Pedestrians who are walking along the Oklahoma highways will always be vulnerable. Not all drivers keep a lookout for pedestrians, and it is not uncommon for lives to be lost. One of many fatal motor vehicle accidents involving a pedestrian was recently reported from Tulsa.
The accident report that was prepared by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol indicates that a 54-year old man was walking along Interstate 44 in the early morning hours on a recent weekend. Reportedly, a vehicle that was operated by a 27-year-old driver struck the pedestrian. The injured victim was transported to a hospital with internal trauma along with head and arm injuries. Sadly, he did not survive, and his death was pronounced upon arrival at the medical facility.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said the driver of the car appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and he was taken to a hospital. He was arrested upon release from the hospital where he had received treatment for minor injuries. Troopers then booked him into the County jail. They reported that a passenger in that car apparently fled the accident scene prior to the arrival of OHP.
Following fatal motor vehicle accidents in which pedestrians lose their lives, the surviving loved ones will likely experience economic difficulties when they are faced with end-of-life arrangements and other financial damages. The sudden loss of income may contribute to unanticipated financial instability. They retain the right to pursue claims for monetary recovery through the Oklahoma civil justice system. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in a civil court where documented claims will be considered for a monetary judgment after appropriate proof of negligence has been established.