A man died in a serious automobile accident in Barry County, Missouri on June 3, 2011, according to a report on news-leader.com. 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.