Personal Injury

The Importance of Wearing a Seatbelt

By John Page on May 20, 2010 - Comments off

Overall, nationwide seatbelt statistics have improved. In 2006, 81 percent of Americans buckled up regularly. In 2005, more than 15,000 people died in evening automobile crashes, and two-thirds of them were not wearing seatbelts. Each year, approximately 35,000 people are killed in car accidents and 50 percent of those people could have lived had they been wearing their seatbelts. In addition, each year, unbuckled people who were hurt or killed in auto accidents cost the U.S. an average of $18 billion in medical costs, insurance costs, and overhead costs.

In addition to remembering to buckle up, parents need to not only buckle up their children, but must also make sure that their car seats are properly installed. Auto accidents are the number one killer of children between the ages of 4 and 14. Until the age of one and twenty pounds, infants need to be in a rear-facing infant or convertible seat. Children between the ages of one and four between 20 and 40 pounds must be in a forward facing convertible seat or a combination seat with a harness. The group of children who are the most neglected when it comes to seatbelt safety are those between the ages of four and eight. Those children should be in a belt-positioning booster with no back or a high back belt-positioning booster.

Pregnant women should also always wear seatbelts. Seatbelts do not harm an unborn baby – instead, seatbelts actually protect unborn children in the event of an auto accident in St. Louis. If you have any questions, each state has free child safety inspection sites.

Auto injuries and deaths can often be prevented by the use of a seatbelt. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Missouri vehicle accident as the result of someone else’s negligence, contact the dedicated St. Louis car injury attorneys at Page Law today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation.


Two-Car Accident Results in Death of Missouri Teenager

By John Page on March 31, 2010 - Comments off

A two-car collision the evening of Friday, March 12, 2010 resulted in the death of a Thayer teenager. According to a News-Leader article, a 16-year-old girl was violently thrown from the driver’s seat of her Toyota Celica when an oncoming car, driven by a 17-year-old boy, crossed the center dividing line and collided with her vehicle. Officials pronounced the girl dead at the scene.

The accident occurred around 10 p.m. on U.S. 160. The boy and the two other teenage passengers in the victim’s car all suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to a local hospital. Highway patrol is currently unable to determine whether the injured teenagers were wearing their seat belts.

Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. They account for more than one in three deaths for the 16- to 19-years-old age bracket. In 2008, 3,500 teenagers between ages 15 and19 died as a result of motor vehicle accidents and 350,000 were treated in emergency rooms for accident-related injuries. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with proper seatbelt usage.

If a teenage driver has injured you, or a loved one, you have rights and are entitled to recover compensation for resulting financial losses. It is important that you seek legal counsel from an experienced St. Louis personal injury attorney who can advise you of your entitlements. The Missouri automobile accident wrongful death lawyers at Page Law will work with you to ensure that you receive the best possible result for your case. Call (314) 322-8515 today for a free consultation about the details of your case and possible remedies.



Fatal Accident Involves Three Cars in Rural Missouri

By John Page on March 17, 2010 - Comments off

The importance of wearing seatbelts was highlighted again, in a recent Missouri car accident. According to NBC Action News, a 41-year-old man from Montrose was killed in a three-car accident on Route H, near Route KK, after his car struck another vehicle. The initial collision occurred when the man, for reasons that are not yet clear, sideswiped a car traveling in his lane. His vehicle then crossed the centerline and collided with a truck going in the opposite direction. The 41-year-old man was not wearing his seat belt and died from his injuries. The driver of the truck, a passenger in the truck and the driver of the other vehicle were all treated for minor personal injuries at the scene. All three were wearing a seatbelt.

While seat belt usage in Missouri has gone up by over 15% in the last decade to 77% in 2009, failure to use a seat belt still remains a problem. In fact, 70% of all Missouri drivers who were killed in traffic collisions were not wearing a seatbelt. Also, the statistics show that 97% of all accidents in which the vehicle occupants were buckled up, did not involve fatalities.

Please remember, as a car accident victim you have rights. An at-fault driver in the state of Missouri can be held liable for the accident and injuries caused. If you or someone you know has been injured in a Missouri auto accident and you want to know your legal rights and options, please contact the experienced St. Louis car crash attorneys at the law offices of Page Law. We will offer a free, confidential and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families. If you have lost a loved one due to wrongdoing or negligence, we will assist you in filing a wrongful death claim. Contact our legal team today at 314-322-8515 so that we may help you during this difficult time.



Toyota Stands Firm that Electronic Defects Not to Blame for Acceleration Issues

By John Page on March 15, 2010 - Comments off

A recent article maintains that Toyota is still insistent that the electronic safety systems in its vehicles are safe and free from defect. The automaker reasons that any unintended acceleration issues in its vehicles have solely been caused by mechanical defects; namely issues centering-around sticky gas pedals and faulty floor mats that could cause a gas pedal to become stuck.

Reportedly, in facing evidence that their electronic throttle system can cause a vehicle to unintentionally accelerate, Toyota Motor Corp commissioned its own third party sources to examine the issue. A Stanford University expert and the engineering consulting company Exponent both agreed that unintended acceleration issues could not be caused by the method other studies support. This is due to the argument that those other studies present methods that are not likely to occur in real-world settings.

While the debate between whether or not mechanical or electronic issues are to blame for Toyota vehicles and their tendency to unintentionally accelerate continues, the fact of the matter remains that innocent people have been affected by Toyota’s defective vehicles. Car manufacturers are responsible for providing consumers with products that are safe to drive and free of defect, regardless of where those defects may stem from. Furthermore, car manufacturers have an obligation to repair defects in a timely manner once they are discovered, and must properly warn consumers of any dangers that arise as a result of those defects. Internal documents and years of apparently avoiding electronic systems tests having to do with unintended acceleration have led to at least five U.S. crash deaths in Toyota or Lexus vehicles since 2007.

If you have been injured in an unintended acceleration accident in your Toyota vehicle, please do not hesitate to contact the experienced car accident injury attorneys in St. Louis at Page Law. Our skilled Missouri personal injury attorneys will examine the circumstances of your accident and will hold negligent auto manufacturers accountable for their actions. For more information, please call us today at 866-620-5757 for a free consultation of your case.



Recent Missouri Car Accident Fatalities Highlight Unsafe Roadways

By John Page on March 10, 2010 - Comments off

Two recent deaths are being attributed to dangerous Missouri highways, especially in the area of St. Charles County. A news article in the Suburban Journals states that a 50-year-old woman died from injuries she suffered in a January accident on the part of Highway DD where there is no shoulder. In February, a Defiance man was killed while walking back to his car that had slid into a ditch on another roadway that did not have a shoulder.

These are only two victims of the eleven total that have lost their lives within the past eleven months on the state highways – D, DD, F, Z and 94. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is evaluating these roadways for safety improvements. County and MoDOT officials recognize the safety issues but have yet to act. One official from MoDOT claims that they do not have sufficient funding to make the highway safer by adding shoulders.

In these tough economic times, government agencies often hesitate to spend money on these important projects that could have an impact on the safety of our communities. What they fail to understand is that ignoring a dangerous roadway condition exposes them to liability and puts innocent citizens in danger. Each year, thousands of people sustain devastating injuries or are killed because of hazardous roadways.

The responsibility for the safety of the roadways rests on the shoulders of the government agency that maintains them. If you have been injured due to a defective or dangerous roadway, the governmental agency in charge of maintaining that roadway could be held liable. These claims have time limits and it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as you are able. Please do not hesitate to contact an experienced St. Louis injury vehicle accident lawyer at Page Law today at 314.322.8515 for a free and comprehensive consultation. We can help.



Two Missouri Car Accidents Leave Five Injured

By John Page on March 3, 2010 - Comments off

According to an article posted on, five people were injured Sunday January, 9 on Interstate 29 two miles south of St. Joseph. Missouri Highway Patrol stated that four victims were taken to Heartland Regional Medical Center for treatment for moderate injuries. The fifth victim suffered minor injuries and was also taken to Heartland.

The first accident occurred on the northbound lanes of the highway when a 21-year-old man in a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was driving faster than a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by a 28-year-old man. Apparently, the 21-year-old man struck the rear of the Blazer. The Pontiac then overturned and went off the east side of the road before hitting a guardrail and landing on the passenger side.

In another case, a 21-year old woman driving a 1996 Honda Accord struck a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by a 21-year old man from Rosendale, on Highway 71 three miles west of Bolckow. The man suffered serious injuries and was taken to Heartland for treatment. He was later transferred to a Kansas City hospital. The Accord struck the driver’s side of the vehicle and ran off the northwest side of the highway, causing both vehicles to land in the median. Fortunately, all occupants of the two crashes wore seat belts.

Car accidents are altogether too common. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, you may have many questions regarding your legal capabilities. The experienced Missouri auto collisions attorneys at Page Law can help you learn your rights and achieve the compensation you deserve. Accidents like the ones above can lead to expensive medical bills and potentially years of suffering. Call Page Law today at (866) 620-5757 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal rights.



Man Dies in I-70 Auto Accident when Van Goes Airborne

By John Page on February 24, 2010 - Comments off

A Bellefontaine Neighbors man was fatally injured early January 14, 2010 in a crash that shut down Interstate 70 for more than three hours. A 29-year-old man had been speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on I-70 just before 1 a.m. on Thursday when he lost control of a Ford Windstar van, St. Louis police say.

Witnesses told police that the van crossed all three westbound lanes of the interstate and hit the guardrail. Then, the van went airborne and hit the concrete overpass at Cass Avenue. The van rolled on its side, slid across the interstate and slammed into a concrete barrier. The victim died at a local hospital.

The St. Louis Police Department’s accident-reconstruction team is investigating this incident. Results of toxicology tests could take several weeks. Westbound I-70 was closed while police investigated the fatal crash. The interstate was reopened at about 4:30 a.m. later that morning.

Luckily, no innocent motorists were affected by this accident. That is not always the case. All too often, innocent drivers are affected by other motorists’ negligence and reckless driving. More than 40,000 people are killed in about five million motor vehicle accidents each year. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident in Missouri, contact a skilled St. Louis van accident injury attorney at Page Law to discuss your claim. Injuries caused by someone else’s negligence may entitle you to recoup expenses for medical bills, vehicle damage and any other financial loss you might incur as a result of your injury. Contact Page Law today at (866) 620-5757 for a free consultation.



Missouri State Trooper Killed in Highway Accident

By John Page on February 3, 2010 - Comments off

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was struck and killed by a car when he was responding to a crash on the Interstate 44 near Eureka, according to a KSDK news report. The 49-year-old trooper stopped to help police officials with an accident as they were waiting for a tow truck. The trooper got out of his vehicle and walked around it when he was struck by an SUV. Investigators believe slick roads may have played a part in this fatal car crash.

Officials say there have been a number of motor vehicle accidents in Missouri recently where drivers have been traveling at unsafe speeds given bad weather and slick road conditions. If you are driving in wintry weather, please remember to slow down and brake early enough so you can avoid colliding with another vehicle. These simple precautionary measures are apparently what the driver of the SUV in the aforesaid incident failed to do, which resulted in a tragic accident.

If you’ve been struck and injured by a vehicle, or if a loved one has suffered injuries in an accident, please contact a Missouri pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible. Complex issues regarding claims, comparative negligence, and fault often arise, and a Missouri personal injury attorney at Page Law will be the professional you need at your side. Our lawyers will be able to explain your legal rights and options to you as a victim in a Missouri auto accident case. Call us today for a free and comprehensive consultation.



Red Light Runner Causes Auto Accident in Springfield

By John Page on January 13, 2010 - Comments off

Three people were injured in a Missouri auto accident after a driver ran a red light and crashed into a truck, pushing the truck into a building. According to a news report in the Springfield News Sun, the driver of a Chevy Lumina ran a red light and struck a pickup truck, which then went through the glass window of a bank. Thankfully, no one in the building was hurt. Another driver who was in a Ford Focus was hit by both the Lumina and the truck following the initial collision. The driver of the truck, the driver of the Lumina, and a passenger in the Lumina, were all injured. However, none of them suffered life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Lumina was cited for running a red light.

Running a red light is a serious offense in Missouri. According to Missouri Revised Statutes Section 304.271. 1.: “The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of any official traffic-control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of the law, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in the law.”

If you have been injured by a red light runner, you are the victim of negligence. Please contact an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer at Page Law for a free consultation and case evaluation. In such cases, victims may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, expenses relating to hospitalization and physical therapy. Contact Missouri car accident attorney John Page at Page Law today by calling (866) 620-5757.



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