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Teenager Dies After Multi-Vehicle Crash

Posted on September 5, 2014

Charles Alred Personal Injury LawyerAn accident on Oklahoma’s Muskogee Turnpike resulted in the death of a young woman from Utah on Aug. 22. According to a representative of the Oklahoma State Police, the 3-vehicle accident in Wagoner County remains under investigation.

Police reports indicate that a van driven by a 53-year-old Greenwood man allegedly made an illegal U-turn in front of a semi traveling in the same direction, initiating a chain-reaction involving two other vehicles. The truck driver attempted to brake when a passenger bus struck the semi from behind and forced it into the van.

13 people were involved in the crash, and 12 were transported to area hospitals for treatment. A 19-year-old female passenger in the van was not using a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, according to reports. She died at a Tulsa area hospital the following day at about 9:15 a.m. There were four other passengers in the van, and they were taken to hospitals in Tulsa. Passengers in the bus also suffered injuries. The truck driver was uninjured in the accident, according to Oklahoma State Police.

A driver is obligated to exert caution when operating a motor vehicle. Disobeying traffic laws as in this case may cause injury and death to others. The family of someone killed by a negligent driver may experience financial burden due to medical bills and funeral costs in addition to their loss. They may seek recourse in a civil court by filing a wrongful death suit. In such a situation, an attorney may offer the family assistance by reviewing crash reconstruction reports, police reports and the accounts of other people involved in the accident to build a strong case for negligence.

Source: 5 News, “Teen Killed After Accident on Muskogee Turnpike“, Meredith Baldwin, August 23, 2014

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