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Cars crashes are often the subject of television and radio news broadcasts because they happen frequently. Oklahoma drivers are aware of their responsibility to drive safely to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of others on the road. However, some drivers continue to engage in dangerous and erratic behavior, which in turn increases the chances of causing an accident. All drivers should exercise due caution. Failure to do so can result in a car accident that often leads to catastrophic injuries and fatalities in some severe cases.

In Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, a recent car accident claimed the life of an 81-year-old man who ran for a U.S. House of Representatives seat from eastern Oklahoma. Based on a report, the deceased was crossing a local highway when a vehicle struck his car. The victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

A fatal car accident can devastate surviving family members. As the family adjusts to the sudden loss of a loved one, it also may experience financial hardships especially if the deceased is the sole financial provider for the household. The family may have a hard time paying all related accident expenses, such as medical and funeral costs. Fortunately, one way to be compensated for incurred losses is through filing a wrongful death claim.

A wrongful death claim may follow in the wake of a fatal mishap only if the mishap was caused by another party’s negligence. If negligence can be proven and it can be shown that the deceased’s survivors sustained a monetary loss due to the death, affected parties may be able tofile the claim and sue responsible parties for damages. Potential plaintiffs may seek legal advice to better understand their rights and learn how to properly file the claim.

Source: ABC News, “US House candidate in Oklahoma dies after crash,” Nov. 3, 2014