Several recent car accidents in Missouri demonstrate how devastating auto accidents can be.
In Columbia, Missouri a man was severely injured and another man died in a single car accident that happened early in the morning on April 7, 2013 on Mexico Gravel Road.
The Columbia Police are reporting that around 2 a.m. a gray 2008 Mazda RX-8 was traveling westbound, but as it rounded a curve it went off the road and crashed into a raised concrete water drain that was located just outside a family’s residence, becoming airborne and then crashing into an embankment. The car then became airborne again and struck a tree about 15 to 20 feet high. After colliding with the tree the car finally came to a stop on the grass.
Both the drive driver and passenger, both 25 and 24-year-old males respectively, were wearing seatbelts but were ejected from the vehicle as the crash occurred and the vehicle was airborne. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene but the passenger was taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries.
Though they were wearing seatbelts, the two men had their seats reclined. This interferes with the way that seatbelts work and resulted in the men not being sufficiently restrained as the car collided with the drain, became airborne, and crashed into the tree.
Police are still investigating the crash and the circumstances surrounding the incident.
In another instance, a Harrisonville, Missouri girl tragically died on her very first solo car drive after getting her license. She was a freshman in high school. The school year had just ended and she had just received her license. She was on her way to the grocery store on May 16 to pick up some dinner items for her family, when she got into an accident and tragically died.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the girl was texting at the time of the accident. Investigators found that there was a very long text on her phone that had not yet been sent.
The accident happened at 4:19 p.m. Highway 7 and Walker Road. It was very close to the girl’s home and one of her neighbor’s heard the sounds of the crash. The neighbor said "When you looked, you could see the tail end of the car. You just knew that someone had been devastated. It just T-boned that little car. There was no way they could survive."
The girl’s vehicle, a 2003 Chrysler, collided with a semi when she failed to yield at an intersection. She was driving on Walker and took a left, intending to go north onto Highway 7. She drove directly into the path of the semi-truck driven by a 60-year-old male, who was driving south on the highway. He was driving a 2003 Freightliner. He was uninjured in the collision. Both drivers had their seatbelts on.
This girl had just received her full driver’s license on Wednesday and her parents were allowing to take her first drive alone to the grocery store. It is tragic and devastating that her first drive was also her last.
Texting and driving is especially dangerous for teens, and is one of the main causes of accidents among this age group. Many states outlaw texting because it is such a potentially deadly distraction.
Missouri Auto Accident Attorneys
If you are injured in a car accident, contact a Missouri auto accident attorney who can help you to get the compensation you deserve to get medical care and damages you deserve.
If a family member or loved one has been killed in an auto accident, an experienced attorney can file a wrongful death claim. There is nothing that can ease the loss of a loved one after a tragic accident but recovering compensation can help you to cope with the loss financially.