Car accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence in Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, there were 73,267 total crashes in Oklahoma in 2019. Out of these, 22,522 resulted in injuries and 584 were fatal. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 5 most common causes of car accidents in Oklahoma and provide tips on how to avoid them.
1. Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Oklahoma. This includes texting, talking on the phone, eating, and even adjusting the radio while driving. To avoid distracted driving, it is important to put away your phone and avoid any other distractions while driving.
Speeding is another common cause of car accidents in Oklahoma. It is important to follow the speed limit and adjust your speed according to the road conditions. Always remember that speeding reduces the amount of time you have to react to unexpected situations.
3. Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious offense and can lead to fatal accidents. If you are planning on drinking, make sure to have a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service to get home safely.
4. Reckless Driving
Reckless driving includes actions such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and ignoring traffic signals. It is important to always drive defensively and be aware of your surroundings.
5. Weather Conditions
Oklahoma weather can be unpredictable, and driving in severe weather conditions can be dangerous. Make sure to adjust your driving to the weather conditions and avoid driving if the weather is too severe.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact Stipe Law Firm for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.