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Traffic accidents take many lives in Oklahoma

Sadly, losses of life are not a terribly uncommon thing out on Oklahoma's roads. This can be seen in the state's fatal crash statistics for last year.

Oklahoma saw 621 fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2013. These accidents caused 678 deaths. Drivers made up about two-thirds of those killed. The age group that saw the highest number of traffic deaths in Oklahoma was the 21-25 age groups; 72 people in this age group were killed in accidents.

Here are some of the 2013 traffic fatality statistics for the counties in our area:

  • Kay County saw 12 deaths.
  • Noble County saw eight deaths.
  • Osage County saw six deaths.
  • Pawnee County saw five deaths.

While accident fatality statistics serve the very important role of showing how serious of a problem traffic crashes are, they do have a major shortcoming. This is that they can be a little disconnected from the human and emotional aspects of the matter and can make it easy to forget the massive amount of harm each individual traffic death causes. Thus, when looking at accident fatality numbers, it is important to keep in mind that fatal traffic accidents deprive real people of their lives and cause real families great emotional and financial pain.

Experienced car accident attorneys understand the great amount of pain a fatal auto accident can cause to a family and can provide families with compassionate assistance when it comes to the legal issues that can come up in relation to such accidents, such as the issue of whether a wrongful death case should be pursued.

One hopes that the state and all drivers in the state will do everything they can to help lower the occurrence of traffic fatalities in Oklahoma.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Highway Safety Office, "Fatalities in Crashes (2013)," Accessed Oct. 23, 2014

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