Car accidents can happen anywhere and at any time of the day or night. Oklahomans see their share of car accidents on a regular basis. Some are caused by road or weather conditions, but many others are the result of negligence. When negligence is a factor in a car accident, victims or surviving family members of victims may be entitled to compensation through personal injury or wrongful death claims.
Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in the United States. Oklahoma's motorists know they can avoid most accidents by following traffic rules and regulations and they also can prevent them by driving only while sober. However, there may always be drivers who disobey traffic laws and drive while intoxicated, putting themselves and other people on the road at risk. This is just one form of negligence that can cause a car accident and leave the driver liable to both criminal and civil penalties.
Oklahomans should know that one of the main responsibilities when driving is looking out for and driving safely around others. Not all drivers meet this expectation, however.
Many college students across the country, including many in Oklahoma, look forward to spending spring break somewhere warm, usually with the intention of partying with friends while away from school, teachers and parents.
An accident involving a semi truck has the potential to be especially severe. After all, these types of vehicles often carry immensely heavy loads and take special skills and knowledge to operate in a safe manner. Unfortunately, car accidents involving semi trucks frequently occur on Oklahoma's streets and highways.
Nevada drivers and passengers know there is the risk of a traffic accident in almost any situation on the road, but drunk drivers and the hit-and-run car accidents they often cause can put people at additional risk of serious injuries.
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.