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Police Working to Determine What Caused Fatal Car Accident

Posted on June 1, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Monday, June 1, 2015.

Any number of factors could divert a Tulsa driver’s attention from the road. Impairment, cell phone use, fatigue and other factors are often cited as factors in car accidents. It is up to law enforcement officials to determine what factors caused a serious or fatal car accident in order to determine whether the driver believed to be responsible should face criminal charges.

Police in a city located in the Tulsa metropolitan area are faced with this task after a recent head-on collision. Preliminary reports suggest that, at approximately 9 p.m., a southbound vehicle either drifted or veered into the opposing lane of travel. Unfortunately, there was a northbound vehicle in its path, and the southbound vehicle slammed into it.

Even though Broken Arrow police say the northbound driver was wearing his seat belt, it was not enough to save his life. He succumbed to injuries at the scene. The other driver, who is believed to have caused the crash, suffered serious injuries that were not specified. No further information regarding the crash or pending charges, if any, was reported.

Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed against the surviving driver, the family of the deceased victim may still file a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with the fatal car accident. Establishing negligence on the part of the wrong-way driver is essential to the success of a civil claim. The court will not consider an award of damages until and unless it is proved that the fatal victim’s death was caused by the negligence of the party or parties sued.

Source: newson6.com, “Driver Killed In Broken Arrow Head-On Crash“, Russell Hulstine, May 21, 2015

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