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Oklahoma pedestrian struck, killed by van in Tulsa

Car accidents that involve two vehicles are, of course, very dangerous. Each year, they injure thousands of Oklahomans and take far too many lives.

If there is one even remotely positive thing that can be said about two-vehicle accidents, it is that vehicle occupants are somewhat shielded from the blunt force of the collision by the car around them. The body of a car, truck or van provides occupants with at least some protection.

The same cannot be said of car-pedestrian accidents. In these situations, the pedestrian is completely vulnerable to the sheer force of an oncoming vehicle. Often, the results of car-pedestrian accidents are undeniably tragic.

To provide a saddening example, an Oklahoma man died last Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle in Tulsa.

According to Tulsa police, it seems the 51-year-old man had walked into South 193rd East Avenue near its intersection with East 21st Street around 10:30 p.m. and was struck by an oncoming minivan.

Emergency medical crews, firefighters and police responded to the scene, but there was nothing that could be done and the man was pronounced dead.

Authorities are still trying to piece together what happened, but so far, there have been no reports about the driver of the van. That raises some concern that this was a hit-and-run incident.

In situations such as this, where it seems as though a person has been killed because of someone else's negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit may be an option. When these lawsuits are successful, they can help families take a big step forward in the difficult and time-consuming process of becoming whole again.

Source: KRMG, "Auto-pedestrian fatality at 21st and 1943rd East Avenue," Don Bishop, June 13, 2013

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