A 45-year-old man was injured when his vehicle struck multiple trees along the roadway in Miller County on the evening of Friday, December 11th. The accident occurred at 6:02 p.m. on Missouri Highway 17, approximately 1.5 miles south of Iberia. The pickup truck reportedly crossed the center line, and then struck a ditch and several trees. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the injured party is from the Iberia area and he was operating a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado at the time of the incident. He was transported by helicopter to the University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of injuries considered serious in nature by emergency services.
Accidents involving fixed objects, like the one described above, are quite common. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 11,389 persons were killed or injured in accidents involving fixed objects in 2011 in Missouri. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, approximately 20% of deaths resulting from traffic accidents involve a vehicle leaving the roadway and striking an object located nearby. Objects that are struck by vehicles most often are trees, utility poles, traffic signs, and highway medians.
Since the majority of fixed-object accidents occur when drivers veer off of the roadway, the best way to prevent accidents of this kind is to avoid behaviors that increase the risk of leaving the road. The most common contributing factors for vehicles exiting the roadway are: inattention, alcohol, excess speed, falling asleep at the wheel, and poor visibility. Scenarios involving striking off-the-road objects can easily be prevented by remaining vigilant, obeying all traffic laws, and delaying travel when the weather is poor or drowsiness is likely.
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A two-vehicle collision occurred near the intersection of Highway 5 and Petunia Road in Camden County on the morning of Wednesday, December 23rd. At approximately 11:40 a.m. that day, a 1989 Cadillac El Dorado allegedly rear-ended a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. The Oldsmobile was attempting to turn left just north of Petunia Road when it was struck from behind by the El Dorado. The driver of the El Dorado, an 87-year-old man from Roach, sustained serious injuries during the incident and was transported from the scene by local emergency medical services to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. According to reports issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, no other injuries resulted.
The National Safety Council has collected and analyzed data indicating that more than 2.5 million rear-end collisions occur in the U.S. each year. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of collision, and whiplash frequently results for the victims involved in them.
It is important that drivers follow some basic safety guidelines to prevent experiencing a rear-end collisions. Some of the most effective means of reducing the risk of having a rear-end collision include:
- Allow a three-second distance minimum between cars and to extend that distance during times of poor visibility or adverse weather conditions.
- Slow gradually to a stop and to activate the turning signal well in advance of any upcoming turns.
- Check the rearview and side-view mirrors as frequently as possible.
- Look further ahead on the roadway to enhance the ability to anticipate upcoming obstacles.
- Perform routine vehicle maintenance to ensure that all brake lights are in working order.
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Two persons were injured in a one-vehicle accident in Cole County on the evening of Monday, December 28th. A 20-year-old male from the Russellville area went off of the roadway near the intersection of Route D and Vaughn Ford Road just before 7:00 p.m. The vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, then reportedly hit a tree located beside the roadway. Both the driver and the vehicle’s sole passenger, a 20-year-old male from Stover, sustained serious injuries and were transported from the scene of the accident via ambulance to Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City. The driver of the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
It is common for drivers to strike objects like trees after having veered off of the roadway. Below are some guidelines for minimizing the risk of accidents involving running off of the road:
- Obey the speed limit and all other traffic laws.
- Decelerate if the conditions warrant doing so.
- Maintain awareness of other vehicles on the roadway at all times.
- Look ahead on the roadway for any potential hazards, such as debris or animals.
- Do not text or perform any other tasks that could be distracting while driving.
- Avoid driving when fatigued or when under the influence of any alcohol or any medications that could affect cognitive ability.
Additionally, wearing a seat belt while driving or riding in a vehicle is imperative. Injuries incurred when involved in motor vehicle accidents are statistically much less severe when the injured party was wearing a seat belt. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the risk of being killed in a motor vehicle accident is lowered by approximately 50%.
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Drivers who choose not to wear seat belt restraints are reportedly forty-two times more likely to be killed if they are involved in accidents than those who use them. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 63% of the persons killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2014 were not wearing seat belts.
The first seat belt legislation requiring motorists to buckle up was passed in 1985, and enforcement of the law began in 1987. In its infancy, the new safety law merely required anyone in the front seat to wear the device; any seat belt violation was considered to be a secondary offense at that time. The law, however, evolved throughout the years as our collection of reliable data expanded. While still considered a secondary offense for drivers and any passengers sixteen and older, it is now a primary offense for any passengers under the age of sixteen to not wear seat belts.
A traffic accident at the Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend firmly reiterated the importance of wearing seat belts. On the evening of Friday, October 9th, a Climax Springs resident driving a 1993 Chevrolet 2500 was traveling north on Highway 7 in Camden County when he attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him. The two vehicles collided, and both careened off of the roadway and struck a fence. The passing driver was not wearing his seat belt and sustained serious injuries after his pickup hit the fence and overturned. He was transported from the scene to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.
Additional information about safety belt law, traffic accidents, and personal injury representation by the law offices of Price & Randle can be found at http://pricerandle.com/
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A fatal boat collision was reported in the area of Workmen Hollow Cove, near the 8 Mile Marker in Camden County, on the morning of Saturday, September 26th. A 1997 Bass Tracker was exiting the cove when it collided with a 2002 Triton Bass Boat. Upon impact, the driver of the Tracker was thrown into the water and was killed after his own vessel circled and struck him. A passenger who was riding in the Tracker was seriously injured and transported from the scene via helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia. The driver of the Triton Bass Boat sustained minor injuries and was treated at Lake Regional Hospital. All three injured parties were visiting the Lake from the St. Louis area.
The tragedy at Workmen Hollow Cove occurred just after the end of the 2015 summer season at the Lake of the Ozarks, a season that unfortunately included numerous boating accidents. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at least forty persons were injured in accidents involving boats in the Lake Area from June of 2015 through September of 2015; seven of those injuries were fatal.
Often times, the parties who are involved in boating accidents are not at fault for the damage that results. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Missouri boating accident, the law offices of Price & Randle can provide advice and assistance that will take the guesswork out of filing a personal injury claim.
Further information about boating accident injuries and information about personal injury representation can be found at: http://pricerandle.com/practice_areas/experienced-lake-of-the-ozarks-boat-accident-attorney.cfm.
Lake of the Ozarks boating statistics for 2015 can be found at the following link:
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Five Common Auto Defects
Sometimes it is the car, and not the driver, who causes a crash. An auto manufacturer may create a defective vehicle that results in serious injuries. Some of the more common types of auto defects include:
- Seat belt failures
- Airbag problems (such as failure to deploy)
- Accidental acceleration
- Brake problems
- Vehicle rollovers / stability control problems
While these are common auto defects, they are not the only types of defects. An auto manufacturer may be responsible for the defect in a car if the manufacturer knew—or should have known—that there was a problem in the design of the car, the manufacturing of the car, or the warnings provided with the car that could lead to an accident and/or injury.
Call a Missouri Personal Injury Attorney if You’ve Been Hurt
If you have been hurt by a common auto defect, or an uncommon auto defect, then it is important to contact an experienced Missouri personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and your possible recovery. Please contact our Missouri lawyers today via this website or by calling 573-348-0700 or 888-573-2670 to schedule an initial consultation.
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A Recent Study Suggests the Country May Be More Dangerous Than the City
A recent study published in in the Annals of Emergency Medicine dispelled many common myths about the dangers of living in urban versus rural areas. According to the findings of the study, it may be safer to live in a Missouri city than in the countryside. There were several reasons for this, but perhaps the most important finding was that car accident fatalities, and other serious injuries, were more common in rural areas than in urban areas.
One of the reasons why car accidents may result in more significant injuries in rural areas is because of the speed with which cars travel when they are not encumbered by traffic lights, other cars, and urban congestion.
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While it may be safer to live in a Missouri city than in a rural area, it is important to know what to do if you are seriously hurt anywhere in the state. Specifically, it is important to contact an experienced Missouri personal injury lawyer who can help you with your recovery. For more information, please call one of our Missouri personal injury attorneys today at 573-348-0700 or 888-573-2670, and please read our FREE book, The Lies Smart People Believe About Missouri Insurance Claims.
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You Can Call a Lawyer As Soon as You Want to After a Fall Injury
The first calls that you make after you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property may not include a lawyer. Instead, you may call 911, your doctor, your spouse, parent, or other trusted relative or friend. You may get the immediate help that you need to deal with the emergency.
However, once your emergency needs have been taken care of, then you may want to contact a lawyer. You do not need to have any specific diagnosis or specific evidence in order to call an attorney. Instead, you can set up a meeting with a Missouri slip-and-fall attorney to discuss your rights and your possible recovery.
The time for filing a slip-and-fall case in Missouri is limited, as it is in other states. In Missouri, you generally have five years to file a lawsuit.
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Instead, you can get the answers that you need and start protecting your recovery now. For more information, please call a Missouri slip-and-fall lawyer today at 573-348-0700 or 888-573-2670, and please read our FREE book, The Lies Smart People Believe About Missouri Insurance Claims.