Most people are well aware of the potential dangers of drinking and driving. Though the consumption of alcohol is perfectly legal for adults over the age of 21, driving with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit and underage consumption are not. The risk of having a serious car accident increases significantly when one of the drivers involved is intoxicated. A recent car crash here in Oklahoma took the lives of two people, and police say that an intoxicated, underage driver may be to blame.
The crash happened on a Saturday evening at a local intersection. Police say that a pickup truck heading west was approaching the same intersection as another passenger truck. It is not clear what direction the second truck was traveling, but authorities say that the first truck ran a stop sign and hit the second truck.
Despite the efforts of first responders, two people died at the scene of the crash. One was the driver of the second truck, and it is not clear whether the second victim was also in that vehicle. Three juveniles, including the 19-year-old driver of the first truck, had to be airlifted to a hospital for medical treatment, all of them listed in fair condition. Police say that they have reason to believe that the 19-year-old was intoxicated, but they have not disclosed how they made that determination. Officials have not announced whether they plan to press any criminal charges in connection with this crash.
This type of car accident shows just how quickly life can change, leaving behind grieving families. Besides their emotional turmoil, they may be struggling with unexpected costs often associated with a crash like this, such as funeral expenses or lost income. The best course of action may be to file wrongful death litigation with the assistance of a skilled attorney here in Oklahoma. Doing so may help a family as they struggle to move forward with their lives.