In Oklahoma, car accidents are unfortunately all too common. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, 9,360 car crashes in the state in 2021 alone—resulting from those collisions, 8.14 percent of occupants were killed.
While some of these accidents are due to bad weather or poor road conditions, many are caused by driver error. Understanding the most common causes of car accidents can help you avoid being involved in one yourself.
Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver's attention away from the task of driving. Common distractions include:
- Talking or texting on a phone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Using in-vehicle technology
Drivers can avoid distracted driving by putting their phones away before getting behind the wheel, choosing not to eat or drink while driving and pulling over to the side of the road if they need to use their phones.
Speeding is one of the most common—and most dangerous—driving behaviors on Oklahoma roads. Not only does it increase the chances of being involved in an accident, but it also makes any resulting injuries more severe.
Drivers can avoid speeding by obeying posted speed limits and slowing down when road conditions are less than ideal (e.g., when it is raining or snowing).
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal for a reason—it significantly impairs a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely. Drunk drivers have slower reflexes, impaired judgment, and reduced coordination. These effects make it difficult for drunk drivers to:
- Stay in their lanes
- Drive at safe speeds
- Brake in time to avoid an accident
Drivers can avoid drunk driving by designating a sober driver before drinking alcohol, calling a taxi or rideshare service if they have been drinking, and sleeping it off if they are too intoxicated to drive safely.
When drivers are too tired, their reaction time slows, and their judgment becomes impaired—not ideal when operating a moving vehicle! If a driver feels themself getting drowsy while driving, they need to pull over immediately and take a rest or drink some coffee. It's better to arrive late than not arrive at all.
Reckless driving encompasses any behavior that blatantly disregards public safety, such as street racing, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, etc. Anytime a driver engages in reckless driving, they are putting themselves and everyone else on the road at risk. Drive responsibly!
Oklahoma City Car Accident Attorneys
The car accident attorneys at Fulmer Sill bring decades of experience to the table as they dedicate themselves to fighting for your rights. If you were injured in a collision and are seeking financial compensation, call us today at (405) 433-7414 or fill out our form online for a free initial consultation.