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Distracted driving can often to prove to be rather dangerous and injurious, not only for the distracted driver, but also for others who occupy the road with that driver, such as those in the car with him or her, the occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and bicyclists. Distracted driving is defined as any instance where the driver of a car or truck loses focus on the road while driving due to any external stimuli.

Such stimuli causing a distraction might include driving while texting, driving while talking on a cellphone or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Oklahoma laws strictly prohibit distracted driving in order to ensure that the roads are safe. Many injured victims of car accidents often consult legal professionals who specialize in accident cases in order to seek full compensation for their injuries.

Recently a three-vehicle car accident was reported in Tulsa. The preliminary investigation conducted by law enforcement authorities revealed that the driver of one of the trucks involved was found to have engaged in distracted driving when he reached down to pick up a dropped cellphone. During the moments required to retrieve the phone, the driver took his eyes off the road and lost control of his vehicle, which ultimately caused the multi-vehicle accident.

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Tulsa residents might agree that texting and driving is one of the major reasons for distraction behind the wheel, which can ultimately lead to an accident. In fact, there are many findings that have highlighted the risks of distracted driving. For example, according to statistics released by the United States Department of Transportation, 3,154 people were killed in 2013 as a result of car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents.

Legislators in Oklahoma understand the seriousness of the problem and recently introduced a bill to ban texting and driving on Oklahoma roads. If the bill passes, Oklahoma will be among 44 other states that have banned texting for all drivers. The current law only prohibits drivers with a learner’s permit and drivers with a provisional license from texting and driving.

The bill would not only ban texting and driving on state roads, but also take measures to make it a primary offense. The bill, which is authored by Tulsa Representative Terry O’Donnell, is now headed to the House for further action. The bill recommends a fine of $100 for a violation, except in certain emergencies. The bill also states that the new law would not apply to devices that can be operated by voice commands.

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Car accidents claim the lives of many people in Oklahoma each year. One of the major causes of car accidents is distracted driving. Distracted driving may be described as a situation where drivers lose their concentration while driving due to any other stimuli. Such distractions may include driving under the influence, drinking while driving or even texting and driving.

Since distracted driving is a major cause of concern for all Oklahoma residents, a new House bill was proposed that would completely ban texting and driving in the state. Representatives have recently filed an amendment to the bill to name it after two state troopers who were struck by a vehicle in January.

As expected, the House passed the bill unanimously. It bans the usage of cell phones for texting or even sending emails by the driver while behind the wheel. Texting and driving has become a national concern because of the number of accidents caused by texting.

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A woman has received a ticket for failure to yield for her role in a Tulsa car accident. That accident involved a Tulsa Police Department cruiser. The woman and her three children as well as the police officer all suffered injuries in the crash.

The car accident happened on Sept. 9 a little after 6 p.m. The woman was in a 2010 Mazda and was attempting to make a left turn off of Hartford Avenue. The officer was headed west on 46th Street North. According to reports, the officer had a green light and was proceeding through the intersection when the woman’s Mazda crashed into his patrol car.

Everyone involved in the accident was injured. There was no word on the ages of the woman’s children, but she and the kids were taken to Hillcrest Medical Center. Their injuries were said to be non-life threatening. The officer was transported to another hospital.

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A new study looked at the effect of recent texting bans on driver behavior. It found that a texting ban could reduce teenage fatalities in auto accidents by up to 11 percent.

Each state has a unique texting ban. Oklahoma only bans young drivers from texting behind the wheel. However, it is a primary offense, which means an officer may stop a driver simply for sending a text message.

An effort to put in place a broader ban on texting while driving for all drivers stalled out in the Oklahoma state legislature during the spring. Some states, such as neighboring Texas have yet to ban texting at all.

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The morning commute can take much longer when an accident requires authorities to close a road. That was exactly what happened on U.S. 169 in Owasso on a mid-July morning.

A chain-reaction car accident happened when a driver lost control of his vehicle while suffering a medical episode. He drove into another vehicle before his own came to a stop. It was unclear the exact nature of the medical episode.

An ambulance took the driver to a local hospital, so that he could receive medical treatment. No other serious injuries were reported, but the crash required authorities to close the road near the accident site.