Inattention May Have Contributed To Fatal Accident
Police say distracted driving had a role in a recent two-vehicle crash at an intersection in Calera, Oklahoma, that killed a 13-year-old girl and sent her mother and younger brother to a hospital by emergency airlift.
The three were in a car that was struck by a pickup truck whose driver was on his way home from a casino, according to news accounts. The pickup driver was charged with manslaughter and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Although details were not complete, authorities think the driver was distracted at the time of the crash.
Before emergency crews arrived on the scene, several citizens rushed to the intersection and tried to help the victims.
The case not only highlights the dangers of distracted driving but also exemplifies the tragedy of the deaths of children in traffic accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for children. In 2009, according to the CDC, 1,314 children ages 14 and younger died in traffic crashes, and about 179,000 were injured.
Vehicle safety features and child safety seats are very effective in preventing kids from dying in car accidents, and Oklahoma public safety officials are working hard to get people to make the most of these measures. The Injury Prevention Service in Oklahoma City publishes educational materials and lobbies for better road safety. The agency seeks to reduce accidents, encourage motorcycle helmet use, get communities to toughen the enforcement of seat belt laws and make sure parents are using child safety seats properly.
The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers at Burch, George & Germany, P.C., provide legal representation to injury victims in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Norman. Our aggressive trial lawyers represent clients who have been harmed in car accidents, truck crashes, motorcycle crashes, and other collisions. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.
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