Tulsa, OK- Were you injured in an accident? Was that driver distracted? Were they on their cell phone? Or, were they sending a text message? Sadly, too many Oklahoma residents who are injured in traffic accidents can say “Yes” to the last three questions. A distracted driving accident can turn people’s lives upside down, which is why the accident lawyers at USAttorneys would like to discuss some facts about distracted driving in Oklahoma.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, in 2014, the latest year data is available, there were 14 fatal accidents and 617 injury accidents involving motorists using electronic devices. In the same year, distracted driving other than using an electronic device accounted for 32 fatal accidents and 2,089 injury accidents in Oklahoma.
It’s important to note that this data only accounts for self-reported use of electronic devices or self-reported participation in other distracted driving behaviors. And since law enforcement in Oklahoma relies on motorists to self-report, it is likely that many distracted driving accidents go underreported.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that it takes five seconds for a motorist to read a text message. Although, five seconds doesn’t seem that long, in that amount of time a person can travel the length of a football field. A person would usually drive that far blindfolded, but they might as well be if they decide to read a text message or look at their cell phone. Additionally, the NHTSA found that engaging in tasks like reaching for a cell phone, texting or dialing increases a person’s risk of being in a car accident threefold.
Motorists have many distractions on the road. Cell phones tend to the be biggest distraction for motorists. Texting, surfing the web, checking maps and talking on the phone have become so common for motorists that states like Oklahoma have passed laws aimed at curtailing distracted driving accidents. In 2015, the state legislature passed a bill that made texting and driving a primary offense, which means if police see a person sending a text message while driving, they are allowed to pull them over and ticket them. Such a citation carries a $100 fine.
It’s not unusual for a motorist to get distracted behind the wheel, but they must pay for the consequences of their actions if they harm others. If you are the unfortunate victim of a distracted driver, USAttorneys can help you locate an accident lawyer in Tulsa, Oklahoma who will strive to recover a fair settlement for your accident.
You can rely on our team of personal injury attorneys to advocate for your rights and work hard to recover the full amount of accident compensation you deserve. Don’t delay action; contact a lawyer today and get the legal help you need during this tough time. Having legal counsel will help you avoid the pitfalls many accident victims face when they don’t have expert legal counsel.

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