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Wrong-way wreck results in charges

One of the most devastating types of highway wrecks is a high-speed, head-on collision on an interstate or highway. The problem is so serious that the National Transportation Safety Board has conducted investigations into the problem in an attempt to find solutions.

One of those accidents occurred earlier this month in Muskogee County on I-40. A Texas driver with two minor passengers was eastbound in the west lane around 7:30 p.m. She was just past Webbers Falls by the bridge over the Arkansas River in a Honda CRV when she collided with a woman from Norman who was driving a 2012 BMW.

After the initial impact, the Honda was hit by an 18-wheeler driven by a 65-year-old South Carolina trucker. He was not hurt in the crash.

The BMW driver was not injured, either. But the two minors in the SUV driven by the 31-year-old Kilgore, Texas, woman were hurt in the crash. One of the girls was treated and discharged from a local hospital; the other girl's internal injuries required her to be transferred to another medical facility in Tulsa.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, the Texas driver was arrested for being under the influence of drugs while driving.

At face value, many people might form a negative opinion about a driver in similar circumstances. But there could be many legitimate scenarios where a driver's skills could be unknowingly compromised by a medication that was prescribed to them. It could be the first time they took the medicine, or the dosage might have changed. It could have interacted badly with another medication, causing unintentional impairment.

Serious penalties can arise from such charges if a driver is convicted, making it all the more important to mount a vociferous defense as soon as possible.

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