A hit and run pedestrian accident left a man dead Monday night in Midwest City. Gauge Murphy, 23, died following a collision in the 1200 block of N. Air Depot. A witness told police that an SUV collided with Murphy before leaving the scene. Officers eventually located the SUV and noted heavy body damage. Police questioned the female driver and performed toxicology tests before releasing her. No charges were filed as of Monday evening. Murphy was wearing dark clothing when the accident occurred and was in an area with poor lighting. It is unclear if police plan to pursue charges against the SUV driver.
Oklahoma Pedestrian Accident
A pedestrian accident will usually have severe consequences. A pedestrian does not enjoy the protections and safety features provided by a vehicle. As a result, they often suffer the full impact of vehicle collisions. Broken bones, head trauma and death are common outcomes in a hit and run pedestrian accident.
There are many reasons why pedestrian accidents occur. Sometimes drivers violate traffic laws and run stop signs or drive recklessly. Other times drivers are inattentive or not paying attention to their surroundings. Pedestrians can also be legally responsible for their own accidents if their negligence was partly the cause for the accident.
Oklahoma has a complex set of rules regarding negligence. Our comparative negligence laws mean that accident victims may recover for some, all or none of their injuries depending on their level of fault or responsibility. In cases such as the one involving Gauge Murphy it is likely that the pedestrian’s negligence will be an issue.
An experienced Oklahoma pedestrian accident lawyer knows the laws and the most effective strategy to maximize your recovery. At the McGuire Law Firm, we have experience helping pedestrians who have been injured by automobiles. If you have a pedestrian accident case, please call us at 888-352-0624 as soon as possible.