A writer for NewsOK was greeted by an astonishing sight on a recent morning rush-hour drive to the office: A man brushing his teeth while driving. Most driving distractions nowadays involve electronic devices, but apparently Oklahoma has the occasional dental hygiene multi-tasker as well.
The NewsOK writer was forced to slow down when a black SUV moved speedily passed and then directly, and narrowly, in front of him. The driver of the SUV, driving about 60 mph in rush-hour traffic, moved into the lane, leaving only a few feet ahead of the writer’s car. It was then that something caught the writer’s eye through the SUV’s tinted rear window. He noticed that the lighted mirror of the sun visor was on, and so, now quite curious, he lawfully cautiously changed his lane and began passing the SUV. As he did so, he noticed that the driver of the SUV was using the mirror to brush his teeth, and he continued brushing as the writer signaled and moved in front of the SUV, which had at least slowed down.
Whether talking on a cell phone or finishing one’s morning hygiene routine, being distracted while driving is very dangerous and increases the risk of a serious Oklahoma car crash. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), there were 34 fatal, 2,066 injury, and 3,140 non-injury non-electronic device distracted driver car accidents in 2009, an increase from those in 2008. It is imperative that Oklahoma motorists concentrate on the driving task at hand to ensure the safety of other motorists as well as their own.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Oklahoma auto accident caused by a distracted, or otherwise negligent driver, the knowledgeable Oklahoma City car crash attorneys at Maples Law Firm, LLP, can provide you with the legal action you need to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a no-cost consultation at 1-888-226-6159.