According to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 30 traffic fatalities for every million vehicles registered on average from 2011 to 2014. However, Oklahoma drivers should know that pickup trucks actually performed better than average with a rate of only 26 deaths per million registered vehicles. Passenger vehicles had an average of 39 deaths per million registrations. That was the most of all segments included in the report.
Oklahoma roadways may not be as safe as they have been over the past several years, according to government statistics. The number of fatal accidents across the country increased by more than 7 percent between 2014 and 2015, and the situation has become even more dire.
On March 11, four people were killed and numerous others suffered injuries after a two-vehicle collision occurred in southwest Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck was heading south on U.S. 81 at 9:18 p.m. when the accident happened.
Oklahoma motorists may be interested to learn about a new study that demonstrates a correlation between Uber's entrance into a city's market and a drop in DUI fatality rates. A similar drop has not been demonstrated with private taxi companies.
This week, federal safety officials once again recommended that all new passenger and commercial vehicles should be equipped with collision avoidance systems, and if you or a loved one has ever been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, you know why.
Distracted driving is surpassing drunk driving as one of the greatest threats on Oklahoma roads. In order to help combat the problem, the state finally passed legislation that makes it illegal to text while driving, and Oklahoma's governor signed the bill last week.