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Truck fails to yield, kills 1 in Oklahoma motor vehicle accident

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol recently released the initial details of a truck accident that claimed the life of one man. Not long ago, a man driving a dump truck collided with a man in a much smaller vehicle. Unfortunately, the 38-year-old man in the sedan sustained injuries severe enough that he was pronounced at the scene of the crash.

Reports from Oklahoma authorities indicate that the 38-year-old driver was traveling on U.S. Highway 412 in Rogers County when the dump truck's driver "failed to yield at a yield sign," sending the truck directly into the smaller vehicle's path. The two vehicles collided and the man in the car sustained "massive injuries," while the other driver was unharmed.

Initial reports don't indicate whether or not law enforcement has completed the investigation or have decided to issue a traffic violation. The outcome of the final investigation could have an impact on whether or not any legal action is taken, including a wrongful death suit filed on behalf of the victim.

In some truck accident cases, it may be possible to hold more than one party responsible with a civil claim. Truck drivers can be held liable if they fail to exercise adequate caution, become distracted or violate certain traffic regulations, for example. At the same time, if the truck driver was operating the vehicle in the line of his work, then the employer could also be held responsible. If directions from the employer or failure to maintain vehicles contribute to an accident, then they could be named in a lawsuit.

Accidents like this one often involve a complicated string of state laws regarding liability, so it may be helpful to consult with a legal professional to see what options exist.

Source: Tulsa World, "Tulsa man killed in Rogers County crash," June 25, 2013

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