When an Oklahoma driver fails to remain in the traffic lane in which he or she is driving, the lives of other road users are threatened. Crossing over the center line can be caused by various factors, such as distractions, drowsiness, fatigue or swerving for objects on the roadway. It is not uncommon for fatal motor vehicle accidents to follow the crossing of a vehicle into the opposite lanes of traffic.
Two lives were lost in a crash on Highway 177 in Garvin County on a recent Saturday when a 19-year-old driver failed to remain in the lane in which she was traveling. She reportedly drove across the center line and the pickup truck she was driving struck a trailer that was being hauled by another pickup that was heading in the opposite direction. Her truck continued moving and smashed head-on into a third truck that left the highway and flipped over.
This was followed by another collision when a fourth vehicle struck the truck of the wrong way driver. She was ejected from her truck and reportedly died at the accident scene. The 56-year-old driver whose vehicle rolled over was trapped in the wreck for a significant period before she was extricated. She suffered severe injuries to which she succumbed at the hospital. Two children and an adult in another vehicle were also hospitalized for treatment of injuries suffered in this multi-car crash.
Following fatal motor vehicle accidents, those who lost loved ones may pursue financial relief through the Oklahoma justice system. Wrongful death claims may be filed against the driver deemed responsible, or that driver’s estate if he or she did not survive the crash. Negligence will have to be established before the court will consider documented claims for emotional and financial losses. Once financial liability is determined, monetary recovery may be awarded.