Traffic accidents are common in Oklahoma. The frequency of this type of accident makes it safe to assume that you, or someone you are familiar with, may have been involved in one or more.
While road accidents occur due to many reasons, the effects can range from minor scratches or skin abrasions to life-threatening injuries which can lead to death. In most cases, however, minor rear-end collisions at a stop will most likely not result in such catastrophic injuries.
Fatal Accidents On Oklahoma Roads
Oklahoma roads witness several vehicle accidents annually. Some of such accidents have resulted in nothing more than vehicle damages while in some cases, fatal injuries have caused life-threatening injuries.
The state’s statistics reveal that an upward of 600 people die annually due to motor vehicle accidents on the roads. While these accidents are rarely caused by minor collisions, below are some of the deadliest types of accidents accounting for a huge number of road accident deaths in the state.
- 18-wheeler accidents – Semi-trucks pose a higher risk of danger to other road users and several factors attribute to this. One of the biggest factors that put other road users at risk against semi-trucks is the size comparison. Putting the size of the semi-truck into perspective, other factors such as difficulty in braking, slowing down and halting, or maneuverability becomes evident. In a collision between a normal-sized car and a semi-truck, it is evident that the normal-sized car and its occupant(s) will be the biggest losers.
- Head-on collision – This type of accident occurs due to serious errors on the part of the driver. Accidents such as this may arise due to distracted driving, drunk driving, mechanical errors and other factors. Whether the driver was driving on the wrong side of the road or he/she veered out of the correct lane, the result of a head-on collision accident can be catastrophic. Causing many deaths, this type of accident can also lead to severe injuries.
- Side impact collision – any accident that involves a direct impact to the side of the car, whether the driver side or the passenger side, will result in deadlier consequences. Depending on the force of impact, a T-bone accident may lead to instant death or serious injuries.
How can a personal injury lawyer help?
When you or a loved one has been involved in such an accident as this, it is understandable that the first line of action may not be to pursue a lawsuit. However, as the tension dissipates, you must seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney to protect your rights and interests.
While many people automatically believe hiring an attorney is only valuable when there is a lawsuit on the table, your attorney can help in many more ways. Your attorney will aim to make you whole in any way that is legally available and this may be in the form of a lawsuit or sometimes, settlement negotiation with insurance companies.
Your attorney can also help you to determine whether you have a lawsuit to pursue and how best to approach the case while protecting your interest and strategically positioning your case for the best possible outcome.
Contact – Cannon & Associates: Oklahoma Fierce Advocates for Personal Injury
Fatal vehicle accidents can lead to life-changing injuries that can be temporary or permanent. In some cases, such accidents may lead to the death of the accident victim. In such vehicle accident cases as this, you need an experienced and fierce attorney like Cannon & Associates to represent your interest both before insurance companies and in a court of law.
Cannon & Associates is dedicated to Fierce Advocacy for accident victims and will fight to protect your interests and uphold your rights. Founder John Cannon has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top 40 under 40. Contact Cannon & Associates by completing the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at 1(405) 657-2323 for a free confidential case evaluation.