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Distraction and Drugged Driving to Blame for Fatal Oklahoma Car Accident

by Staff

Each year, hundreds of thousands of motor vehicle collisions occur in the state of Oklahoma. Large portions of those accidents are caused by drivers who are intoxicated or distracted while behind the wheel. The Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers state that a crash that occurred last month in Oklahoma City was the result of both contributing factors.

An article from FOX 25 News claims the incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 9, at the intersection of NE 10th Street and Standish. Reports indicate the 31-year-old driver of a vehicle was under the influence of drugs as he approached the intersection. Just before reaching the crossing he looked down at his phone and, while distracted, plowed into the rear-end of a vehicle being driven by a 27-year-old man.

The impact of the collision claimed the driver of the stopped car’s life. The driver responsible for the crash was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence as well as causing an accident without a license.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks posed by driving while intoxicated or distracted. J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of these dangers and would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the man who was recently killed.

Drunk Driver Sentenced for Causing Fatal Oklahoma Car Accident

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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.

Alcohol Blamed For Crash That Injured Two Oklahoma Teens

by jcl

Two Oklahoma teens are lucky to be alive after a single-vehicle accident this past weekend. According to reports from The Enid News-Eagle, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers believe that alcohol may be to blame for the crash.

Reports of the incident indicate that the crash happened around 2:00 a.m. Sunday on E 0530 Road, just west of Highway 58. A 17-year-old male was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when he veered into a ditch on the far side of the rural road. The driver over corrected, causing the vehicle to roll twice and eject a passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver then backed out of the ditch and attempted to flee the scene just before rolling the vehicle down an embankment on the east side of the road.

The 17-year-old passenger who was ejected was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City in critical condition after suffering injuries to his head, legs, arms, and torso. The driver of the truck was last listed in stable condition with head, arm, and leg injuries.

Troopers who are investigating the accident say that there was an odor of alcohol on the driver when they arrived on the scene, and charges against the driver are pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers encourage parents to have an open dialogue about the dangers of drunk driving with your teens.