OK Truck Accident Leads to Tragic Death on Christmas Day

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that a 28-year-old woman from Woodward, Oklahoma suffered fatal injuries in a Christmas Day car accident on U.S. Highway 412 in Major County. The deadly accident occurred when the SUV the victim was traveling in collided with a commercial truck, ejecting the Oklahoma woman and her four-year-old daughter from the vehicle. The unfortunate truth is that truck accidents are a common occurrence in Oklahoma and nationwide, and the majority of these crashes could have been avoided had the at-fault driver been practicing safe driving techniques. If you or a loved one has suffered major injuries in a truck or car accident in Oklahoma, contact our reputable attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to explore your compensation options.


According to police, Amanda Sue Goodman of Oklahoma died from trauma sustained when the eastbound vehicle in which she was a passenger collided with a westbound tractor trailer on Highway 412. The fatal accident took place at about 10am on December 25, 2012. The driver of the SUV, 32-year-old Justin David Goodman, was hospitalized with multiple injuries at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, and the couple’s four-year-old daughter also suffered arm, head and internal injuries in the collision, which made surgery necessary. The police report indicates that all passengers in the SUV were wearing their seat belts, but, nevertheless, they were ejected from the vehicle during the accident. The truck driver, a 51-year-old man from Ohio, was uninjured in the crash.


Due to the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks, tractor trailers and 18-wheelers, collisions involving commercial trucks like these and passenger vehicles typically have devastating consequences for those in the passenger vehicle. In 2008 alone, there were roughly 4,229 fatalities and 70,000 injuries in the United States involving commercial trucks. That same year, Oklahoma saw 115 trucking accident deaths and 1,300 injuries. If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Oklahoma, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal collision, don’t hesitate to seek qualified legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the person or party found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries. Here at Atkins & Markoff, our knowledgeable lawyers have experience protecting the rights of Oklahomans injured or killed in car accidents, and will work diligently to help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your losses.