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OK Driver Asleep at the Wheel

Earlier this week, a driver near Duncan, Oklahoma fell asleep behind the wheel and caused a collision that injured at least six people. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened on Terry Road, just before 9:00 a.m. Initial reports indicate that 71-year-old William Fuller fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. There were six people in the truck at the time of the crash, including three teenagers. At least six people, including William Fuller, were taken to the hospital. Thankfully, everybody involved was wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Multiple Injuries in Crash Involving Elderly Driver

As of Monday, the pickup truck’s occupants had all been released from the hospital. The elderly driver, William Fuller, had to be airlifted to OU Medical and was still listed in critical condition. Very few details have been released about this crash, which could still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. We also know that another serious crash happened on Terry Road last week, involving a teen driver.

Elderly Driver Crash Statistics

  • In 2012, more than 5,560 older adults were killed in crashes.
  • More than 214,000 older adults were injured in crashes in 2012.
  • An average of 586 older adults are injured in crashes every day.
  • Per mile traveled, fatal crash rates increase starting at ages 70 to 74.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Sleep deprivation and fatigue can alter judgment and make lapses in attention more likely to occur. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of polled drivers say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy. More than one-third of those polled reported having actually fallen asleep behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year, resulting in an estimated 1,550 deaths.

When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney

After any kind of car wreck, whether an elderly driver was involved or not, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a collision in Wichita Falls, Lawton or any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

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Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
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We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
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OHP Trooper Seriously Injured in Crash

On Thursday night, a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was seriously injured in a crash on Highway 183. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened in the southbound area of the highway. Apparently, Trooper Gary Sanders had pulled a vehicle over when another vehicle crashed into the back of his patrol car. The patrol car then struck the automobile he had initially pulled over.

OHP Trooper Injured in Wreck on Highway 183

The injured trooper was immediately rushed to Frederick Hospital to be stabilized before being air lifted to United Regional. There’s no word on whether or not anybody else was injured in this wreck. Additionally, no information has been released on the extent of Sanders’ injuries or his current condition. We also don’t know if the driver that rear-ended his patrol car was cited or how this crash could have happened. Could it have been a case of distracted or impaired driving? Very few details have been released, and the crash is likely still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Move Over Laws

Texas and Oklahoma have “Move Over” laws that require motorists to move over a lane or slow down for first responders like police officers, state troopers and fire fighters. Additionally, Texas’ Move Over law was expanded to include Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) workers. Drivers are required to move over or slow down if they see the flashing blue lights of a first responder or the flashing amber lights of a roadway worker. These laws ensure roadway workers can safely do their jobs and return home to their families at the end of the day.

Respecting and Protecting First Responders

These Move Over laws were put into place to protect our first responders and roadway workers. Highway troopers and other road workers have incredibly dangerous jobs. Although we typically think of shootouts and “bad guys” as primary dangers for cops, but car crashes are actually the most dangerous risks facing men and women in uniform.

Brave men and women in law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire rescue risk their lives to protect us all. The least we can do is respect and protect them by moving over a lane and slowing down so they can do their jobs safely. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes Trooper Gary Sanders a full and swift recovery from his injuries and appreciates his service.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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