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Police Search for Vehicle in Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Posted on September 16, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Changing lanes seems like a simple enough maneuver for Oklahoma drivers, and it is when a driver is paying attention and does it safely. However, when a driver is distracted, impaired or otherwise not paying attention to the flow of traffic, changing lanes can have devastating consequences. Police are currently searching for a vehicle whose lane change led to a fatal motorcycle accident.

The first reports from troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol state that at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, a motorcycle was heading southbound on Interstate 35. Another vehicle also heading in the same direction made an abrupt lane change directly in front of the motorcycle. Since the vehicles were traveling at highway speeds, it may not be surprising that this unexpected maneuver by the car caused the rider of the motorcycle to lose control of the bike. A semi-truck also in the southbound lanes of the Interstate then struck him. The car believed to have caused the crash fled the scene.

The motorcycle rider died because of the injuries he suffered in the accident. Troopers describe the vehicle as a brown sedan with Texas license plate number CFG-8702. Anyone with information about this vehicle and/or its driver is asked to contact OHP.

The identity of the driver of that vehicle will also be needed by the family of the deceased motorcycle rider in order to exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible for the death of their loved one. If the court rules that the victim was killed due to the negligence of another party, it may then consider awarding damages typically seen in fatal motorcycle accident deaths. Any restitution received could provide help with the financial impact the victim’s premature death may have on his family.

Source: newsok.com, “Motorcycle driver killed in I-35 crash with tractor-trailer, one motorist leaves scene“, Sept. 9, 2015

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