.
Source: Ok.gov, "2013 annual report," Accessed on Aug. 26, 2014