A recent accident in Deer Creek sent five people to the hospital for treatment, including four children. According to Oklahoma law enforcement, the collision occurred as a sports utility vehicle struck another vehicle. The driver of the SUV declined medical treatment, but one child was flown to the hospital for a potentially serious injury.
Victims of car accidents often suffer broken bones, scrapes and bruises. However, it's possible that a serious injury could go unnoticed initially, even though it may ultimately require ongoing medical attention and cause long-term damage. When car accidents cause head injuries or brain damage, Oklahoma victims can face an overwhelming financial burden. Nevertheless, they may have certain legal options to address these issues.
After an accident totaled his car while checking a text message, a former distracted driver is now crusading for laws to ban texting while driving. He avoided serious injury and more severe consequences, and he is now promoting driver safety by encouraging others to put down their phones while behind the wheel. This former distracted driver is making an effort to remind other Oklahoma drivers how dangerous it can be to take their eyes off of the road.
Motorists that regularly drive on Oklahoma roadways may not be aware that police reported 1 million car wrecks due to drivers or pedestrians having a blood alcohol concentration of .01 percent or greater in 2000. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 2,163,210 traffic accidents happened that were not reported to local authorities where alcohol involvement was a factor. Almost 30 people die in accidents like these every single day in America. Every 51 minutes an individual dies from alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.
In 2013, there were more than 33,000 injuries from motor vehicle accidents in Oklahoma. It can be estimated that nearly a third of these injuries likely involved whiplash, a type of injury caused by sudden, traumatic motion of the head and neck. This sudden motion can strain or tear ligaments, muscles and tendons of the upper spine, usually in the neck. Sometimes, there is nerve damage or fractured vertebrae.
On Dec. 22, an 18-year-old driver was charged with multiple offenses in connection with an Oklahoma County car accident. Authorities stated that the 18-year-old driver who caused the crash may have been under the influence of marijuana and methamphetamine when the collision occurred.
According to officers with the Tulsa Police Department, a rear-end collision that occurred on Dec. 14 injured four people. The accident reportedly occurred in the northbound lanes of the highway close to the 36th Street North exit.
According to authorities, a car accident that occurred on Dec. 4 in northwest Oklahoma City has left one person in critical condition. The collision happened when a driver crashed through the front of a 7-11 convenience store. When rescuers arrived at the scene, they discovered that the car was completely inside of the gas station.
According to law enforcement officials, a driver left the scene of an accident after colliding with another vehicle on Oct. 31. The incident reportedly occurred around 5 p.m. on in Norman.