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7 Oklahoma motorists die in car accidents over Christmas

Law enforcers asked Oklahoma motorists to take additional care while driving during the holiday season. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol published information about some of the car accidents that occurred over Christmas. While the authorities encourage safe driving throughout the year, they asked drivers to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol. In addition, high rates of speed and distracted driving should be avoided at this time when most roads carry high volumes of traffic.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says many serious accidents have occurred over the holidays. Seven people lost their lives in fatal accidents over four days around Christmas. On Christmas Eve, an accident in Norman on Highway 9 resulted in three deaths, and on Christmas day, another fatal accident in Oklahoma City caused the death of one person. 

One motorist who called 911 says witnessing a cross-over accident has changed his perception of road safety and made him more aware of the dangers of the road. In this accident, one vehicle crossed the center line and smashed head-on into another vehicle. OHP reported that five people were injured in this accident.

Oklahoma residents who have lost loved ones in car accidents that were caused by the negligence of another party are entitled to pursue recovery of damages brought about by the accident. Injured victims of such accidents may take similar action. They retain the right to file wrongful death or personal injury claims in a civil court. Upon successful presentation of evidence of negligence, the court may award monetary relief to cover medical expenses, end of life costs and other losses sustained as a result of the accident.

Source: news9.com, "Holiday Travel Brings Increase In Deadly Accidents", Justin Dougherty, Dec. 27, 2014

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