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Oklahoma City truck accident kills 1

The morning commute in Oklahoma City today ended in tragedy for one family. As a car was heading down S. Portland, a tractor-trailer swerved into traffic, striking the car. Although neither driver was severely injured, a passenger in the car, a 45-year-old man, was killed.

Although we do not know what this victim's situation is, it is not hard to imagine how difficult it would be to receive the news of loved one's sudden and unexpected death. Many people experience shock, sadness and anger as they try to make sense of a senseless situation. Many people want answers about why their loved one was killed.

In this case, police seem to be pointing to foggy conditions in Oklahoma City as a possible cause for the fatal car accident. Fog on its own, however, may not be enough to explain this tragic situation.

In many car accidents, someone is at least partially responsible. Whether a driver was typing a text message instead of paying attention to the road or had a few drinks before getting behind the wheel, a victim's family can choose to hold that person accountable -- even if police do not.

If you believe that a loved one was killed because of someone else's negligence, it is important to know that you have options. Through a wrongful death lawsuit, a family can seek compensation for expenses associated with the death, including medical bills and funeral costs. While it certainly won't make up for the loss of a loved one, many families find that a successful wrongful death lawsuit leaves them feeling that they did all they could to hold a negligent driver accountable for his or her actions.

Source: Fox 25, "Fog may be to blame for fatal accident in SW OKC," Jay Dillon, Dec. 3, 2013

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