Fatal Auto Crash

Weekend Crashes Leave One Dead, 12 Injured in Jasper County

By John Page on December 19, 2011 - Comments off

Three separate MO car accidents in Jasper County over the weekend left one Carthage resident dead and twelve more with injuries, according to a recent article in the Carthage Press.

A fatal car crash in Missouri on Highway 249 took the life of a 24-year-old Carthage woman and left five other people, including a two-year-old Carthage boy, with serious injuries. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the crash was caused by a car, driven by one of the injured individuals, that crossed the center line and was hit by an oncoming minivan, throwing the rear-seat passengers in the car out of the vehicle. The minivan’s driver attempted to correct the van but hit a passing dump truck, which spun out of control and hit the people who had been knocked out of the car by the crash.

The woman who lost her life was one of the passengers in the car; all the other passengers and the driver were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries. Neither the driver of the minivan nor the driver of the dump truck was hurt.

Meanwhile, crashes on Fir Road and Route JJ left three more people with injuries. Rescue workers took the injured to local hospitals, but no word has been released on their status. We wish them a speedy recovery.

No Missouri family should have to face the burden of a lost or injured loved one after a car accident, but the sad truth is that these accidents happen. At Page Law, we’ve dedicated the legal resources and real-life experience we’ve earned as experienced MO auto accident attorneys to helping injured Missourians and their families seek compensation after a crash. To learn more about how we can help you, call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and confidential consultation.


Car Crash Injuries a Major Cause of Death Among Children

By John Page on July 28, 2011 - Comments off

Unintentional injuries are the number-one killer of children under age 19, and car crash injuries are the number-one type of injury that kills, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each hour, 150 children are seen in emergency rooms throughout the nation for injuries following a car accident. Injuries related to cars, like pedestrian or bicycle crashes, are also major sources of injury and even death among children.

To help parents and caregivers reduce the risk of car crash injuries to children, the CDC offers several tips. For instance, adults should make sure that children riding in a vehicle have proper seating and that their seat belts, if they are using them, fit properly. Children should use a car seat or booster seat appropriate to their height and weight until they are at least four feet nine inches tall and weigh at least 90 pounds.

In addition, adults can help teens learning to drive to incorporate safe driving habits into their routines. Since a teen’s inexperience makes distracted driving especially dangerous, teens should avoid using cell phones or other devices while driving. They should also limit the number of passengers in their vehicles, especially young passengers. Parents can help by providing a role model for good driving habits and for setting ground rules for face vehicle use with their kids.

If your child has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced car accident lawyers in St. Louis at Page Law. We will help you seek the compensation you need to cover medical bills and other expenses after a crash. For a free consultation, call our law offices at 314-322-8515 today.


Red Light Running Pickup Kills Driver, Injures Two Passengers

By John Page on July 5, 2011 - Comments off

One woman was killed and two of her passengers were badly injured on Sunday, June 26, 2011, according to The woman was attempting to drive through the intersection of 12th Street and Hardesty Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri when another driver ran the red light and slammed into the car carrying three people.

The driver of the car, who was 65-years-old, was killed in the accident. Her two passengers were both injured; one of them sustained life-threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup truck jumped out of his vehicle and fled the scene of the accident on foot. Police tracked him down several blocks away. There is no word on whether he sustained injury in the crash.

Drivers that run red lights are a serious threat to road safety. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) states that more than 165,000 people are injured each year as a result of red-light runners. The problem with red-light runners in Missouri has prompted the use of red light cameras at intersections where drivers are most likely to run the light. The thought behind the cameras is that, if drivers know that they could be fined for running a red light then they will be less likely to try it. These cameras have to be designated with large signs both so that the drivers have notice of the camera’s presence and to deter people from running the lights.

Though the utility of the stoplight cameras has been debated, there is no doubt that drivers who run red lights is a continuing problem. As the above accident demonstrates, running red lights can cause a life-threatening car accident. If someone has hit you while they were running a red light, you need to call the Missouri intersection crash attorneys at Page Law at 314-322-8515. We will help you put the pieces back together after a bad car accident. Our lawyers are experienced with all sorts of car accidents and we’re ready to help you today, all you need to do is contact us.


One Person Killed, Five Others Injured in Head-On Collision in Barry County, Missouri

By John Page on June 7, 2011 - Comments off

A man died in a serious automobile accident in Barry County, Missouri on June 3, 2011, according to a report on The man was the passenger in the car of a woman, who allegedly caused the accident when she drifted over the centerline of Missouri Highway 97, hitting a minivan containing a mother and two young children. The minivan was forced into a head-on collision with traffic going the opposite direction by the momentum of the crash.

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The man is the only fatality of the Missouri head-on car crash to date, though several victims remain hospitalized. All of the people in the van were taken to nearby hospitals where the two children remain in critical condition. The mother is listed as stable by hospital staff. The woman who caused the accident was taken to a hospital along with her daughter and is said to be in serious condition.

Accidents like this have a high fatality rate. In fact, in the state of Missouri in 2009, though they accounted for only 1.6% of all automobile crashes, they were the cause of 12.3% of traffic crash fatalities. This is true because these crashes are the most likely to involve head-on collisions.

When an accident like this occurs, the person who caused the accident is likely to be liable for the resulting damage. When someone negligently causes a head-on collision, they are for liable for all of the events that are reasonably foreseeable results of their negligent act. When someone negligently injures you or a loved one in an accident, it is important to exercise your legal rights and get the compensation that your pain and suffering deserve. Call the St. Louis head-on car crash attorneys at Page Law today for a free consultation at 314-322-8515.



Man Killed in Late Night Head-On Crash in St. Louis

By John Page on June 6, 2011 - Comments off

A man was killed in a 1:00 a.m. head-on crash on June 3, 2011 near the intersection of Goodfellow and Natural Bridge, according to The crash occurred when the man tried to pass another car. The man apparently pulled into the other lane of traffic, right in front of an oncoming car. The two cars then collided, leaving the man trapped in his vehicle.

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The man was taken to a nearby hospital but did not survive. The other driver was also taken to the hospital but her injuries were not considered to be serious. Two passengers were involved in the St. Louis head-on car accident as well but neither of them was injured.

Given the time and nature of the accident, it is likely that alcohol was involved in the crash. In 2009, according to the state of Missouri, 11.8% of crashes involving alcohol occurred in the 1:00 a.m. hour. There are significantly more crashes than any other time period during the day.

This spike in alcohol-related crashes is likely a result of the bar closing times in St. Louis. Most bars are required by law to close at 1:30 a.m., though there are specially licensed bars that can stay open until 3:00 a.m.

Call the St. Louis car crash lawyers of Page Law at 314-322-8515 for a free car crash consultation.



Missouri Auto Accident Attorney: One Person Killed in Cole County, Missouri After Being Thrown from Vehicle

By John Page on June 1, 2011 - Comments off

A 27-year-old man was killed on Sunday, May 29, 2011 on Highway 54 in Cole County, Missouri, according to The man lost control of his vehicle while he was approaching Highway 63 and went off the road.

Approximate location of the accident:

The man was thrown from his vehicle when it collided with the highway’s guardrail. His automobile then collided with the guardrail again. Police say that the man was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

According to the state of Missouri, 77% of drivers and passengers in the state wear seat belts. To put this in context, the national percentage of seat belt use is 84%. Teenage use of seat belts is decidedly low in Missouri at 61%. In 2008, 70% of people killed in traffic crashes were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Seat belts provide two forms of protection that are important during traffic collisions. First, they stop a person’s momentum during a crash, keeping them from slamming into the hard vehicle walls. Second, the seat belt keeps drivers and passengers from being thrown from the vehicle during an accident. Death and serious injury become significantly more likely when someone is thrown from a vehicle during a crash.

Have you or a member of your family been killed or injured in a car accident? Call the Missouri car accident lawyers at Page Law at (314) 322-8515 or 1-800-CAR-CRASH for a free consultation with no obligation. We will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve and help you and your family move on after an auto accident.


CDC Offers Tips to Keep Working Drivers Safe

By John Page on May 17, 2011 - Comments off

When we think of “workplace accidents,” we usually think of injuries that occur in a manufacturing plant, at a construction site, or in an office – not injuries that occur on the road. However, car accidents while traveling for work are the number-one cause of work-related injuries in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 35 percent of work-related deaths suffered each year involved car accidents – more than in any other workplace setting.

For example, between 2002 and 2008, approximately 1,354 workers each year were killed while driving on public streets. Another 324 workers on average die while driving around an industrial or construction site, and 358 pedestrians who are traveling on foot as part of their jobs die when they are struck by a car or other vehicle.

In 2008, nearly 3.7 million American workers drove a vehicle as a primary part of their jobs. Forty percent of these workers were tractor-trailer drivers, but the group also includes people who drive company cars or their own vehicles to make sales calls or deliveries, to travel among separate workplaces, or to transport passengers.

If you’ve been injured while driving as a part of your job, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Missouri car accident attorneys at Page Law. We have the legal resources and the practical experience to represent you not only as the survivor of a car accident, but also as an injured worker who may be entitled to workers’ compensation or other benefits. To learn more, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515 for a free and confidential consultation.


Highway Patrol Sees Number of Fatal Car Accidents Increase in Missouri

By John Page on May 3, 2011 - Comments off

The State Highway Patrol keeps track of the numbers and types of Missouri car crashes occurring on its highways each year, including how many lives are lost. In the first part of 2011, the highway patrol found that the number of crashes was approximately the same as in 2010 – but the number of deaths has increased.

According to a report in the Kirksville Daily Express, the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to 87 crashes in surrounding counties in the first three months of 2010. During those same months in 2011, however, the highway patrol responded to only 84 crashes.

Even though the number of crashes is down from 2010, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a higher number of deaths. In just three counties, 9 people lost their lives in traffic crashes in the first three months of 2011, an increase from 3 deaths in those counties from car accidents last year. Meanwhile, Adair County had 13 fatal accidents this year, down from sixteen in 2010 – but Linn County also had nine crashes in 2011, down from three in 2010.

Driving safely can help reduce your chances of an accident, but drivers who choose to drive in a careless or reckless fashion still put everyone else on the road at risk. If you’ve been injured in a Missouri auto accident, the experienced St. Louis car accident attorneys at Page Law can help. To learn more about your legal rights and options after an accident, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515.


Missouri High School Student Killed and One Injured in Highway 63 Car Crash

By John Page on April 4, 2011 - Comments off

According to, a Northeast Missouri high school student was killed and his passenger critically injured in a two vehicle accident recently when they were struck by an oncoming pickup truck on Highway 63.

Based on the report of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when the high school driver pulled his car onto the highway near Atlanta, right into the path of an oncoming northbound pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured. The teenage driver was killed and the injured passenger was flown to the hospital by helicopter; his condition was considered critical. Neither high school student was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Three factors that contribute to the high risk of teen vehicle accidents were present in this crash: (1) being male – the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers is almost double that of female drivers; (2) teen drivers driving with teen passengers; (3) teens who are newly licensed – the risk of crash is very high the first year a teen is eligible to drive.

Teenage drivers, between the ages 16 and 19, are four times more likely to be involved in an car crash than older drivers. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. More than one in every three teen deaths is caused by a car crash

If you have been involved in an accident with a teen or any other driver in Missouri, you may be entitled to compensation for your current and future medical expenses, damage to your vehicle, lost wages or loss of earning capacity, and more. Contact the St. Louis auto accident attorneys at Page Law at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation.


Missouri Teen Killed in Single Vehicle Car Accident in Lewistown

By John Page on December 15, 2010 - Comments off

A Lewistown high school student died from her injuries sustained from a one-vehicle car accident in Lewistown that occurred on Sunday, November 28, reports The Quincy Herald-Whig.

The Missouri car crash occurred when a 1997 Ford in which the student was an occupant in ran off the left side of the road and flipped over. Neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing a seat belt. The driver, who was 18, was not injured in the accident. The student passenger, who was also 18, died at a local hospital the morning after the Missouri car crash.

That same day, the driver of the Ford was arrested for second degree assault for driving while intoxicated, and more charges are pending. In addition, a 45-year-old man was later arrested for supplying alcohol to the driver.

Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20-year-olds. In about 28 percent of all fatal car accidents with a teen driver, the driver had been drinking. In Missouri, 300 of the 874 individuals killed in automobile accidents in 2009 were killed as a result of drunk driving.

How can we prevent teens from drinking and driving so we can avoid tragedies like the one that occurred in Lewiston? Obviously, parental supervision is important. Monitor your children’s parties and of course, do not serve alcohol at any of your parties if minors will be present. Educate your children and their friends about the consequences of drunk driving. If you see a teen who you suspect may have drinking problems, speak up. You may also consider becoming involved with causes that work to pass tougher drunk driving laws.

If you have been involved in an accident with a negligent driver, contact the Missouri car accident attorneys at Page Law, LLC. Our attorneys will fight hard to protect your rights. Call us today at 1-314-488-2433 to schedule a free consultation.


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