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Oklahoma Had 12,799 Drunk Driver Arrests in 2017 Alone.
That’s 246 drunk driving arrests a week and 35 drunk driving arrests every day. Even though the dangers of drunk driving have been taught for years now, there are those who ignore the warnings. They put lives at risk. This careless behavior should not go unpunished. The victims of drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol deserve the right to seek justice from their assailants and receive compensation for the losses and damages.
At Graves McLain, we are passionate about educating the public on driving responsibly. Our law firm has represented too many seriously injured children and adults who are the victims of this preventable act. Our Tulsa drunk driving accident attorneys often represent the families of those persons killed by drunk drivers. Driving while under the influence is a senseless crime that needs to stop. As responsible parents and friends, we can help spread the word of responsible driving.
According to Responsibility.org, in Oklahoma, there were 165 drunk driving fatalities in 2017, representing 25% of all total traffic deaths. These disheartening statistics represent the unfulfilled mission of drunk driving and road safety education, as 16 of those deaths involved young adults and teens under the age of 21.
At Graves McLain, we have heard it all from drunk drivers during depositions or testimony. They say “I didn’t feel drunk”, “I thought I could handle my vehicle”, or “I was only 5 minutes from my home, so I thought I could handle it”. Every excuse in the book is used by drunk drivers. Once a serious car accident occurs due to drinking and driving, the damage is done. It’s our job at Graves McLain to help pick up the pieces, handle the legal aspects of the case and work hard to seek justice for our clients.
Common signs of drunk driving include any of the following:
Turning with a wide radius
Straddling the center of the road or lane marker
Appearing to be drunk (i.e., eye fixation, face close to the windshield, drinking in the vehicle)
Almost striking an object or other vehicle
Weaving or zigzagging across the road
Driving on other than a designated roadway
Swerving or abruptly turning away from a generally straight course
Turning abruptly or illegally
Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
Stopping without cause in a traffic lane
Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane)
Drifting or moving in a straight line at a slight angle to the roadway
Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
Slow response to traffic signals (sudden stop, delayed start)
Of course, no monetary compensation can ever take away the scars and loss of an alcohol-related crash, but what we can do is seek the maximum compensation for our clients, so that they have the best medical care, the best recovery treatment, full compensation for any lost wages, or property damage and of course, pain and suffering. In the event of a fatality, we can seek justice for the surviving family members for their grief, loss, and loss of financial support from the deceased.