Early on a recent Sunday morning, a tragic crash claimed the lives of two residents of Pushmataha County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that this was one of many SUV accidents that occur on state roads. This crash happened shortly before 5 a.m. on SH 3 not far from Ada.
According to an accident report, a 33-year-old Pauls Valley driver, a 44-year-old passenger and a 27-year-old passenger were eastbound in an SUV. For reasons not yet determined, this driver allegedly swerved left of the center line. Reportedly, this vehicle crashed head-on into a westbound SUV that was occupied by three Antlers residents — ages 44, 27 and 61.
Two of these women lost their lives, and their deaths were pronounced at the accident scene. The 61-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries to her leg. After she was rushed to a local hospital, she was airlifted to a medical facility in Oklahoma City. Officials reported that the driver who crossed over the center and his two passengers suffered no injuries.
While crash investigators are looking into the circumstances that led to this collision, the surviving family members of the two women who lost their lives may pursue wrongful death claims in an Oklahoma civil court. Similarly, the injured victim may pursue financial relief. Following SUV accidents — or any other road accidents — wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits may be filed. If negligence can be established, the court will adjudicate all documented claims for economic losses suffered along with emotional damages sustained. After this process, monetary judgments may be entered.