A father of three children was killed in an Oklahoma City car accident when a suspected drunk driver struck his bicycle. According to a News 9 report, the fatal crash occurred on N.W. 10th Street in Oklahoma City. Officials say the bicyclist was riding in a lane of traffic with lights on his bicycle when the car struck him. The 37-year-old driver allegedly smelled of alcohol, failed a sobriety test, and was booked on charges of first-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Drivers who negligently cause a fatal collision in Oklahoma can face vehicular manslaughter charges. According to Oklahoma Statute 11-903: “When the death of any person ensues within one (1) year as a proximate result of injury received by the driving of any vehicle by any person in reckless disregard of the safety of others, the person so operating such vehicle shall be guilty of negligent homicide.” Individuals convicted of negligent homicide in Oklahoma can face up to a year of incarceration and a fine of $1,000.
A criminal conviction will not, however, result in adequate compensation for the victim’s family. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. A successful civil lawsuit can result in support for medical bills, lost future wages, funeral expenses, and other related damages.
In order to have a successful claim, you will have to show that the negligence of the at-fault party contributed to the crash. In cases involving a DUI, a guilty conviction for vehicular homicide can help you show that your loved one was killed by the negligence of the defendant.
The bicycle accident attorneys at the Maples Law Firm help Oklahoma families get the support they need and rightfully deserve. We offer free, no-obligation consultations at (888) 226-6159 to anyone who has lost a loved one in a fatal crash.