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Police Say Merging Vehicle Caused Car Accidents

Posted on May 26, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Many drivers would agree that one of the most dangerous times on the highway is when a vehicle is merging. If a driver is not careful, he or she could merge directly into the path of another, often faster, vehicle. Police in Tulsa say this is what led to a car crash after which one driver is lucky to be alive.

Reports indicate that a pickup truck was traveling west on Highway 75 when another vehicle began merging onto the highway at the 23rd Street bridge in West Tulsa. When the vehicle merged, it abruptly moved into the pickup truck’s lane. The driver of the pickup swerved to avoid colliding with the car.

The driver managed to avoid hitting the car, but smashed through the bridge railing and plummeted 30 feet toward the ground below. The pickup landed on its roof on top of some construction equipment. Amazingly, the driver survived with non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a Tulsa area hospital by emergency services personnel.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the car that cut him off did not have insurance or even a valid driver’s license. Whether any criminal charges will be filed against the driver was not reported. It took road crews several hours to repair the railing of the bridge.

Even though the pickup truck driver’s injuries did not threaten his life, that does not mean he is not facing a significant recovery time. As the medical bills and lost wages add up, his financial situation could deteriorate. Since the other driver appears to have been uninsured, the victim may investigate his own insurance coverage with regard to a potential under-insured or uninsured motorist claim. That does not mean, however, that he is not entitled to a judgment for monetary damages from the other driver if he can prove to the court that the injuries suffered were due to the negligent acts of that person. Any monies received could help defray the financial losses brought about by the car crash.

Source: newson6.com, “Crash Sends Pickup Off Bridge In West Tulsa“, Russell Hulstine, May 15, 2015

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