Unfortunately, it appears that 2015 got off to a rather rocky start here in Oklahoma when it comes to fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Recently, some statistics came out from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol regarding how many deadly traffic crashes there were statewide this January. According to the statistics, that month saw 59 such accidents.
The first month of last year did not see this many fatal auto accidents. In January 2014, there were only 48 such crashes statewide.
One hopes that this year-over-year increase in deadly accidents this January is just a blip and not a sign of things to come over the rest of the year.
As is often the case with auto accident increases, it is not clear exactly why fatal traffic accidents were up this January as compared to last year. One thing that may have been a contributing factor is what the weather was like this January. According to a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, January saw warmer days than typical this year and, consequently, more people were out and about. Increased traffic volume can sometimes lead to more accidents.
One of the reasons it is hard to figure out what specifically is behind trends when it comes to fatal crash totals is that there are so many different things that can contribute to a fatal auto accident. This can also pose problems when it comes to families of fatal auto accident victims trying to find answers regarding what exactly happened in the accident that took their loved one. Personal injury attorneys understand the challenges that can come in relation to trying to pin down the cause of a fatal crash, and can help families of fatal crash victims in their search for answers. They can also keep such families informed of where they sit as far as legal options go.
Source: The Duncan Banner, "Fatal traffic accidents on the rise in Oklahoma," Rachel Snyder, March 4, 2015