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Vehicle Strikes Trees in Miller County—Facts about Fixed-Object Accidents

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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.

 

Further information about vehicle accidents and personal injury representation by the law offices of Price & Randle can be found at http://pricerandle.com/.

 

Citations

http://lakeexpo.com/news/lake_news/man-airlifted-after-truck-hits-trees-near-iberia/article_1c263f98-a27a-11e5-a3bf-6fd62c3396c6.html

https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/HP68/AccidentDetailsAction?ACC_RPT_NUM=150765610

http://www.mshp.dps.mo.gov/MSHPWeb/SAC/pdf/missouri2011TrafficSafetyCompendium.pdf

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/roadway-and-environment/fatalityfacts/fixed-object-crashes/2013

Rear-End Collision in Camden County

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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.

Additional information regarding collision statistics and prevention, as well as injury accident representation by the law offices of Price & Randle, can be found at the following website:

http://pricerandle.com/practice-areas/motorcycle-accident-lawyers/

 

Citations:

http://www.forr.net/safety/safety.html

http://www.nsc.org/pages/home.aspx?gclid=CKnK7pW_7cgCFdc2gQodEzcHjA

http://www.auto-accident-resource.com/statistics.html

https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/HP68/AccidentDetailsAction?ACC_RPT_NUM=150790742

http://www.wheels.ca/top-ten/top-10-ways-to-prevent-a-rear-end-collision/

Single-Vehicle Accident Injures Two in Cole County

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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%.

 

Further information about vehicle accidents, driving safety, and personal injury representation by the law offices of Price & Randle can be found at http://pricerandle.com/.

 

Citations

http://www.mshp.dps.mo.gov/MSHPWeb/SAC/pdf/missouri2011TrafficSafetyCompendium.pdf

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/roadway-and-environment/fatlityfacts/fixed-aobject-crashes/2013

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811232.pdf

https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/HP68/AccidentDetailsAction?ACC_RPT_NUM=150799391

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811232.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/seatbelts/facts.html

Seat Belt Law and Motor Vehicle Accidents at the Lake of the Ozarks

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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/

Citations

http://lakeexpo.com/news/lake_news/woman-killed-seven-others-injured-in-multi-vehicle-crash-on/article_179b53a4-6fbd-11e5-9535-4ba205d2f1a1.html

http://lakeexpo.com/news/lake_news/man-airlifted-after-crash-on-highway/article_9b5f81e8-6fbc-11e5-9113-d339ffa98280.html

http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/Root/ClickIt4LifeSeatBeltCampaign.html

http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/30700001781.html

http://ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/bystate/mo.html

http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/AboutThePatrol/History/documents/History80s.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seat_belt_legislation_in_the_United_States

Fatal Boating Collision Occurs in Workmen Hollow Cove in Camden County

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Photo courtesy of https://www.topoquest.com/place-detail.php?id=729145

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:
https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/WP03/SearchAction

Citations and additional resources:
https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/WP02Web/app/safetyEdClasses
https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/WP03/search.jsp
http://www.uscgboating.org/library/accident-statistics/2013ReportRevised.pdf
http://lakeexpo.com/news/lake_news/man-killed-in-fishing-boat-crash-on-lake-of-the/article_6005b734-65f8-11e5-b4b9-579003aa5247.html
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/hazelwood-man-killed-in-lake-of-ozarks-boat-crash/article_e1afd681-ce73-55c8-a15b-785b80a54bbe.html

Don’t Settle For Too Little After a Missouri Car Accident

You’ve been injured in a Missouri car accident and you likely have one goal. You want to get a fair settlement for your injuries. You want to recover. In order to make a fair recovery, however, you need to understand what your case is worth and how to convince the insurance company to provide you with a just settlement.

Understand What Your Case is Worth

In order to determine if a settlement offer is fair you need to know what the law says about your recovery. Generally, if someone else’s negligent or intentional actions caused your accident injuries then you may be able to recover for your past, current, and future:

 

  • Medical expenses. This includes doctors’ visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy and other medical costs.
  • Lost income. This may include your full income if you are unable to work at all or the difference between what you were earning prior to the accident and what you are making now.
  • Out of pocket costs. Car repairs, household help and other expenses caused by your accident may be recoverable.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Other damages.

 

An experienced Missouri accident lawyer can help you understand the dollar amounts that you might be able to recover so that you know how to identify a fair settlement.

Advocate for a Fair Settlement with the Help of a Missouri Auto Accident Lawyer

Once you know what a fair settlement might be for your injuries then you need to convince the insurance company to provide you with such a settlement. An experienced Missouri auto accident attorney can zealously advocate for your full and fair recovery. For more information, please contact us today at 573-348-0700 or 888-573-2670 and please read our FREE book, How to Settle Your Own Missouri Accident Claim.

Coping with a Brain Injury After an Osage Beach Accident

The damage has been done. Someone else’s negligent or intentional actions caused an Osage Beach Parkway accident that left you or your loved one with a traumatic brain injury. As much as you wish you could go back and avoid that spot at that exact moment of impact, you cannot do it. Thus, your attention must turn to how you can cope with the brain injury caused by your Osage Beach Parkway crash and how you can protect your future.

Recovering From an Osage Beach Parkway Accident Brain Injury

Since each brain injury is unique, each recovery is also unique. However, you should expect certain things after your accident injury. Some things may only continue for a short time, while other parts of your recovery may continue for the rest of your life. Your recovery could include, for example:

  • Resting your brain. This may mean no (or limited) reading, watching TV, using the computer, activity, and work.
  • Surgery.
  • Rehabilitation therapies. This could include physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech and language therapy, depending on your specific injuries.

Please talk to your doctor about what is required for your physical recovery, and please start planning now to protect your financial recovery.

Your Financial Recovery Is Important

Your physical recovery may keep you out of work and may require expensive treatments. Accordingly, it is important to protect your legal right to a possible financial recovery by contacting an experienced Osage Beach Parkway accident lawyer today at 573-348-0700 or 888-573-2670, and by reading our FREE book, The Insider’s Guide to Handling Missouri Auto Accident Claims.

Why Missouri Truck Accident Defenses Are so Intensely Argued

If you have been hurt in a Missouri truck wreck, and if you have filed a claim seeking a recovery for your injuries, then you should expect one thing. The defendant(s) in your case are going to put up a vigorous defense. They are going to fight hard, and they are going to try to pay you the least amount of damages possible.

3 Reasons You Should Expect Strong Missouri Truck Accident Defenses

Three of the reasons why truck accident defendants typically fight back aggressively include:

  1. Their reputation. Both truckers and trucking companies care about their safety record. It is important to their career or their business. Thus, they may fight hard against any accusations of negligence or wrongdoing.
  2. Their insurance costs. Nobody wants to see their insurance premiums go up or increase their costs of doing business.
  3. Their bottom line. Insurance companies, or others who have to pay you, may be worried about their profits and may seek to pay you as little as possible, in order to maximize the money they keep.

For these reasons, you should anticipate Missouri truck accident defenses, and you should have solid evidence to support your claim and get the recovery that you deserve if you’ve been hurt.

Call a Missouri Truck Crash Lawyer for Help With Your Recovery

If you have been hurt in a recent truck accident, then we encourage you to find out more about your rights and more about how to protect your potential recovery. Our experienced Missouri truck crash attorneys welcome your call at 573-348-0700 or 888-573-2670, and we invite you to read our FREE book, The Lies Smart People Believe About Missouri Insurance Claims, to learn more.

How an Osage Beach Truck Lawyer Can Help After a Spinal Cord Injury

The entire collision took only a few seconds. However, they were the most significant few seconds of your life. It was in those seconds that your vehicle and a truck collided on a Missouri road, and you suffered a spinal cord injury. Now, the doctors tell you that your paralysis is permanent and that, while you will benefit from rehabilitation therapy, you will not be cured by current medical practices.

Your Life Is Not Over

The diagnosis and prognosis of your spinal cord injury can be devastating and may change your future. It is, thus, more important than ever to fight for the resources that you will need to make the most of your future. An experienced Osage Beach truck lawyer can help you do that by fighting hard for your fair and just recover of past, current, and future:

  • Medical expenses. This may include not only doctors’ visits and hospitalizations but also adaptive technology, home care, and rehabilitation therapy, for example.
  • Lost income. You may be unable to work, or unable to earn the same amount as you did before the accident.
  • Out-of-pocket costs. This may include damage to your vehicle and extra expenses around the house that were made necessary by the accident.
  • Pain and suffering. You may be in physical pain, and you may be suffering emotionally.

Other damages may also be possible.

Call an Osage Beach Truck Accident Attorney Today to Learn More

For more information about protecting your possible recovery after a truck crash, please contact an experienced Missouri truck accident lawyer today at 573-348-0700 or 888-573-2670, and please read our FREE book, The Insider’s Guide to Missouri Auto Accident Claims.

Top Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer

After a car accident in Springfield, Columbia, or Sedalia, your life may be shattered. Suddenly, you face unexpected expenses, time lost at work or from friends to heal, and property damage that can devalue your car and cost you money. You need someone who will work hard to help you pick up the pieces and get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

Finding the right Missouri auto accident lawyer is not always easy. With so many attorneys promising great things to those who work with them, you may not know who you can trust or to turn to. Before you say yes to working with a Missouri personal injury attorney, ask these questions to get a better idea of the type of help you will receive:

  • What experience do you have working with personal injury claims in Missouri? The answer to this may surprise you. Many attorneys have a variety of practice areas. These attorneys may not have the vehicle accident experience you need to get the best outcome in your claim.
  • What past case results have you achieved for people like me? You have a right to know what to expect when working with a Missouri car accident attorney. An attorney proud of his track record will be happy to share past case results with you. Even though no two cases are the same, these case results give you the best idea of what you can expect when working with the lawyer.
  • How can we handle this with minimal conflict? You have been through enough! You do not need more conflict than is necessary. Talk to your attorney to find out if he is aggressive and experienced enough to fight on your behalf without creating unnecessary conflict and stress in your life.

At Price & Randle, LLC, we pride ourselves on being an exclusively personal injury law firm. We know what it takes to help you get the best possible result out of your car accident claim without putting you through undue stress. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get your life back together quickly and easily.

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