Unfortunately, the driving public is sometimes placed at risk when truck drivers and trucking companies do not follow regulations that limit the number of hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel. Excessive driving, without proper breaks, can lead to difficulty concentrating and may result in truck accidents.
Drunk drivers can cause significant harm to victims but resources are available to help drunk driving accident victims. In Oklahoma, there were 3,824 drunk driving accident-related injuries during 2015 when drivers had a blood alcohol content level of .01 or higher. In addition, there were a total of 2,507 drunk driving accidents during 2015 in Oklahoma when the driver had a BAC of .01 or higher. During 2015 in Oklahoma, there were 154 drunk driving-related fatalities when a driver had a BAC of .08 or higher. Overall, drunk driving-related fatalities accounted for 23 percent of traffic fatalities in Oklahoma during 2015.
As summer fast approaches, there may be more individuals on the roadways. Unfortunately, drunk driving car accidents are a reality we live with and a leading cause of death and injury on the roadways. Organizations against drunk driving report that hundreds of victims are killed in drunk driving accidents each year in Oklahoma and that 30 percent of car accident fatalities are related to drunk driving.
Unfortunately, car accidents occur every day, and sometimes children are the victims. Traumatic brain injuries can be suffered by any car accident victim and the outcome can be costly medical treatments and rehabilitation. Six hundred thousand children visit hospitals each year for traumatic brain injuries and many more are treated for less severe TBIs. The costs associated with traumatic brain injuries are significant and can include medical expenses, as well as follow-up and long-term care.
This blog recently discussed texting while driving in Oklahoma. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so it may be a good time for drivers to review tips to help them avoid distracted driving. Distracted Driving Awareness Month began in 2014 when an increase in distracted driving was noticed and is intended to bring awareness to the serious and dangerous issue of distracted driving.
An Oklahoma law aimed at discouraging texting while driving went into effect last year and has resulted in a number of citations. Throughout the state of Oklahoma, 272 citations were issued for texting while driving from November 2015 through the third week of March 2016. In Oklahoma City, 53 citations for the same offense were issued during that same time period.
Tragically, drunk drivers cause accidents that result in injuries, death and harm to victims. The trial for a man accused of killing three people in an Oklahoma City drunk driving accident was recently halted when the man pleaded guilty to three counts of manslaughter. The family of two of the victims expressed relief but noted that the conclusion of the trial did not relieve the pain they have endured.
Unfortunately, car accidents occur each year and cause harm to victims. Motor vehicle accident fatalities increased 8 percent in 2015, according to initial estimates from the National Safety Council. The increase represents the largest yearly increase in 50 years. According to National Safety Council estimates, 38,300 victims were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, and nearly 4 and a half million more victims were seriously injured. The estimates render 2015 the most deadly driving year in the United States since 2008.
The wife of the Oklahoma Thunder assistant coach was recently killed in a car accident in Oklahoma City. The 44-year-old wife of the assistant coach was killed when another car crossed the center line and struck her SUV head on. The assistant coach and his wife had five children. Three of their children were in the SUV at the time of the car accident and suffered injuries, though it was believed their injuries were non-life threatening.
It is no secret that truck drivers cover many miles in their usual course of business. Federal regulations are in place to help ensure truck drivers are driving when rested and not fatigued or distracted. Federal regulations limit number of hours truck drivers can drive in a shift and federal regulations also mandate breaks for truck drivers. Unfortunately, truck drivers and trucking companies do not always follow regulations or other safety precautions and may act negligently, causing a truck accident and the damages associated with a truck accident.