Cagle Law Firm
Attorney Zane Cagle

Posted on October 22nd, 2012,
by Zane Cagle

Granite City, IL Woman killed on Interstate 270 Near Troy, Missouri

Posted on October 22nd, 2012 by Zane Cagle

A Granite City, IL woman was tragically killed on Interstate 270 just west of Interstate 55 near Troy, IL in a two-vehicle accident, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The Granite City woman was a passenger in a Chevrolet pick-up driven by her 27-yr old daughter when apparently they were rear-ended by a man driving a Ford Mustang. The Chevy pick-up truck  then overturned and ejected the 62-yr old Granite City woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The 27 year old daughter was taken to a local hospital and released. The driver of the Mustang was treated for minor injuries and released. He was cited for improper lane usage.

Rollover crashes, such as the one mentioned in this article, are very devastating to those involved and to the victim’s families. Crashes involving rollovers are far more likely to lead to fatalities than other types of auto accidents. Because the passenger in the vehicle usually makes impact with the roof of the car as well as the sides of the car, the injuries are often far more severe. Occurrences have happened when seat belts did not engage and victims were thrown from the car, but wearing a seatbelt reduces those chances. If someone is not wearing a seat belt, they are likely to be tossed from the vehicle, which creates an extremely dangerous situation. Although rollovers account for just 3% of accidents, they account for almost 1/3 of all traffic fatalities.  8,200 people died in 2009 from rollover accidents out of the 23,382 people killed in car accident total.

Should a victim’s seatbelt not engage during an auto accident, then the victim or the victim’s family may have a personal injury case involving a defective product.  No matter the type of auto accident, it is important that investigators get involved very early as well as accident reconstruction experts to attempt to determine all of the factors involved in the crash.

New technology has been added to many newer models to help prevent these sorts of devastating accidents. Electronic stability control (ESC), for instance, makes it less likely for the vehicle to skid out of control. ESC works constantly in the background, tracking the car to ensure that the car is travelling in the direction the driver intends. It does this by measuring wheel angle as compared to vehicle’s actual direction. If the car senses the driver is going into a skid or is otherwise travelling in an unintended direction, the car applies brakes to the wheels independently of one another in order to correct the skid.

While new technology is constantly being developed to help prevent fatalities, there are simple steps a car owner to help reduce the risk of being in a rollover accident, or increase their chances of surviving such an accident:

  • Always wear a seat belt;
  • Check tire pressure regularly and make certain it is at a safe level, neither too full or too flat;
  • Watch your speed;
  • Make sure you aren’t hauling too much weight, thereby destabilizing the vehicle;

Even if a person does everything right, has the newest vehicle with all the safety features in good working order, auto accidents can still happen due to human error. Technology to control all human error may one day be a possibility but unfortunately, not yet.  Not very comforting if you have lost a loved one or been injured in an auto accident. If a loved one is killed in a car accident that was not their fault, you may have a wrongful death claim.  In that case, you want to find an attorney who has the experience and the compassion to tell the victim’s story effectively.  Zane T. Cagle and the Missouri and Illinois wrongful death attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm understand that the deceased is more than just a statistic.  They were a parent, a sibling, a child, and many other things that are more than just a police report or insurance check.

If a loved one has been killed in a car accident through the negligence of others, contact Zane T. Cagle and the Missouri and Illinois wrongful death attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm.  They strive to tell the story of the person killed, making sure the jury and insurance company fully understand just what the death has done to the family and explaining everything that was lost.  Call 1.800.685.3302 today for a free consultation.

If a loved one is killed in a car accident that was not their fault, you may have a wrongful death claim. In that case, you want to find an attorney who has the experience and the compassion to tell the victim’s story effectively. Zane T. Cagle and the Missouri and Illinois wrongful death attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm understand that the deceased is more than just a statistic. They were a parent, a sibling, a child, and many other things that are more than just a police report or an insurance check.

If a loved one has been killed  or injured in a car accident through the negligence of others, contact Zane T. Cagle and the Missouri and Illinois wrongful death attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm. They strive to tell the story of the person killed, making sure the jury and insurance company fully understand just what the death has done to the family and explaining everything that was lost. Call 1.800.685.3302 today for a free consultation.