Dangerous Road Conditions

Washington, Missouri Officials Consider Fixing or Closing Dangerous Road

By John Page on March 29, 2012 - Comments off

A stretch of Augusta Bottom Road in Warren County has been the site of multiple fatal accidents in Missouri in recent years. After difficulty getting either the city of Augusta or Warren County to address two particularly dangerous stretches, the town of Washington, Missouri is now considering taking action itself, according to a recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Road Safety Improvement MissouriWashington, Missouri recently helped pay for a safety study that recommended guardrails be installed in one section of the road that has ponds on both sides, which was the site of a 2010 crash that took the life of a 16-year-old driver. However, so far no guardrails have been installed.

The road has long been a source of contention among local governments and road commissions, all of whom have worked on the road in the past but none of whom are sure who is ultimately responsible for it. Both the city of Augusta and Warren County have said that they will not pay or do the work to install the guardrails, leaving the city of Washington, Missouri to consider having the work done itself, in order to prevent accidents in the future.

Road conditions can cause serious accidents. When a road is known to be dangerous but steps are not taken to prevent accidents, those injured in accidents may have the right to seek compensation from organizations responsible for road safety. At Page Law, a Missouri car accident lawyer is well-versed in dealing with all kinds of accidents, seeking compensation for those injured by another’s negligence. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free case evaluation.


Winter Weather Arrives, Shutting Down Missouri Roads

By John Page on December 14, 2011 - Comments off

Snow and ice have arrived for the 2011-2012 season, and their first appearance shut down several roads in Missouri recently, according to a news report from Ozarks First.

Overnight snow and ice storms earlier this week blanketed the Ozarks in Missouri and Arkansas, turning roads in the area into skating rinks and prompting local police to announce a state of emergency around 5:00 a.m. the morning after the snows began. Five hours later, the state of emergency call was cancelled, and rescue teams returned to dealing with calls about accidents, slide-offs, and crashes suffered by drivers unprepared for the sudden squall.

Bridges and overpasses throughout the state remain slippery, even though the first round of snows has passed. Throughout the winter, it’s important to remember that even if snow hasn’t fallen recently, bridges and overpasses freeze before the ground does – so they may have icy patches that can cause accidents, even if the rest of the roads are clear.

Most of the accidents reported after this first snowstorm of the year were slide-offs, in which no drivers were seriously injured. However, a couple of crashes in the Ozarks and in central Missouri caused serious injuries, reminding Missourians that snowy and icy roads can be risky and to follow winter motorist safety tips.

If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident, the experienced Missouri car accident injury attorneys at Page Law can help. We’re dedicated to protecting the rights of those struggling to recover after an injury. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.


Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Struck by Car

By John Page on February 16, 2011 - Comments off

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was struck by a car on February 10, according to The Quincy Herald-Whig. The accident occurred on Mo. 6, two miles east of LaBelle, MO.

The trooper was directing traffic when a 2003 Chevrolet slid on the ice-covered road, striking the 24-year-old trooper. The trooper was reportedly in good condition following the pedestrian accident and is recovering at a local hospital.

This story illustrates the dangers of driving on icy roads. If roads are icy or snowy, you should try to avoid driving as much as possible. If you must go somewhere, leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination so you can avoid speeding and becoming stressed while on the roads. Be sure to de-ice your vehicle before leaving.

When driving in wintery conditions, it’s important to leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and others on the roads. Give yourself plenty of time to stop, especially on ice. If you encounter a situation where road workers or police officers are on the roads, such as in this case, slow down and approach the scene with caution. Avoid sudden stops or sudden movements as much as possible.

If you have been injured this winter season in an accident caused by another driver’s negligent driving on bad road conditions, contact a Missouri accident lawyer at Page Law, LLC. You could potentially recover compensation not only for vehicle damage, but also for any medical expenses or lost time from work that you have suffered as a result of the car accident. Call us today for a free consultation at 314-322-8515.


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