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Car-Bus Crash Leaves Southwest Missouri Students with Minor Injuries

By John Page on November 14, 2012 - Comments off

An accident between a school bus and a car in southwest Missouri left several students with minor injuries and required hospital attention for the drivers of both vehicles, according to an article in St. Louis Today.

The Missouri school bus collision between the car and the bus caused moderate injuries to both the bus’s driver and the driver of the car, according to Springfield, Missouri police officers. Both were transported to local hospitals for treatment, and both are expected to recover from their injuries.

The fifty students on the bus, third-graders at Marshfield Elementary School in Springfield, included several who were also taken to local emergency rooms for treatment. Several of them suffered minor injuries, which were treated before the students were released to their parents. The school district arranged for another bus to transport the remaining students back to the school, cutting short their planned visit to the Discovery Center.

Bus accidents are less common in Missouri than collisions between two cars, and accidents involving school buses are even less common. However, when a car collides with a school bus, serious injuries can occur both to those on the bus and those in the car. In a serious crash, some of these injuries may even be fatal.

Car accidents don’t always injure those in other cars. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants of vehicles like buses may also suffer injury when a crash occurs. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident of any kind, the Missouri auto accident attorneys at Page Law are on your side. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential consultation.

 

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.

 

Missouri’s Cape Girardeau County Revises Its Speed Limit Rules

By John Page on June 19, 2012 - Comments off

Cape Girardeau County in Missouri has revised its speed limit rules. Although most posted speed limits will stay the same, the new rules make them easier to enforce, according to a recent article in the Southeast Missourian.

Speed Limit Laws MissouriCurrently, about 90 percent of the roads within the Cape Special Road District in the county have posted speed limits of either 25 or 35 miles per hour. Prior to 1997, when Cape Girardeau was a second-class county, these speed limits were enforceable. When Cape Girardeau County became a first-class county in 1997, however, state law made the default speed limit 60 miles per hour on many rural roads.

State law also creates a legal presumption that the posted speed limit, no matter what it is, is the legal speed limit. To make these speed limits settled law, however, the county must hold hearings and pass an ordinance, which it is in the process of doing. Updating the speed limit ordinances will remove any legal confusion about which speed limit rules apply; the speed limit drivers must follow is the one posted on the county’s roads.

The hearings will be held July 5 and July 12 at 9 a.m. at the Cape Girardeau County Commission Chambers, and July 10 at 10 a.m. at the Cape Special Road District Office.

Speeding is a cause of serious injuries and deaths in car accidents each year. If you’ve been injured by a speeding driver, a hardworking car accident attorney in St. Louis at Page Law can help. To learn more, call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free, confidential consultation.

 

State Seeks Criminal Charges after Tow Truck Driver Struck, Killed in Hit-and-Run

By John Page on April 27, 2012 - Comments off

A driver has been charged with a criminal case of hit and run after prosecutors allege he caused an accident that took the life of an Imperial, Missouri resident last week, according to a news report from Fox2Now.

The man who lost his life was a tow truck driver. He had stopped at a broken-down vehicle on Interstate 70 near O’Fallon to help the owners. The tow truck driver was placing flares to help other motorists see and avoid the broken-down vehicle when he was struck by a passing car. That car continued driving and left the scene, but a following vehicle’s driver called 9-1-1. Rescue workers found the tow truck driver had lost his life by the time they were able to reach him.

The driver who is said to have fled the scene has been charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident in St. Louis, which is a crime in the state. The deceased man’s employer, AAA of Missouri, said that it was the first accident of its kind any of their employees had experienced on the job in the state.

Criminal charges are only one way the courts can address wrongdoing in the form of a hit and run accident. A person or family injured by a hit and run may also bring a civil case in court to seek damages directly from the person whose negligence resulted in the accident. At Page Law, our dedicated St. Charles County auto accident attorneys can help you investigate your accident and seek the compensation you need. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and confidential case evaluation.

 

NHTSA Investigates 2010 Jeep Wrangler Engine Fires

By John Page on April 24, 2012 - Comments off

Several reports of engine fires in 2010 Jeep Wrangler vehicles have prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate the vehicles and to ask their manufacturer, Daimler-Chrysler, for information related to similar problems in different model years, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

The NHTSA began its investigation on March 28 after receiving eight complaints about engine fires, including two reports of injury and four reports of house or garage fires. The agency currently believes that overheated wiring coming into contact with flammable transmission fluid is responsible, but it warns that the investigation is not yet complete. Since beginning the investigation, the NHTSA has received 15 additional complaints from other Wrangler owners.

Neither the NHTSA nor Chrysler have issued a vehicle recall since the exact source of the fires and a method for fixing the problem have not yet been discovered. Chrysler has promised to cooperate with the NHTSA. The company has until May 22 to turn over the information the NHTSA asked for, which includes any reports of problems in Jeep Wranglers built between 2007 and 2012. So far, NHTSA mechanics have only examined vehicles produced in the 2010 model year, however.

Defective vehicle parts, neglected maintenance, or bungled repairs can all cause serious safety problems that may result in a crash. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the diligent Franklin County car accident attorneys at Page Law can help you find out what factors led to the crash and fight with you to hold any negligent parties responsible for their actions. For a free case evaluation, call our office today at (314) 322-8515.

 

Deaths in Traffic Accidents Increasing in Missouri

By John Page on March 26, 2012 - Comments off

Missouri Fatal Accident StatisticsAfter several straight years of decreasing, the number of deaths in traffic accidents is once again slowly going up in Missouri, according to a recent article in the Missouri News-Horizon.

Compared to the first two months of 2011, the first two months of 2012 have been more deadly on the road in Missouri. January and February of 2012 have seen 34 more deaths than the same two months of 2012.

The Missouri Highway Patrol notes that this trend is both saddening and perplexing. 2011 saw the fewest number of highway deaths since 1949, and deaths had been decreasing for many years prior, an encouraging sign that attempts to improve safety on Missouri highways were working. The sudden spike in deaths in the first months of 2012, however, seems to have no obvious cause, and law enforcement and safety organizations are still attempting to figure out what factors are causing the spike.

One thing law enforcement officers have noticed about the recent Missouri car crash fatalities is that in two-thirds of fatal accidents, those who lost their lives were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The Missouri Highway Patrol reminds drivers that seat belts are one of the easiest ways to prevent a crash from turning deadly.

At Page Law, our aggressive and skilled St. Louis car accident attorneys have helped many of those injured in car accidents get the compensation they deserve. We can help you through every step of the process. To learn more about your legal rights and options after an accident, call Page Law today at (314) 322-8515 for a free and confidential telephone consultation.

 

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