An Oklahoma woman suffered injuries in an alcohol-related accident that took place near Sallisaw on December 22, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Sixty-seven-year-old Marilyn Ann Ater was riding in a pickup truck driven by her husband when their vehicle was struck by a car driven by 70-year-old Henry Mac Ellis, who was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time. Ellis died at St. Francis Hospital following the accident, and Marilyn Ater was treated for her injuries at St. Edward’s Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas, troopers reported. If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident in Oklahoma City, or elsewhere in Oklahoma, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.
DWI AND DUI-CAUSED ACCIDENTS IN OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma police reported that the car accident occurred when Ellis, who was traveling northbound on a county road just east of Sallisaw, failed to yield to a stop sign and crashed into James Richard Ater’s eastbound pickup. Troopers who responded to the collision reported Ellis as being impaired at the time of the crash, and attributed the cause of the car accident to driving under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, despite efforts to curb DUI accidents in Oklahoma, alcohol-related collisions occur frequently across the state. In fact, in 2008 alone, Oklahoma saw 212 fatal accidents where at least one driver had a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.08% or higher. Although 0.08% is the legal limit in Oklahoma, 29 Oklahomans were killed in car accidents where at least one driver had a BAC between 0.01% and 0.07% – which is considered legal.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED LAWYERS FOR HELP
Statewide data indicates that, although Oklahoma has seen an overall decrease in alcohol-related crashes and injuries in recent years, drunk driving statistics confirm that DWI and DUI-related accidents remain deadly across the state. If you have been injured in a major accident in Oklahoma, or if you lost a loved one in an alcohol-related accident, consult our qualified lawyers at Atkins & Markoff today. Our law firm is located in Oklahoma City, and our attorneys have extensive experience protecting the legal rights of car accident victims across the state of Oklahoma. With the help of our skilled lawyers, you can seek fair and timely reimbursement for your accident-related losses and protect yourself and your family from further harm.