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Norman head-on crash leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

Imagine that you are driving home at night. It has just grown dark as you navigate residential roads. As you round a bend in the road, you see headlights up ahead. As you approach the other car, it suddenly veers over the center line and into your path. There is no time to get out of the way, so you brace yourself for a crash. 

This is a scenario that no one ever hopes to find themselves in, but it is exactly what happened in Norman on Friday night. A pickup truck and a car were heading toward each other on NE 156 Avenue not long before 10:00 p.m. when the car swerved into the wrong lane. The two vehicles collided head-on. 

Unfortunately, the driver of the car did not survive the crash. The driver of the pickup truck and a passenger in that vehicle suffered injuries in the car accident but are expected to recover. It is not clear what caused the driver to cross the center line of the road. 

When we write about car accidents that are clearly caused by one driver, we usually remind readers that a negligent driver can be held accountable for an accident through a personal injury lawsuit. But what happens in a situation like this when the negligent driver is killed in the crash? Do the injured victims simply have to find a way to pay for the medical bills and time off work? 

The answer to that is not necessarily. Under Oklahoma's personal injury laws, car accident victims can choose to file a lawsuit against the estate of a driver who died in a crash. Although it may seem like an unusual thing to do, no one should be forced to suffer financially because of another person's actions. 

Source: News OK, "Two die on Oklahoma roads in vehicle accidents," June 1, 2013

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