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1 Dead In Multiple-Vehicle Accident In Oklahoma

Posted on July 18, 2014

One man was killed in an accident involving multiple vehicles on Rockwell Avenue in Bethany on July 8. The driver of a U-Haul truck involved in the accident was arrested and charged with manslaughter after admitting he had taken methadone the day of the accident.

The fatal car accident took place a little after 4 p.m. after the 28-year-old driver of the U-Haul truck, who was headed south on Rockwell Avenue, crossed over the center line into the path of oncoming traffic. The man collided with several vehicles as he continued on the road until he crashed into a pickup truck. The pickup truck then crashed into a gas meter, which ruptured a gas line.

The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene of the accident after his vehicle exploded and he was engulfed in flames. Police say that they noticed that the driver of the U-Haul had red eyes that were bloodshot, his speech was slurred and he was moving slowly at the scene. Allegedly, the driver told police that he was using methadone, and police arrested him.

In a case like this, the family of the decedent might consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver of the U-Haul truck as it seems likely that he can be held liable for the accident. If the family can show proof of negligence on the part of that driver, for example, and their claim is successful, in Oklahoma, they might receive remuneration for the funeral and burial expenses as well as for loss of companionship and the grief experienced by his surviving family members. They might also be compensated for pecuniary losses, including loss of support based on the age, occupation, earning capacity and health habits of the decedent.

Source: KWTV, “New Details Released In Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash In Bethany“, Matthew Nuttle, July 10, 2014

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