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Officials Hope to Reduce Oklahoma Car Accidents Through Infrastructure Improvements

by Staff

The risk of being involved in a car accident is a serious danger for the citizens of Oklahoma. In fact, estimates show there were a total of 70,669 crashes in the state during 2012 alone. The state is hoping to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with Oklahoma Car Accidents by upgrading the infrastructure of several key locations on Oklahoma highways.

An article from the Tulsa World explains a total of six sections of Oklahoma roadways have been selected to have a cable barrier system installed. The system works to stop crashing vehicles by entangling and snaring the wreckage, rather than creating a wall like a guardrail system. Research has proven these systems effective in reducing auto accident fatalities and injuries.

The federal government will foot the $1.9 million price tag on the 30-mile project. Work is expected to be complete by the end of June.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is also working to correct cracks that have formed in the US 77/Oklahoma 39 bridge that connects Purcell and Lexington.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers are happy to see improvements being made to the state’s highways in order to improve safety and are hopeful to see more of these actions in the future.

Oklahoma Car Accident Seriously Injures Three People

by Staff

Three people were left seriously injured after a car crash late last week. According to The Norman Transcript, the crash occurred at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night at the intersection of North Porter Avenue and East Franklin Road.

Reports from the Norman Police Department indicated that the driver of a small car carrying one other passenger was attempting to make a left turn at the intersection when the driver of a minivan failed to come to a halt at a stop sign and slammed into the driver’s side of the car.

Rescue crews had to transport the driver of the car to a University of Oklahoma hospital to be treated for critical injuries from the Oklahoma car accident, while the car’s passenger was treated for less severe injuries. The minivan driver was taken to a local hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident.

Investigators say they will continue to look into what contributing factors may have led to the accident.

The Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers point out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Report shows that more than 2.3 million Americans reported accidents at intersections in 2008, resulting in nearly 8,000 fatalities. More than 750 of those deaths were attributed to drivers who failed to stop for a red light or stop sign.

Drunk Driver Sentenced for Causing Fatal Oklahoma Car Accident

by Staff

A 25-year-old Norman, Oklahoma, repeat drunk driver was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder charges stemming from a fatal May 2010 car accident. The Oklahoma News reports the man now faces a 12-year prison sentence followed by eight-years of supervision upon his release.

Court documents indicate the drunk driver was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate-235 at around 2 a.m. when he collided with another vehicle. The car that he struck spun several times before hitting a retaining wall and killing a young female passenger instantly.

An investigation into the Oklahoma Car Accident determined the young man had a blood alcohol level more than three times above the state’s legal limit. Officers also discovered it was not the man’s first time being caught driving under the influence. A year before the fatal accident, he was convicted of DUI in Cleveland County and received a deferred sentence from the judge.

Data collected by the non-profit organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), shows a drunk driver will get behind the wheel approximately 80 times before being caught and nearly one-third of convicted drunk drivers will continue to get behind the wheel with a revoked license.

The Oklahoma City Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers hope that the decision will help bring closure to the families who have been impacted by this senseless accident.

Officer critically injured in Oklahoma car accident

by jcl

The Oklahoman reported that an off-duty deputy was hospitalized in critical condition at St. John’s Regional Medical Center after a one-car Oklahoma auto accident. According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, speed and alcohol were both factors in the car accident.

The 35-year-old deputy was placed in an induced coma after suffering a broken back and potentially a broken neck. The driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a road sign, which caused his car to flip over twice, coming to rest upside down. The driver was thrown 42 feet from the vehicle in the Oklahoma auto accident.

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http://newsok.com/article/3171074/1195510139

Two dead, one injured in Oklahoma auto accident

by jcl

An Oklahoma car accident killed two people Thursday in a two-vehicle collision, according to the Tulsa World. The auto accident happened about 2:30 p.m. when the SUV they were in crossed the center line and hit another SUV head-on.

The two Oklahoma auto accident victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was flown to Norman Regional Hospital to be treated for his car accident injuries. He suffered head, arm, and leg injuries according to troopers.

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http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectID=12&articleID=071117_1_A16_spanc10332