Missouri Car Accident Blog

Early-Morning Rollover Accident Claims Ava, Missouri Man’s Life

By John Page on November 6, 2012 - Comments off

An early-morning rollover accident claimed the life of a man from Ava, MO recently, according to an article in the Douglas County Herald.

Rescue workers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, and the Ava and Goodhope fire departments responded to the scene of the one-car accident, which occurred around 1:00 a.m. According to investigators, the driver of the pickup truck that had crashed at the scene had hit a culvert, causing his vehicle to roll over.

The driver lost his life in the crash. Investigators believe he was not wearing a seatbelt when the rollover occurred.

Rollover accidents account for only about 2 percent of all car accidents in the United States, but they claim about 33 percent of all lives lost in car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Vehicles with a higher center of gravity, such as pickup trucks, are more likely to roll over than those with a lower center of gravity, such as small cars.

Seatbelts are the number-one line of protection in rollover accidents, according to the NHTSA. One study found that those who wore seat belts had their chances of dying in a rollover accident cut in half, compared to those who did not wear seat belts. Seat belt use also helped reduce the severity of injury in rollover accidents; those who wore seat belts were, on average, less severely injured than those who did not wear seat belts.

At Page Law, our Missouri rollover accident lawyers will help you fight for the compensation you need after a crash. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential case evaluation.


How Does My Missouri Auto Insurance Work After an Auto Accident?

By John Page on October 17, 2012 - Comments off

In Missouri, drivers are required to carry certain minimum amounts and types of auto insurance. You can also purchase higher coverage amounts and/or different types of insurance to cover certain kinds of losses, as long as your policy meets the minimum requirements.

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, the minimum insurance types and amounts required for Missouri drivers in 2012 were: $25,000 per person for bodily injury; $50,000 per accident for bodily injury; and $10,000 per accident for property damage.

The first two amounts cover “bodily injury,” or physical injuries caused by the car accident. For instance, if your car is involved in a crash with another car, your bodily injury limits would cover injuries suffered in the accident.

Missouri Car Insurance

The $25,000 limit applies to each person, and the $50,000 limit applies to each accident. For instance, suppose one accident leaves three people injured. No one person could receive more than $25,000 of payments for injuries under the policy, and the totals for all three people combined could be no more than $50,000.

The final number, $10,000, applies to property damage. This includes both damages to vehicles and damages to other personal or real property. For instance, if a crash pushes your car off the road and into a fence, funds to fix the fence could come from the $10,000 property damage limit.

At Page Law, our Franklin County auto accident attorneys can help you understand your insurance policy, file a claim, and establish your right to benefits in mediation, settlement negotiations, or in court. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free telephone consultation.


Drivers Avoiding I-635 Construction in Platte County Pose New Auto Accident Risks

By John Page on October 10, 2012 - Comments off

Construction sites create an increased risk of Missouri auto accidents, especially when drivers are frustrated or inattentive and don’t take proper care while driving. But avoiding those sites can also create problems when drivers try shortcuts that don’t follow traffic rules.

One such situation on I-635 in Platte County is creating problems for motorists, construction workers, and local law enforcement. Currently, the bridge over the Missouri River from Riverside into Kansas is under construction. Traffic is down to one lane, and long waits are common.

To avoid the inevitable delays caused by this project, some drivers are taking the ramp onto Horizons Parkway just before the traffic merges into a single lane on I-635. Instead of turning onto the parkway, however, these drivers are crossing the parkway and taking the on-ramp on the other side back onto I-635 – despite the fact that there are no lanes that allow drivers to do this.

Local law enforcement officials say that the maneuver is dangerous, not only because it violates traffic laws but because many drivers take the ramps at a high rate of speed. Although the trick can save a driver up to 10 minutes, it can also cause a serious accident.

Patience and attention are key skills to practice on the road, but when drivers allow their frustration or distractions to get the better of them, another person may be severely injured or even killed. If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, the aggressive auto accident lawyers in St. Louis at Page Law will fight to hold negligent parties responsible and win the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.


U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear DUI Blood Draw Case

By John Page on October 2, 2012 - Comments off

DUI Blood Test LawsThe U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case that tackles a law surrounding drunk driving arrests. The case addresses the question of whether police must get a warrant before drawing blood from a DUI (driving under the influence) suspect in order to test it for alcohol.

The case the Supreme Court will hear involves a driver from southeast Missouri. In 2011, the driver was pulled over by a police officer who suspected him of driving under the influence. After failing field sobriety tests, the driver refused to take a breath test. The officer then arrested the driver and took him to a police lab, where a blood draw was performed. The officer did not get a warrant before the blood draw, and the suspect protested the blood draw.

On appeal, the Missouri Supreme Court sided with the driver, saying that officers must get a warrant in most cases before doing an intrusive search like a blood draw. The state of Missouri appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that requiring officers to take time getting a warrant would allow blood alcohol levels to dissipate, effectively destroying evidence of drunk driving.

Currently, every U.S. state makes it a crime to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or above. Most states, including Missouri, test a driver’s BAC in one of two ways: with a breath test or with a blood test.

Drunk driving can cause serious injuries or even death, both to the driver and to others on the road. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Missouri drunk driving accident, call the experienced DUI auto accident victim lawyers at Page Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Our number is (314) 322-8515, and your initial consultation is free and confidential.


Children Face Particular Risks in Missouri Auto Accidents

By John Page on September 26, 2012 - Comments off

Children Auto AccidentsAuto accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. children ages 3 to 14 years old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On average, four children in this age group lose their lives and 529 children are injured every day in a U.S. motor vehicle accident.

Children under age 15 also made up about four percent of all traffic accident deaths in 2008 – 1,347 deaths in all. They accounted for about 8 percent of injuries in auto accidents. Although the number of deaths and accidents has gone down in recent years, too many children still suffer death or life-altering injuries in crashes.

Proper restraint use is key in protecting children from the worst of auto crash injuries. One NHTSA study found that seat belts, when used with booster seats when needed, reduced the risk of death for children in cars by 45 percent and children in light trucks by 60 percent.

When children aren’t using proper seat belts or car seats, the risk of death in a crash is literally doubled: 23 percent for children in proper restraints versus 46 percent for children without proper restraints. Among the youngest children, the numbers are even more shocking: 94 percent of children under age 4 who died in a 2008 car accident were not in a proper child seat at the time.

Auto accidents can have serious consequences, especially for children. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced St. Louis auto accident attorneys at Page Law to learn more about your legal rights. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a confidential case evaluation.


Understanding Missouri Seat Belt Laws

By John Page on September 18, 2012 - Comments off

Seat belts are one of the best and simplest lines of defense against serious injury or death in an auto accident, especially a catastrophic accident like a rollover crash. Missouri law requires most motorists and passengers to wear seat belts.

According to Missouri state law, the following groups must wear seat belts:

  • Anybody riding in the front seat of a vehicle that has a gross weight of 12,000 pounds or less. Nearly all passenger vehicles fall into this category.
  • Children ages 4 to 15, regardless of the size of the vehicle or what seat they are riding in (front or back).
  • Anyone under age 18 who is operating a truck, regardless of the truck’s size or weight. Riding in the bed of a truck is prohibited except for certain special circumstances, like parades.

For passengers under age 16, the driver is responsible for making sure that each one is buckled up and that children who need safety seats or booster seats are using the right kind of seat in the correct way. Passengers ages 16 or older are responsible for making sure their own seat belts are fastened.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an accident without a seat belt may be fatal even at speeds as low as 12 miles per hour. Air bags are designed to be used with seat belts; an air bag is 40 percent less effective at saving lives if a seat belt is not worn.

At Page Law, our St. Charles County auto accident attorneys will fight to help you hold any negligent parties accountable and to get the compensation you need after an accident. For a free, confidential case evaluation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.


Young Drivers Face Higher Risks on Missouri Roads

By John Page on September 6, 2012 - Comments off

Young drivers are more likely to suffer serious and deadly car accidents on Missouri roads, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP).

Young Driver Risks

The State Highway Patrol collects and analyzes traffic crash data in Missouri. In its 2010 analysis, the MSHP found that drivers under age 21 suffer a significantly larger percentage of the serious injury- and death-causing accidents on Missouri roads than other age groups. Specifically, the MSHP found that:

  • 26 percent of all Missouri car accidents involved a driver under age 21, and 15 percent of all fatal accidents involved a young driver.
  • In 73 percent of young driver accidents, the crash is triggered by one vehicle hitting another vehicle. About 19 percent of accidents involved a car hitting a fixed object, but about 33 percent of young driver fatalities involved a car hitting a fixed object.
  • Overall, accidents involving young drivers are more likely to occur in urban areas (63 percent). However, accidents that claim lives are more likely to occur in rural areas (76 percent).
  • Young drivers who lose their lives in accidents are more likely to be speeding (47 percent) than drinking (14 percent). Failing to yield the right of way contributed to slightly more young driver accidents than drinking (15 percent).

Young drivers’ lack of experience makes them more vulnerable to accidents, but age and experience don’t eliminate the risks of sharing the road with careless or inattentive drivers. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, the aggressive Missouri car collision lawyers at Page Law can help. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free telephone consultation.


Missouri Reconsiders Dangerous Interchange at U.S. Highway 24 and 61

By John Page on August 31, 2012 - Comments off

Missouri Hazardous RoadwaysThe Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission recently began considering safety improvements to the interchange at U.S. Highway 24 and U.S. 61, after reports of several accidents pointed to dangerous roadway conditions that have resulted in injuries.

Fifteen separate accidents have been reported at the interchange over the past 18 months, according to the Highway and Transportation Commission. Several of these accidents have occurred on the portion of the interchange that separates northbound drivers who want to continue north to Canton from those who want to go east toward Quincy.

During rainy weather, signs and highway lines become difficult to see, confusing motorists who are trying to navigate the interchange. Motorists are not always able to tell which lane they should be in to navigate the interchange correctly. More than once, the confusion and lack of visibility has resulted in several serious traffic accidents.

The Commission plans to begin work on the interchange after Labor Day and have it finished by the end of September. Plans are to keep at least one lane of traffic open at all times during the work, but parts of the on- and off-ramps in the interchange may need to be closed for brief periods of time for stripe painting, sign installation, and other tasks.

Car accidents aren’t always caused by collisions between vehicles. Dangerous road conditions can confuse drivers, cause vehicle damage, or even result in fatal crashes. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident on a stretch of dangerous roadway, the aggressive hazardous roadway accident lawyers in St. Louis at Page Law can help. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential case evaluation.


Construction Zones Can Be “Hot Spots” For Missouri Car Accidents

By John Page on August 21, 2012 - Comments off

Auto accidents in St. Louis occur in a wide range of situations, including at construction and other work sites. The changes in traffic flow, narrow lanes, and unpredictable obstacles all raise the risk of an accident at a construction zone and make it crucial for drivers to avoid distractions and focus on the road.

Construction Zone Dangers MissouriIn 2010, 1.7 percent of all car accidents occurred in construction zones, but 1.8 percent of all fatal accidents took place there, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. These numbers demonstrate that the risk of a fatal crash is much higher in a work zone than in an area with no construction. In all, 15 people died and another 1,033 were injured in construction zone accidents in 2010 alone.

Most (59.6 percent) Missouri construction zone car accidents occur in urban areas and on roads other than interstate highways. Only 38.6 percent of work zone accidents take place on the freeways in Missouri.

In 75 percent of injury-causing construction zone accidents, the injuries occurred when one motor vehicle navigating the construction struck another. While construction workers are often exposed at work sites, most injuries are actually suffered by those in the cars trying to get through the construction zone. Just under half (47.2 percent) of all vehicles involved in Missouri construction zone accidents are passenger cars.

If you’ve been hurt in a construction zone crash or any other type of auto accident, the Jefferson County auto accident lawyers at Page Law can help. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential case evaluation.


Understanding Your Missouri Auto Accident Coverage after a Crash

By John Page on August 16, 2012 - Comments off

Missouri Auto InsuranceAuto insurance in Missouri may provide coverage for a range of different types of injury, damage, and other costs after a crash. Your specific coverage after an accident will depend on the terms of your auto insurance policy, plus the terms of the policy of any other motorist involved in the accident.

Here are a few common types of Missouri car insurance coverage and what they cover:

  • Comprehensive coverage covers damage not suffered in a crash with another driver. For instance, if a hailstorm leaves dents in your car’s hood or a deer collides with your vehicle, comprehensive coverage applies to the damage. This coverage may or may not kick in after you pay a deductible.
  • Collision coverage covers damage to your vehicle suffered in a crash with another vehicle, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Like comprehensive coverage, a deductible may or may not apply.
  • Bodily injury coverage covers injuries to others involved in the accident. If another driver causes an accident that injures you, that driver’s bodily injury coverage may help to pay your medical bills and other health-related expenses.

Auto insurance can provide needed funds after a crash, but it’s not your only option for compensation. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, an experienced auto accident lawyer at Page Law can help you with every step of the process, from filing your auto insurance claim to fighting to hold negligent parties accountable. For a no-cost consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.


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