St. Louis, Missouri Woman Killed in Head-On Crash with Trash Truck in Bridgeton
Posted on March 19th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
A St. Louis, Missouri woman is dead after colliding head-on with a trash truck. The accident occurred in Bridgeton in St. Louis County on Thursday morning according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The thirty-three year old woman, driving a 1999 Mercury Sable, crossed the center line and collided with the trash truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the trash truck, heading back to the trash facility, was treated with moderate injuries. Both were wearing seat belts.
Head-on collisions are some of the most dangerous accidents possible. When the force of two moving cars in motion collide going opposite directions, the force is incredible. This video shows just how serious the impact can be (and just how quickly the collisions can happen):
Often, a car will cross the center line, and the other driver will simply have no chance to react before the other car is right on top of them. In these cases, there’s nothing to do but brace yourself and pray for the best.
Statistics bear out just how serious these types of collisions can be. In 2005, head-on collisions accounted for just 2% of auto crashes, but accounted for over 10% of traffic fatalities. Because of this, states and the federal government have taken steps to help prevent vehicles from crossing over into oncoming traffic. These improvements include divided highways, putting a wall or barrier between lanes, and other impediments to opposite-traveling traffic. As states face tightening budgets, however, new projects such as these often get shelved and aren’t
In Missouri, a recent report indicates that traffic fatalities are on the rise after a decline over the past several years. This, again, is likely due to the fact that safety precautions tend to get cut when states face lost revenue, as Missouri has for the past three or so years. However, what is saved in terms of pure dollars is often replaced by a greater human cost when people are seriously injured or killed. When one takes into account needed medical treatment, loss of life, and the emotional tolls of these car accidents, it’s easy to see how saving a few dollars on the front end can wind up costing much, much more when all is said and done.
Zane T. Cagle and the Missouri personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm know how devastating head-on collisions can be. From catastrophic injuries to paralysis to wrongful death, these accidents often are life-changing events, both for those injured and for their family and loved ones. If you have been injured by a negligent driver who has struck you head-on, you’ll need an aggressive, compassionate attorney who will help you recover all your damages and help get you back to whole. The Missouri car accident attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm can provide this assistance. Call today at 1.800.685.3302 for a free consultation.