Highway Accident Attorneys in Oklahoma
Oklahoma bears the inglorious reputation of being among the top 10 most dangerous states for drivers year after year. Some highways are known for Mother Nature’s wrath, for example, the I-44 “Tornado Corridor.” Others are hazardous simply because of the state of the roads. And always, there’s the very real risk of driver inattentiveness.
So proceed carefully when traveling the length of I-240 running from Will Rogers Airport and South Eastern Avenue, or Oklahoma City’s most dangerous highway, I-35’s five-mile long path running from SE 15th Street to NE 36th Street.
What Makes Highway Driving More Dangerous?
Because highway travelers drive at increased speeds, and because trucks and larger commercial vehicles share the roads with passenger cars, any accident is likely to be serious or deadly.
What’s causing these accidents in the first place?
- Distracted drivers: Distracted drivers are a danger to themselves and others. Being on a phone, whether "Googling directions" or responding to a text, takes the eyes of drivers off the road. Assuming speeds of 60 miles per hour, in a few seconds that distracted driver can swerve into another vehicle, or not see that she needs to come to a stop to avoid a rear-end collision. A driver’s attention needs to be on the road at all times.
- Drivers who are impaired: Drivers who are impaired, whether because of drugs, alcohol, or simple sleep deprivation, are drivers with slowed response and reaction times. Such drivers may be unaware of risks they are running by going too fast, following too closely, or leaving their traveling lane.
- Mechanical failures: If a vehicle is not properly maintained or somehow defective, it can cause an accident as well. Imagine brakes not working properly, or a steering mechanism failing.
And that doesn’t even include the people take the wrong on-ramp, runaway trailers, truck accidents, and multi-car pileups.
It is because of the nature of highway travel - more cars on the roads, traveling faster, closer together, sharing the road with larger vehicles - that accidents on highways result in more serious injuries.
If you or someone you care for was hurt in a highway accident, reach out to Car Accident Help. We are here to support the rights of those injured in vehicle accidents. Contact us at (405) 285-4357.
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