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Protecting Children in St. Louis Side Impact Collisions

By John Page on July 21, 2010 - Comments off

Side impact collisions are the second most common type of fatal crashes, after frontal crashes. According to www.wedmd.com, kids’ seating arrangements in vehicles as well as the use of booster seats for children could greatly affect the chance of injury in a side impact collision.

A 2005 side impact collision study found that in side impact crashes, booster seats are very important. Children aged 4 to 8 were studied, and those who were in belt-positioning booster seats were 58 percent less likely to be injured in a side impact collision than those who weren’t in booster seats. The children were also less likely to have injuries to the head, face, abdomen and spine.

However, the type of booster seat is critical. Booster seats with a high back showed a much bigger decrease in risk of injury than backless booster seats. Backless models did not have a big advantage over seat belts alone, but researchers caution that those differences need to be studied more.

In addition to the booster seats, researchers studied seating arrangements in side-impact collisions. The study found that when children had additional passengers sitting in the rear seat of a vehicle, and all were wearing seatbelts, the risk of injury was 58 percent lower than when kids were in the rear row alone.

The study also found that head injuries were by far the most frequent injuries in side impact collisions, especially for children in the center seat of the vehicle or on the side of the car that was struck.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a side impact collision in Missouri? Contact the St. Louis vehicle collision attorneys at Page Law today at 314-322-8515. We can help protect your rights as well as obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

 

Fatal Missouri Car Accident on U.S. 65

By John Page on April 7, 2010 - Comments off

An 83-year-old man was killed in Hughesville, Missouri near the intersection of Hughesville Road and Route 65. After failing to yield to oncoming traffic on U.S. 65, his car was struck on the driver’s side by a vehicle containing a family of four, according to an ABC 17 News report. The man had been driving eastbound on Hughesville Road while the vehicle that struck him was driving southbound on U.S. 65. A few occupants in the other car involved sustained moderate personal injuries and were treated in a nearby hospital.

Failing to yield to oncoming traffic can be a costly and even a fatal mistake as this accident proves. In 2008, there were over 10,000 total crashes resulting in 85 fatalities in Missouri when drivers failed to yield the right-of-way. This collision occurred on a state numbered route. These routes have the highest percentage of total crashes and the highest percentage of fatal crashes.

In Missouri, at-fault drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way can be held liable for personal injuries caused. Victims of these accidents can pursue compensation for medical expenses including hospitalization fees, lost wages and other related damages. If the at-fault driver is deceased, the victims can file a claim for compensation against his estate or his liability insurance company.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Missouri car accident, please call the experienced St. Louis sideswipe collision attorneys of Page Law. Our skilled personal injury lawyers are ready to provide you with a free, comprehensive consultation. If a loved one was injured due to another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, we will assist you in holding the at-fault party liable. Let us work with you to get the compensation and support you deserve. Call 314-322-8515 today.

Source:http://www.kmiz.com/news/story.php?id=16190

 

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