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Fatality in Wrong-Way Crash at Lucas And Hunt, St. Louis, Missouri

One Killed in Three-Vehicle Crash in North County

A 52 year-old St. Louis woman died at the scene of a traffic collision after a vehicle traveling the opposite direction struck her and another driver in a head-on collision.

The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on Lucas and Hunt just north of Interstate 70.  The victim was driving a Nissan Sentra northbound on Lucas and Hunt. At the same time, a 71 year-old man was also driving northbound.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said a 35 year-old man was traveling in a … [Read More]

Wrong-Way Driver in Double-Fatal Crash in Belleville, IL

Head-On Crash, Belleville, Illinois

A 911 call to the Belleville police came in at 12:44 a.m. on Saturday morning regarding  a pick-up going the wrong way on Illinois 15.

Just minutes later, police got another call about a head-on crash.

A 54 year-old New Athens man was driving the wrong way on Illinois 15  when he crashed head-on into a Kia Forte sedan of two Belleville gentleman, ages 36 and 37, fatally injuring both.  While, the driver has been arrested four times on DUI charges since 2000, the most recent being in October 2016; it is unknown … [Read More]

Fatalities and Injuries Over Holiday Weekend in Missouri

Summer Holiday Weekend Results in over 132 Crashes

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were a 132 motor vehicle crashes between 6 p.m. on June 30 and 12 a.m. on July 4, 2017.  These numbers do not include any crashes, injuries or fatalities worked by any municipality or county law enforcement.

During the same time period in 2016, there were five fatalities. This last weekend however, there were 14 reported fatalities according to the patrol.  There were 494 traffic crashes and 186 injuries.

There were 172 driving while under the influence citations and 118 … [Read More]

Make the Fourth of July Weekend the Safest and Not the ‘Most Dangerous’

Keep the Holiday Fun by Practicing Some Safety

Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July?  Safety reminders and a few minutes of planning can be the difference between injuries and a safe weekend. Due to alcohol, heavy traffic and fireworks, the holiday can be the most dangerous weekend of the summer.   Anytime alcohol is combined with driving, boating or fireworks, the results can be bad.

We know the combination of drinking and driving is deadly.  Obviously, a drunk person should not be doing the grilling or supervising the kids and fireworks, so use some common … [Read More]

Things NOT to Do Following an Injury Car Crash

We are Car Crash Injury Attorneys

If you are looking for a formula to negotiate with an insurance company following an injury in a motor vehicle crash—STOP!  You will not find correct information online.

Daily, I talk with individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents and mistakes can be made quickly and easily by unrepresented individuals.  Thus, I would like to share the most common mistakes in hopes a reader can avoid them.

An injury case is not a Do-It-Yourself kind of thing.

There are several common mistakes that are common when I … [Read More]

Three Fatal Crashes in Macon County, Illinois Over Weekend

Three Unrelated Crashes Result in Three Fatalities in Macon County, IL

Within 12 hours, three fatalities occurred on Macon County, Illinois roadways. All three motor vehicle crashes occurred between Sunday night and Monday morning. Police have indicated that alcohol is suspected as a factor in one of the incidents.

Death of Decatur Child in Head-On Collision

A 17 month-old Decatur girl suffered fatal injuries in a head-on motor vehicle collision on Lost Bridge Road near Western Drive. She passed at 1:05 a.m. at the hospital.

Decatur Police stated that it appeared that the 30 … [Read More]

Missouri Commercial Crashes on the Rise

Commercial Crashes Increase by 40 Percent

The number of deadly crashes involving commercial vehicles rose by more than 40 percent in three years according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

In 2016, there were 119 crashes across the state involving commercial motor vehicles such as semi trucks and dump trucks. In 2013, there were 84 commercial crashes.

According to the MoDOT commercial motor vehicle manager, Angie Hoecker, the upward trend over the past few years may be due to more vehicles on the roadway.  “The economy is improving, lower gas prices,” said Hoecker, … [Read More]

Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Missouri vs. Illinois

Differences in Fatality Rates Make a Statement

During National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a lot of attention is rightly focused on motorcycle crashes.  This spring, the Missouri legislature considered repealing some of Missouri’s motorcycle helmet laws as they have in years prior. A Springfield House member (Republican)  has sponsored the proposal every year since 2013, and last year was the first time he included language requiring increased health coverage for riding without a helmet.

On May 8, the possible repeal bill stalled in committee after passing the House last month, thus Missouri motorcyclists must continue to … [Read More]