In the hands of a distracted driver, a motor vehicle can be a dangerous and deadly weapon. The average automobile weighs 4,000 pounds (two tons), and is capable of speeds of over 100 miles per hour. This combination of weight and speed creates a lethal machine when it comes into contact with another vehicle. But, when a car hits a person, the accident can be devastating. Read the rest »
The rate of motor vehicle accidents nationwide has plummeted in recent years – but the rate of pedestrian deaths in car crashes is increasing, according to the most recent pedestrian death report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
To many experienced Oklahoma pedestrian accident lawyers, the numbers signal that more must be done in order to protect those who walk on or near the nation’s streets. When a car collides with a pedestrian, severe injuries and death can easily result. In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians lost their lives and another 76,000 were injured in such accidents. Read the rest »
A 58-year-old resident of Oklahoma City was recently killed after being struck by a pick-up truck. The man was hit while he was trying to cross eastbound Interstate 40 near Morgan Road. An official on the scene described it as “pretty horrific” and “the worst he’s ever seen.”
While it is unclear who was at fault at this juncture, there is no denying how dangerous a moving car can be. Without the protection of a metal frame, seat belts or airbags, pedestrians usually suffer severe injuries in a vehicle accident. While crosswalks help indicate where pedestrians are legally allowed to cross a street, it is far too common for motorists to carelessly drive through without watching out for others. Read the rest »
A 29-year-old woman was critically injured after being struck by a car along the busy and fast moving Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City. According to a News 9 report, the pedestrian accident occurred along the Northwest Expressway between Meridian and NW 63 in Oklahoma City. Officials initially were unsure what caused the accident, but an updated report in News OK states that she may have stepped into the path of an oncoming car. She has been listed in critical condition and no arrests or citations have been issued.
Pedestrian accidents are common in Oklahoma and they often result in serious injuries and even death. Pedestrians are vulnerable to traffic and have nothing to protect them from serious harm. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there were 605 people involved in 564 pedestrian accidents in the year 2009. In those accidents, 161 pedestrians were injured or killed. Read the rest »
A recent survey showed that 33 states are actively promoting biking and walking and have set goals to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities. Oklahoma is not one of those states. In fact, Oklahoma does not have any plans to promote walking and biking or to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycling accidents statewide. According to an Alliance for Biking & Walking survey, there has been a steady increase in the number of people walking and biking to work nationwide.
The survey found that people tend to bike and walk more in cities that have advocacy programs. This is a growing trend in the United States. There were only a handful of states with biking and walking advocacy organizations in 1996, but today there are approximately 230 state and local advocacy organizations with more than 500 full-time employees. Many of the states with the most advocacy employees have the highest percentage of bikers and walkers. Oklahoma, however, falls short. Read the rest »
Thanks to surveillance footage from an Oklahoma City convenience store, police officers were able to view a pedestrian being struck by a car that then drove away. According to a News 9 report, the hit-and-run accident occurred at 29th Street and Kentucky in Oklahoma City. Officials are trying to find the three young men who were in a green Ford Explorer that struck a man and drove away. The victim suffered injuries to his head and arms but has been listed in good condition. It is unclear at this time if the driver or vehicle involved in this crash has been tracked down.
It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to Oklahoma Statute 47-10-102: “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in a nonfatal injury to any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident.” Read the rest »
It is important to constantly remind children how to behave safely when trick-or-treating. Safekids.org recommends “repeated and consistent” messaging to instruct children about safety. Your reminders should include advice on how to cross the street. It is important to encourage safe pedestrian habits because it can be difficult to see small children who are dressed in dark costumes at night.
Children should also cross the road at intersections or crosswalks. They should also only cross after looking both ways and back again. Children younger than 12 years old should have adult supervision as they cross the street. All pedestrians should remain on the sidewalk or areas designated for pedestrians. Read the rest »
A pedestrian was injured in an Oklahoma City car accident involving a suspected drunk driver who left the scene of the crash. According to a News9 report, the pedestrian accident occurred near N.W. 20th Street and Council Road in Oklahoma City. Officials say a 29-year-old woman was under the influence of alcohol when she struck the pedestrian and drove away. The victim has been listed in critical condition. The driver was tracked down by the authorities and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) with great bodily injury and leaving the scene of an injury accident.
Under Oklahoma Law, drivers are required to give information and offer assistance following an injury accident. According to Oklahoma Statute 47-10-104: “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall … exchange information and render aid to the victim.” Read the rest »
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian fatalities are on the rise throughout the country. The NHTSA reports that 4,280 pedestrians were killed in the year 2010, reflecting a five percent increase from the previous year. According to a report in 24/7 Wall St, Oklahoma is now considered one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians.
Between the years 2008 and 2010, the rate of pedestrian fatalities in Oklahoma more than doubled. On average, the national death rate of pedestrians per 100,000 people was 1.38 in the year 2010. That is a slight increase from the 1.33 rate in the year 2009, which is significant for Oklahoma because it is one of only 10 states with a rate of at least 1.65 per 100,000 people. Oklahoma saw 62 pedestrian fatalities in 2010. Read the rest »
Distracted walking does not receive the same attention as distracted driving, but it is a serious problem that appears to be growing. According to The Washington Post, distracted walking accidents have quadrupled in the past seven years. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that 1,152 people were injured while walking and using a cell phone or other electronic device in the last year alone. Many experts believe that statistic is well under the actual number of injury accidents that involved a distracted pedestrian.
The Washington Post report included recent examples of incidents that resulted in injuries. A 12-year-old boy was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the road as he was playing a video game. A 53-year-old woman suffered facial injuries after falling off a curb while texting and walking. Other examples include a woman walking into a telephone pole, a man falling into a ditch, and a 67-year-old man stepping into the path of a bicyclist. Read the rest »
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