Car Accident Death
Oklahoma is a big state with endless miles of streets, roads, and highways. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, the year 2013 saw 621 fatal traffic accidents in Oklahoma, leading to 678 deaths. That’s 17.6 deaths for every 100,000 people in the state’s population, tying Oklahoma with Alabama for the fifth highest per capita traffic death rate in the nation. These are scary numbers. Read the rest »
A woman was killed in an Oklahoma car accident when the SUV in which she was a passenger was involved in a head-on collision. According to a News 9 report, the fatal crash occurred in the 3100 block of S. Broadway Ave. in Moore. NewsOK reports that the male driver of the southbound SUV may have passed out at the wheel before letting his vehicle cross the centerline where it struck a northbound pickup. The SUV driver’s wife succumbed to her injuries at a nearby hospital. The driver of the pickup and his son were taken to the hospital for examination after complaining of chest pains. The investigation is ongoing.
Head-on collisions often occur because one of the drivers drifts or veers into opposing lanes of traffic. Under Oklahoma Statute 47-11-309-2: “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and…a vehicle shall not be moved from the lane until the driver has first ascertained that the movement can be made with safety.” Drivers who let their vehicle cross lane divisions demarcated by two solid yellow lines can be held accountable for their actions. Read the rest »
Oklahoma City car accident fatality attorneys are extremely concerned about the upward trend in teen driver deaths. As data continues to come in, 2012 appears to be the second year in a row that the nation has seen an increase in teen driver deaths after eight years of decline. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are participating in the ongoing 2012 Teenage Driver Fatalities by State report conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
According to preliminary numbers, 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths in passenger vehicles were higher in the first six months of 2012 than they were in the first six months of 2011. Nationwide, deaths of 16-year-olds increased 24 percent from 86 to 107 fatalities and deaths of 17-year-olds increased 15 percent from 116 to 133. The final numbers for the second half of 2012 will not be available for months. Read the rest »
Three men were killed in a Tulsa fatal car accident involving a head-on collision. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the fatal crash occurred on East 145th Avenue in Rogers County. Officials say a 29-year-old man was attempting to pass a semi-trailer when his car crashed head first into another vehicle. The driver was killed and two passengers from Tulsa, aged 21 and 23, in the other vehicle suffered fatal injuries as well. It is unclear if the driver of the second car was injured, but the driver of the semi-trailer was not hurt in the fatal crash.
Many of the most devastating Oklahoma car accidents involve head-on collisions. Unlike broadside or rear-end collisions, a head-on collision involves the combined speed of both vehicles. To prevent these types of high-impact crashes, Oklahoma Statute 11-311 states that wherever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways, “every vehicle shall be driven only upon the right-hand roadway.” Read the rest »
A 27-year-old woman was killed in a Tulsa intersection accident involving a two-car collision at an intersection. According to a news report in Tulsa World, the fatal car crash occurred on Lynn Lane Road and 21st Street in Tulsa. Officials say the victim’s vehicle stopped before entering the intersection where a second car struck it. The driver suffered fatal injuries and her 17-year-old female passenger has been listed in critical condition. The 45-year-old woman driving the other vehicle sustained injuries that are not considered life threatening. It is unclear if she will be cited for the fatal crash.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, there were 616 fatalities and 24,445 injuries suffered in Oklahoma car accidents in the year 2010. During that same year, there were eight fatalities reported as a result of 9,687 car accidents in Tulsa. Read the rest »
An 80-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman from Osage County were killed in a car accident after their Dodge pickup was struck by a dump truck. According to a KJRH news report, the fatal Oklahoma truck accident occurred near the Lowe’s on Adams Boulevard in Bartlesville. Officials say the 80-year-old man was making a U-turn when a dump truck struck his pickup. The female passenger died at the scene of the crash and the male driver passed away that night. The driver of the dump truck was not injured and was not cited for the crash.
Under Oklahoma Law, drivers must only make a turn when and where it safe to do so. Under Oklahoma Statute 47-11-604: “No person shall turn a vehicle…unless the vehicle is in proper position upon the roadway.” Drivers must not “move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.” Additionally, drivers are required to signal appropriately to alert other motorists before they make a turn. Read the rest »
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