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One person was killed recently in a multi-vehicle accident on I-35 in Moore, Oklahoma. According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, the accident was caused by a vehicle traveling on the highway in the wrong direction. The trooper stated that a 21-year-old man from Norman, Oklahoma, was driving a car southbound in the northbound inside lane and collided head-on with another vehicle.

After the head-on collision, the 21-year-old’s car continued traveling until it left the roadway and hit a concrete barrier wall and a third vehicle. Debris from this collision hit a fourth car. Soon after the accident, emergency crews reached the scene.

The driver of the car that was struck by the wrong-way vehicle, a 42-year-old woman from San Antonio, Texas, was declared dead at the scene. The passenger in her vehicle was taken to a medical center and was reported to be in good condition. The 21-year-old wrong-way driver was admitted to OU Hospital in critical condition, while a passenger in his car refused treatment at the scene. The drivers of the third and fourth vehicles were not taken to the hospital.

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The untimely or accidental death of a loved one is always a challenging time. Besides the emotional pain brought by a sudden death, surviving families can suffer financial problems as well. When the death is caused by the wrongful or negligent conduct of another party, Oklahoma families have the right to seek justice and minimize financial repercussions by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

What is a wrongful death lawsuit? A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal action that holds a person or entity responsible for the untimely death of a person due to medical malpractice, unsafe premises, a motor vehicle accident, a defective product or other negligence or wrongdoing. The lawsuit asserts that if not for the conduct of the entity or person, the fatal accident would not have happened. The plaintiffs can seek monetary damages including reimbursement for medical and funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, the grief of surviving children, parents and spouse, and the mental pain and suffering of the decedent.

Who can file the lawsuit? The personal representative of the decedent can file the lawsuit on behalf of surviving family members. It is generally recommended that the personal representative hire an attorney to prepare the lawsuit and represent the family’s interests in court.

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