During 2012, there were 54,873 reported car accidents in Oklahoma. There were also a total of 228 fatal crashes in 2012. In addition, there were a total of 124,187 victims involved in car accidents during 2012. During 2013, the number of car accident increased to 54,825. There was also an increase in fatal car accidents to 239 in 2013. Overall, there were a total of 122,251 victims involved in car accidents in Oklahoma during 2013.
Unfortunately, fatal outcomes, as well as serious injuries, can result from auto accidents. Victims can be travelling anywhere and unexpectedly have their lives changed by a car accident. Part of the impact that an unexpected car accident can have on victims and their families is the damages they may suffer as a result. Damages from an accident can include physical, financial and emotional damages.
The legal system recognizes the havoc that an unexpected car accident caused by a negligent driver can have on victims and their families. Legal resources are available to protect victims in a variety of circumstances following a car accident. For example, victims may be able to recover compensation for damages through personal injury and wrongful death claims stemming from a car accident.
Damages can include compensation for medical costs and lost earnings. Furthermore, victims may be able to recover damages for the emotional distress that they suffer due to an accident. People in Oklahoma who are victims of negligent drivers should understand their legal options and the kinds of damages that may be available to them. Likewise, family members of victims also have legal rights stemming from a fatal auto accident.
Source: ok.gov, “City Crash Facts 2013,” Accessed Sept. 14, 2015