Oklahoma Car Accidents Caused By Distracted Driving Becoming Major Problem

by Staff

Distracted driving is quickly becoming a major problem along interstates and highways in Oklahoma. Data indicates that in 2011, as many as 3,300 people were killed and another 387,000 injured by an Oklahoma Car Crash caused by a distracted driver.

One such accident that occurred earlier this month was responsible for claiming the life of a 28-year-old man and leaving two other motorists seriously injured. According to an article from Oklahoma’s News 9, the crash happened at approximately 12:45 a.m. Saturday, July 20, on West 151st Street S. in Glenpool, Oklahoma.

Police believe the man took his eyes off of the road for a moment, which allowed his vehicle to veer across the median of the highway. The vehicle then struck an oncoming 2000 Chevy Lumina head-on before rolling several times.

The distracted driver was killed on impact, while two passengers in the other vehicle sustained injuries requiring transportation to a local hospital for further treatment.

The state is combating distracted driving accidents by enacting laws that ban young drivers and bus drivers from using cellphones while at the wheel. But many experts believe better public awareness may be a better way to eliminate the problem.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers urge motorists to put their phones down while driving, and ask that they encourage others to do the same.