Car accidents are a fact of modern life. They occur every day across the country, including in Oklahoma. When two or more vehicles collide, their occupants can suffer a wide variety of injuries, ranging from minor bumps to broken bones to major brain trauma. Injuries are unpredictable and can allow someone to walk away or be left permanently disabled, if not dead. Almost all vehicular mishaps are preventable, and the majority are caused by the failure of at least one driver to exercise due caution.
In Okmulgee, 90 miles east of Oklahoma City, a 78-year-old Tulsa woman died in a rear-end car collision recently when her car was struck by a pickup truck, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The accident happened near Highway 75 and East 27th Avenue. The pickup truck driver suffered minor injuries in the collision, but was treated at a nearby hospital and then released. An OHP spokesperson said the Tulsa woman had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Car accidents such as this one can have any number of causes, including drunk driving, speeding and failure to observe traffic rules and regulations. Despite their grief, any surviving family members of the woman killed will undoubtedly follow the OHP's accident investigation closely. The results could be used by the closest relatives to seek compensation for any financial injuries sustained. They can enlist the help of private investigators to gather evidence that could be used in filing a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death actions often arise in fatal accidents involving the negligence of another person. Before surviving family members file this claim, however, they should calculate their losses from all expenses.
Source: Fox23.com, "Woman dies in fatal accident on Highway 75 near Okmulgee," Nov. 6, 2014