Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs often ends in tragedy. Personal injury up to and including wrongful death are prevalent in such types of cases, as a recent incident in southwest Oklahoma City illustrates. According to a news9.com article, a fatal accident involving a 60-year-old driver who was under-the-influence and a family of four ended with serious injuries befalling two children, one of whom lost his life.
Reportedly, the negligent driver ran into the family’s car while they were stopped at a red light near the intersection of I-240 Service Road and Western Avenue. The family’s car was consequently pushed into the intersection, where it was struck by a third vehicle attempting to make a left hand turn. The impaired driver deemed responsible for the accident then proceeded to crash his own vehicle into a utility pole. The two children in the family car, ages 5 and 3, were both taken to the hospital. However, the 5-year-old boy was unable to recover from his injuries, ultimately losing his life.
Negligent driving practices result in far too many Oklahoma traffic accidents each and every year. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, choosing to travel at speeds in excess of the posted speed limit, or behaving in any other reckless manner are all considered negligent behavior. Any individual found guilty of exhibiting reckless or negligent driving may be held liable for compensatory damages to be paid out to accident victims in a court of law. In the above mentioned tragedy, the man responsible for the accident faces a variety of charges, including DUI. However, accident victims may be able to hold the man monetarily accountable for his actions as well.
At the Maples Law Firm, our skilled Oklahoma personal injury attorneys will hold negligent parties accountable for the actions that contributed towards your accident, seeking compensatory damages on your behalf. Such compensation can help cover the costs associated with your accident, such as medical bills, physical therapy fees, and even lost wages. Call us today at 1-888-429-0609 for a free consultation of your case, and we will fight to ensure that your rights as an accident victim are upheld in court of law.