Getting into a car accident is never easy or something you can just blow off as unimportant. Being hit by another vehicle happens more often than you might think. In 2013, there were 69,430 car accidents in Oklahoma alone. This is an increase of 1.8 percent from 2012. It seems that driving defensively may not be enough.
There were 621 fatal crashes in this time period. That is so sad because it may be avoidable. When you involve poor driving conditions such as rain and fog, and distracted driving due to cellphone usage, this can be a recipe for disaster.
Sometimes, no matter what you do, a car accident is something that happens. If this has happened to you, you know how devastating it can be.
Of the 621 fatal crashes in 2013, there were 678 fatalities in all. This is a jump of 4.2 percent or 708 from 2012.
The reported number of injuries in Oklahoma for car accidents in 2013 is 22,802. This is actually a decrease from 2012. There were 33,721 in the previous year to 2013.
When one of the drivers is alcohol impaired, the chances of being injured go up astronomically. Ironically, the drunk driver may not be injured but you can bet that the driver and passengers in the other car probably will be. In fact, 5.5 percent of all crashes were alcohol related in the state of Oklahoma in 2013.
Another interesting statistic is that 66.7 percent of all alcohol related crashes were in the daylight. You might think that 2 a.m. would be a more natural time since this is when most bars close down, but that doesn't prove true for this state.
Calling in an attorney when you have been injured in a car accident can be reassuring. They will listen to the facts of the case and let you know what your options are. Sometimes, those options mean letting the lawyer deal with insurance companies and other times it may mean bringing the case to court.
Source: Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, "2013 Crash Facts," accessed July 21, 2015