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Oklahoma Motorcyclist Dies in Accident, Alcohol Suspected

Posted on May 11, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Anyone who drives Interstate 35 south of the Oklahoma capitol knows that it has been in various stages of construction for some time. The traffic patterns on the interstate and the roadways around it — such as S.H. 9 — can make navigating a challenge at times, especially if the driver is impaired. This means that every driver and motorcyclist needs to be extra cautious in these areas, reduce their speed and pay attention to the signs designed to guide drivers through the area.

At around 12:35 a.m., an accident was reported near the northbound on ramp of Interstate 35 and S.H. 9 west, which is part of the current interstate construction zone. When police arrived, they discovered a motorcycle rider in the grass near the roadway. The 29-year-old Oklahoma man suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a local hospital. Unfortunately, he did not survive.

The 24-year-old driver of the car involved in the accident survived, but not without suffering unknown injuries for which she was also taken to the same hospital — Norman Regional Hospital. Police have not yet released the cause of the crash. However, the Texas woman was taken into custody and faces charges of driving under the influence and first-degree manslaughter.

In addition to the criminal charges, the family of the motorcyclist retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. In order for the family to establish the woman’s negligence, which is required in order for the court to consider an award of damages, any conviction secured in connection with the crash may be used as evidence in civil court. If negligence is proved, the court may enter a monetary judgment in favor of the family, which could provide them with restitution for the financial losses incurred as a result of the premature death of their loved one.

Source: koco.com, “Woman charged with manslaughter in connection with fatal motorcycle accident“, May 4, 2015

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