Distracted Driving in Oklahoma
Distracted Driving in Oklahoma
Jan 6 2019 0

Oklahoma Distracted Driver Accident

Distracted driving has become an ever-growing threat to drivers in Oklahoma. Due mostly to the huge advancements that have been made by cellular technology, Oklahoma drivers are in more and more peril each day on its roadways. According to a recent study done by the United States Department of Transportation, just glimpsing at your phone for a few seconds while driving at a speed of 55 miles per hour is tantamount to driving the entire length of a football field while being blindfolded. With the ever-growing number of apps and features available on cell phones, this is a temptation whose risk seems like it is just going to keep on growing. If you have been injured in a car accident that you feel may have been caused by a distracted driver, you need to reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Distracted Driving in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Distracted Driver Accident Statistics

In 2016, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office gathered statistics that showed the following:

  • 10% of all fatal crashes involve a distracted driver. There were 11 in 2016
  • 20% of all crashes that result in injury involve a distracted driver. There were 662 in 2016
  • Fridays have the highest rates for accidents that involve distracted driving
  • Distracted driving accidents are the highest among drivers aged 16 to 25. 26 to 35-year-olds are the group with the second highest number of accidents
  • Crashes involving distracted driving most frequently occur from 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Causes of Distracted Driving

Use of mobile phones and doing things like texting, sending emails, and watching videos are remarkably common causes of accidents involving distracted driving. There are also other examples of distracted driving, such as:

  • Eating and/or drinking behind the wheel
  • Changing your radio station/MP3 player/CD changer
  • Reading maps, etc. while driving
  • Using a navigation system while behind the wheel
  • Talking to passengers/turning your head away from the road
  • Basic grooming functions, like applying lipstick or brushing your hair
  • Watching videos

Oklahoma Laws on Distracted Driving

  • Texting while driving is a primary offense in Oklahoma. This means that police officers are able to pull over and cite drivers they see texting while driving, even if the driver has not committed any additional driving infractions
  • Drivers are permitted to use any device that is physically integrated with their vehicle
  • Drivers are permitted to use any voice-operated GPS or navigation system that is attached to the vehicle
  • Drivers are permitted to use hands-free devices that let the driver read, write, or send texts without using either hand

If you or someone that you love has been injured as the result of a traffic collision that you think might have been caused by distracted driving, then you need to solicit immediate legal representation. An experienced personal injury attorney will know which course of action is the best to take for the best result in your case. The personal injury attorneys at the McGuire Law Firm have the skill and the commitment that you will need to win your case. Do not speak to the insurance companies or sign any papers without first consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney. If you do, you could negatively affect the outcome of your case. Don’t add the stress of severe financial burdens on top of everything else that you are dealing with after a car accident. We seek the maximum amount in damages that you are entitled to under Oklahoma law. For a free consultation, please reach out to McGuire Law Group by calling (405) 513-5658 and speaking to a personal injury attorney today.

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