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Tragic accident takes the lives of 6 teenagers

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2022 | Car Accidents

There are many different things that can cause a car accident. Inclement weather, driver negligence and hazardous road conditions can all lead to serious accidents, some with severe injuries to drivers and passengers. Sometimes, accidents happen due to driver inexperience, especially when teenage drivers are involved. But whatever the reason for the accident, the aftermath can devastate families of those injured or killed.

How the accident happened

One afternoon, a group of six local high school girls from Tishomingo were traveling on a nearby roadway in a small Chevrolet car. The girls were on lunch break and were around a mile from their school when the accident occurred. The driver, a 16-year-old, attempted a turn onto a highway. The car was struck by an oncoming truck carrying rocks. All six occupants of the Chevrolet car were killed on impact.

The driver and front passenger of the compact car were wearing seatbelts, but the four teenage girls in the back were not. In Oklahoma, it’s not illegal for backseat passengers over 7 years of age to ride in a vehicle without a seat belt. The driver of the truck was uninjured in the accident. Investigators are considering many factors to better understand what caused the collision.

Legal assistance in tragic circumstances

Understandably, losing someone in a car accident is very traumatic for surviving family members. Car accidents occur every day in Oklahoma for many different reasons. When driver negligence is involved, the injured or their surviving family members may have the option to pursue a personal injury claim against the party or parties deemed to have been at fault.