A recent Saturday afternoon in November has left at least three families grieving. A head-on collision between two motor vehicles in Oklahoma resulted in the death of five people and left the only survivor critically injured. While these families are surely struggling to deal with their loss, highway police are investigating the accident.
Authorities reported that the driver of the one vehicle was traveling north when he crossed into the southbound lane and collided head-on with the second vehicle. It is unclear what caused the driver to cross into the opposite lanes. Both the 35-year-old driver and his 34-year-old passenger were killed.
The impact caused the second vehicle to leave the road and then roll. Both husband and wife traveling in the second vehicle died on the scene of the accident. Two boys, aged 13 and 14, were passengers in the second car. The younger passenger passed away on the way to a hospital due to the severity of the injuries he suffered. The 14-year-old was admitted to the hospital with severe injuries to his head and body and was reported to be in a critical condition.
Should an investigation into the accident in Oklahoma confirm that negligence by the driver of the first vehicle was the root cause of the accident, the families of the other deceased victims may choose to file a wrongful death claim. In the case of the injured boy, a personal injury claim may be filed. Should the claims be successful, the families of the deceased and the seriously injured boy may find that any money awarded could provide them with some relief as they work to cope with their immense loss.
Source: tulsaworld.com, "OHP: 5 people killed in head-on crash on U.S. 169 in Nowata County", Nov. 23, 2014