Posted on July 30th, 2015 by Zane Cagle
Head-on Collisions: Most Serious Crashes
A head-on collision near Union, Missouri resulted in a fatality last week when a concrete mixer truck slammed into a small car in Franklin County. The head-on crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Highway 47 between Washington and Union, Missouri.
Event Leading to the Crash
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a small orange vehicle was stopped northbound when authorities said it appeared the driver of a white Ford Escaped was not paying attention and plowed into the back of it pushing it into oncoming traffic.
The concrete mixer truck was traveling southbound and smashed head-on into the orange car killing the driver of the car. The victim was a 34 year-old man of Grey Summit. The driver of the car that rear-ended the orange car was a 79 year-old woman from Union, MO and her injuries were described as moderate.
The accident remains under investigation. Inattentiveness in driving is a major issue in general.
Inattentiveness can include many things including phone use including texting, changing CD, MP3 or radio stations and daydreaming or looking at scenery. Inattentiveness is the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents.
Failure to pay attention does not just endanger the driver, but others on the roadways. Often, “inattentiveness” is cited as a defense in a motor vehicle injury lawsuit as if the car crash was merely an “accident”. However, very few crashes are merely random acts of chance.
If a driver fails to pay attention or chooses to engage in a distracting behavior such as texting, operating car navigational tools or personal grooming at the wheel, they are liable for damages they cause if they are in a crash.
Car Crashes vs. Accidents
Accidents by definition are “an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause”. In fact, the source, gave an example of pregnancy was an accident. The word “accident” sounds like it is a random event without a cause, however, if you are able to read this blog then you are probably pretty aware of what causes pregnancy!
The number of motor vehicle collisions that occur merely by “chance” are very, very few. In almost all incidents, there was a human behavior that caused or contributed to the cause of the crash. The only exception would be mechanical failure of the motor vehicle.
Motor Vehicle Crashes
At The Cagle Law Firm, we believe car collisions have causes. The causes can range from improper turns to speeding to inattentiveness. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, you need to examine just what caused your crash. Was it something you did or failed to do such as stop? Were you paying attention in the moments leading to the crash or was the other driver breaking a rule of the road?
If you caused the crash, you can be deemed “negligent”. Negligent does not mean you “intentionally” crashed into another car. Negligence means “failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another”. If you caused the crash due to negligence, then your insurance carrier should pay for the damage. Likewise, if someone else caused a crash that injured you, you should receive compensation from the negligent party’s insurance company.
Often times insurance carriers will battle out the “causes” and degrees of fault which is where an car crash attorney is critical. If you’ve been hurt, you will need legal representation in order to get the compensation you deserve and need.
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