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Sleepy Driver Kills Two Oklahoma Teachers Headed to School

Wrong Way Sign 300x210 Sleepy Driver Kills Two Oklahoma Teachers Headed to SchoolOklahoma City, OK- Drowsy or fatigued driving has become a growing concern on the road with a recent Oklahoma accident showing the devastation that can result from drowsy driving.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident occurred around 7:00 a.m. Monday morning outside of Perkins when an eastbound Dodge van stuck a car, carrying two teachers for a local middle school, head-on.

Police say the driver of the Dodge van drifted in the opposite lane, as Jennifer Briggs, 24, and Heather Wilson, 27, approached in a Ford Focus. The women tried to avoid colliding with the van, but they were unable to and the van and car collided, KOCO reported.

The force of the crash was so great that Briggs and Wilson were trapped inside. Emergency rushed to free the two women but they were trapped in their cars for a few hours, KOCO reported. Both women suffered several injuries and were pronounced dead on the scene.

Briggs and Wilson both lived in Stillwater and car pooled to together to Guthrie Junior High School where they both taught.

The van driver, Rocky Baca, 37, from Choctaw, told police after the accident that he fell asleep at the wheel and that is why he was traveling in the wrong direction.

Police conducted blood tests on Baca to determine if he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Their investigation is ongoing.

Past studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, causing nearly 100, 000 traffic accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sleep deprivation affects a person’s ability to react in an emergency situation, affects their ability to make […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments

St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Taveras Killed in Car Accident

Teen Killed after Being Thrown from SUV in Crash 300x223 St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Taveras Killed in Car Accident St. Louis, MO- The promising baseball career of Oscar Taveras was cut short Sunday after the pro-athlete was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

The crash occurred Sunday on highway that runs from Sosua to Cabarete beaches in Puerto Plata, which is approximately 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, according to multiple reports.

Sosua Mayor Ylana Newman told the Associated Press that Traveras was traveling along the highway with his 18 year-old girlfriend Edilia Arvelo, 18, when he lost control and ran off of the road.

Both Traveras and Arvelo were killed in the accident.

The MLB confirmed Traveras’ death Sunday.

According to the Washington Post, Tony Clark, executive of director of the MLB player’s association said, “We are very saddened to learn of the news that a car accident has claimed the life of Oscar Tavares and his girlfriend in the Dominican Republic. Oscar had a very promising future, on and off the field, and this news is heartbreaking on many levels.”

Traveras made his debut with the Cardinals this year and was instrumental in helping the team to secure a victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series. He was signed to the Cardinals after playing in the minor league for nearly six years.

Details about the accident have not been released to the media so we don’t know the cause.

A traffic accident can happen at any moment and, in many cases, the cause of an accident can be attributed to the negligence of one or more parties. Distracted driving, speeding and intoxicated driving are the more […]

By |October 27th, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments

Oregon Accidents Leave Four People Dead, Including Three Members of One Family

Head on Collision Oregon Accidents Leave Four People Dead, Including Three Members of One FamilyClackamas County, OR- This has been a deadly week on the roadways in Oregon as four people died in separate head-on crashes in the state. One of those caused major traffic back-ups on I-5 near Albany and left all northbound lanes blocked.

The first accident occurred Saturday morning and left three members of an Oregon family dead after their vehicle were killed this week when their vehicle went out of control and was hit head-on.

According to the Oregonian, Fred Fefelov, 34, Tiffany Fefelov, 27, and Mila Fefelov, 7 months were traveling in the eastbound lanes of Highway 20 around 10 a.m. when the crash occurred. The Fefelovs had a son who they left in the care of a relative.

Oregon State Police said Tiffany was behind the wheel of the families Dodge sedan when she lost control of the vehicle and veered in oncoming traffic. After crossing over into the west-bound lanes, the vehicle was struck head-on by a SUV hauling a trailer.

All three of the Fefelov’s were killed. The occupants of the SUV were not injured.

Police suspect Tiffany lost control because of wet road conditions, the Oregonian reported.

The Fefelovs were heading to a married couples retreat hosted by their church, the Portland International Christian Church. Retreat attendees were concerned about the couple when they failed to show up. Pastor Ricky Challinor said several people tried to call the couple only to learn of the accident later that day.

The second fatal head-on accident, involving multiple vehicles including a tractor-trailer, occurred on Thursday morning around 10:30, along Interstate 5 near Albany, and caused a major traffic back-up.

The Oregonian reported that the driver of a vehicle, who […]

By |October 24th, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments

NHTSA Amends Massive Recall of Exploding Air Bags

Gavel and Scales of Justice 300x200 NHTSA Amends Massive Recall of Exploding Air BagsAtlanta, GA- Air bags are supposed protect motorists from suffering serious injuries in the event of an accident, but the NHTSA says air bags manufactured by Takata are defective and have issued a massive recall.

The recall was issued for at least 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S., adding to the over 4 million included in recall from earlier this week, but the NHTSA could add more to the recall as they continue their investigation.

In issuing their recall, the NHTSA urged motorists to have their air bags, included in cars by ten auto manufacturers, fixed as soon as possible because they place a threat to the safety of front- seat passengers, USA Today reported. Repairing in air bags is especially important for motorists living in hot humid climates such as Georgia or Florida.

According to the NHTSA, propellant used in the air bags can cause the bags to over inflate and possibly spray shrapnel into the faces and torsos of vehicle occupants. The federal agency is also looking into whether air bags manufactured between 2000 and 2007 were sealed properly.

Safety Advocates say the defective air bags have caused four fatalities, two of which were confirmed by Honda, the other two have not been confirmed, according to USA Today. The Huffington Post reported that several lawsuits have been filed because of the defective air bags.

Vehicle owners can check the recall pages of the auto manufacturer’s website to see if the recall applies to them. This is a list of affected auto makers: Toyota, Honda, Mazda Motor Corp, BMW AG, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Mitsubishi Motors Corp, Subaru Co Ltd, Chrysler, Ford Motor Co […]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments

New Jersey Man Dies in One-car Accident on Turnpike

accident1 300x225 New Jersey Man Dies in One car Accident on Turnpike Camden County, NJ- One young man was injured and his passenger was killed after an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike early Sunday morning.

Multiple reports state that the accident occurred just after 4 a.m. near Woodbridge in the southbound truck lanes. Carlos Aguirre, 24, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta when he slammed into the rear of a tractor–trailer.

Aguirre’s passenger Edgar Galvez, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. His cause of death was blunt force trauma, according to NJ.com.

Aguirre was also injured and flown to a local hospital for treatment.

Police later discovered Aguirre was intoxicated at the time of the accident and have charged him with death by auto and driving while intoxicated, NJ.com reported.

The investigation is ongoing.

This accident is a glaring example of the devastation drunken driving can have, and sadly accidents like these play out every day in the U.S.  It one of the leading causes of fatal accidents throughout New Jersey and the nation as a whole accounting for a third of all traffic deaths.

Drunken drivers cause such destructive accidents because they tend to engage in risky driving behaviors that other drivers don’t. Alcohol gives people a false sense of confidence so they are willing to take risks with little regard of how their actions will affect others.

While drunken drivers who cause injury of death to others will face criminal consequences, this is a small consolation for the victims and their families who have to grapple with their grief and take on costly bills. The last thing a grieving family needs is the crushing burden of medical bills and funeral expenses.

Fortunately, the families of fatal accident victims have a […]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments