Edwards Law Firm Reminds Drivers to Avoid Distracted and Impaired Driving after Investigation Points to Negligence in Softball Team Crash

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Attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm are reminding drivers to stay safe this holiday season, in light of reports indicating that drug use and distraction may have contributed to a fatal Oklahoma bus accident.

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Attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm are reminding all drivers to use caution after taking prescription drugs, and to never drive while impaired.

The Edwards Law Firm, an Oklahoma auto accident firm, is warning drivers of the dangers of impaired and distracted driving after reports alleged that a fatal bus collision in Oklahoma which killed four Texas softball players may have been caused by inattention and/or drug use.

According to an October 10, 2014 report from Bloomberg News, police found a silver marijuana pipe and a bag containing prescription drugs in the cab of a semi-truck driven by Russell Staley. Staley failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck a bus carrying members of a women’s college softball team from North Central Texas College. Four young women were killed in the collision.

Among the drugs discovered in the truck were four prescription substances, including trazodone, sertraline, omeprazole, and simvastatin. Side effects of at least two of these medications include drowsiness. Police have not charged Staley with driving under the influence of any medications.

In addition to concerns about drugs and pharmaceuticals found in the semi-truck, Staley also told police that he was distracted by something in the main cabin at the time of the crash, according to an October 23, 2014 report from Bloomberg. Witnesses reported to Bloomberg that Staley was in a “zombie state” after the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board as well as the state and local police are investigating the accident, but have yet to determine the main cause. Whether the accident was caused by distracted driving, impaired driving, or a combination of other factors, the attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm are reminding all drivers to use caution after taking prescription drugs, and to never drive while impaired.

The Edwards Law Firm is also offering free consultations to any person who may have been injured by a distracted or impaired driver. Those interested in a free case review can set up an appointment by calling 1-800-304-9246.

About The Edwards Law Firm

The attorneys at the Edwards Law Firm represent injured people throughout Oklahoma and Texas, and have recovered more than $50 million in compensation for their clients. The McAlester-based firm has offices throughout the state in order to serve their clients. The personal injury firm fights for those who have been injured or killed by dangerous drugs, auto accidents, slip-and-falls, nursing home abuse, and medical malpractice. For a free and confidential case consultation, contact The Edwards Law Firm by visiting http://www.edwardslawok.com or call (800) 304-9246.

The Edwards Law Firm
Edwards Plaza
321 S. 3rd Street, Suite 1
McAlester, OK 74501
(918) 302-3700

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