Car and truck accidents can happen in a variety of situations. A recent collision in Atoka, Oklahoma, shines a spotlight on one kind of uncommon situation that could lead to accidents.
News reports indicate that a 61-year-old Atoka man was spotted just off Highway 7 riding his lawn mower against the flow of traffic. A PSO (Public Service Company of Oklahoma) bucket truck nearly struck the lawn mower, but its operator managed to avoid the man. Just after, an Atoka County worker operating a gravel truck was unable to slow down in enough time to swerve around the mower properly. This inability to slow in time caused the gravel truck to crash into the bucket truck, pushing both vehicles into a ditch.
An officer with the OHP (Oklahoma Highway Patrol) said that the 61-year-old drove away on his lawn mower but was arrested a short time later on "an active warrant for public intoxication." Reportedly, this was the 13th time the mower driver was arrested on this charge. The gravel truck incurred heavy damages in the collision. Its operator suffered injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment. The driver of the PSO truck reportedly did not suffer any injuries.
This incident shows how dangerous any motor vehicle—even something as innocuous as a lawnmower—can be when operated by an intoxicated person. The lesson here is to remain vigilant to the risks of being involved in car or truck accidents at all times. If one does occur, hold the responsible party to account using tools provided by the law. As always, a personal injury attorney can play an important role in your quest to find justice.
Source: KXXI.com, "Man arrested after leaving scene of crash on lawn mower," Abbie Maynard, June 23, 2017