Driving at high speeds on Oklahoma roadways can lead to serious accidents. Drivers involved in street racing often have no regard for speed limits, which can lead to erratic driving and loss of control of the vehicle. Street racers not only endanger themselves but also put others at risk. Sadly, a driver lost his life in an accident in Oklahoma City accident, and police believe he was racing another vehicle when the accident occurred.
Details of the crash
The accident happened on a Monday night. The two vehicles involved in the crash were both traveling in the same direction on Northwest 63rd Street in Oklahoma City. Both vehicles were traveling at very high speeds when they collided. The impact caused one of the vehicles to flip and eject the driver. The ejected driver, a 31-year-old male, was killed in the accident.
Police believe the other driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. He is now facing charges of driving under the influence and manslaughter. Oklahoma City, like many other areas of the country, has had issues with street racing in the past. Accidents aren’t uncommon when drivers are racing in the streets and victims are often left with very serious injuries.
Seeking help after an accident
Accident victims, whether street racing was involved or not, have the right to seek compensation from the person at fault. When someone dies in a motor vehicle accident, the family also has the option to file a civil lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. Comparative negligence laws in Oklahoma allow for the recovery of monetary damages as long as the victim was no more than 49% responsible for the accident. Accident victims, or surviving family members in fatal crashes, can speak with a personal injury attorney to better understand their legal options.