A relaxing afternoon drive almost turned deadly for three people who were injured last Thursday in a two-car collision near Fort Gibson. The Muskogee Phoenix reported the incident occurred around 5:00 PM at the intersection of 2 Mile Road and US 62.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesperson Trooper Ron Watson stated a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu driven by a 24-year-old woman was cruising southbound on 2 Mile Road, crossing through the intersection with US 62. Before she could clear the intersection, a 1994 Mazda driven by a 47-year-old man, heading east on US 62, smashed into the front passenger side of the Malibu. The male passenger in the front seat of the Malibu was severely injured and had to be transported to an area hospital by helicopter, while the drivers of both vehicles were taken to Talequah City Hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators say all victims were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, and airbags deployed in both vehicles. These two safety features combined may have saved the victims’ lives. The National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration (NHTSA) reported that between 2004 and 2008, seat belts saved an estimated 75,000 lives and say use of seat belts along with proper deployment of airbags can exponentially increase chances of survival in a crash.
The Oklahoma Auto Accident Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers encourage you to contact them immediately if you have been injured in a car crash that was no fault of your own. They may be able to help you reach a settlement involving compensation for numerous types of losses.