Driving and speeding without wearing a seat belt are two of the most common causes of fatalities in car crashes listed by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both of these factors contributed to the death of a Seminole, Oklahoma, woman when her car veered off the road and flipped early Monday morning.
According to Oklahoma’s 9 News, the woman was traveling on Interstate 40 in Pottawatomie County in her 2002 Ford Explorer just after 2:30 in the morning. Authorities say the vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason and rolled. Neither the driver nor her passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and both were thrown from the vehicle. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene from trauma suffered in the crash, while her passenger was taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City to be treated for numerous injuries to her shoulder, neck, back, and leg. Oklahoma State Troopers determined the cause of the crash to be unsafe speed on wet road conditions.
The Oklahoma auto accident attorneys with J.Colbert Injury Lawyers know that these common contributing factors to fatal accidents are easily controllable by drivers. They say the best way to keep you and your passengers safe is through leading by example. Statistics show that drivers who buckle up are more likely to have passengers who do the same. Following this simple step as well as slowing down could save your life or that of another person on the road.