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Possibly Distracted Truck Driver Fails to See Prior Accident

Posted on July 16, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Truck Accidents on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Many drivers understand the angst that occurs when their vehicles are somehow disabled on the road, especially when the traffic is moving at highway speeds. Often, the vehicle’s driver is able to get it onto the shoulder or even off the highway safely. If the vehicle is disabled due to an accident, it may come to rest in the lane of travel, and before it can be moved off the road, another vehicle strikes it. This was the case in a recent crash on one of Oklahoma’s turnpikes. It started with a disabled vehicle and ended with a possibly distracted truck driver plowing through the initial crash.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the first vehicle was involved in an accident and was disabled in the roadway. A second vehicle came upon the wreckage and crashed into it. The two occupants of the second car got out to survey the damage, then a tractor-trailer blew through the cars.

The semi truck hit the two people from the second car. They both suffered fatal injuries to which they succumbed at the scene. The two people who were in the first vehicle escaped without injury. The truck driver and his passenger were treated and released for the injuries they suffered in the accident.

The family of the two deceased victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims against the potentially distracted truck driver, his employer and possibly others. Before any request for damages will be considered by the court, it must first rule that one or more parties caused or contributed to the deaths of the family’s loved ones. If the evidence leads to a determination of liability, the damages sought may be awarded.

Source: NewsOn6.com, “OHP: 2 Dead After Semi Hits Turnpike Pedestrians At Previous Accident Scene“, July 4, 2015

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