The State Highway Patrol keeps track of the numbers and types of Missouri car crashes occurring on its highways each year, including how many lives are lost. In the first part of 2011, the highway patrol found that the number of crashes was approximately the same as in 2010 – but the number of deaths has increased.
According to a report in the Kirksville Daily Express, the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to 87 crashes in surrounding counties in the first three months of 2010. During those same months in 2011, however, the highway patrol responded to only 84 crashes.
Even though the number of crashes is down from 2010, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a higher number of deaths. In just three counties, 9 people lost their lives in traffic crashes in the first three months of 2011, an increase from 3 deaths in those counties from car accidents last year. Meanwhile, Adair County had 13 fatal accidents this year, down from sixteen in 2010 – but Linn County also had nine crashes in 2011, down from three in 2010.
Driving safely can help reduce your chances of an accident, but drivers who choose to drive in a careless or reckless fashion still put everyone else on the road at risk. If you’ve been injured in a Missouri auto accident, the experienced St. Louis car accident attorneys at Page Law can help. To learn more about your legal rights and options after an accident, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515.
According to an article posted on StJoeNews.com, 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.