Head-on collisions generally leave victims in both vehicles with serious injuries. A recent accident in Hughes County appears to have disproved this rule by killing two people in one vehicle and leaving the driver and passenger in the other vehicle with relatively minor injuries.
The accident occurred when a vehicle heading west on Highway 270 at about 3:30 p.m. inexplicably crossed the centerline and hit a pickup truck headed in the opposite direction. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. An adult male passenger was also killed. A three-year-old boy in the car was not injured. The driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released. A 43-year-old woman in the truck was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and hospitalized for further treatment of her injuries. Her current condition is unknown.
The cause of the accident is still being investigated by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. No potential cause has been suggested, and investigators have made no mention of driver impairment due to alcohol or drugs. A complete investigation including blood tests will be necessary to establish the cause of the collision.
Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a similar accident may wish to pursue the at-fault party for damages. Consulting an experienced accident attorney can be an essential first step. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful analysis of the evidence, provide legal arguments to support the claims, and provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.