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Posted on August 6th, 2012,
by Zane Cagle

Troy Man Killed & Two Injured in Lincoln County, Missouri Auto Accident

Posted on August 6th, 2012 by Zane Cagle

Troy Man Killed & Two Injured in Lincoln County, Missouri Auto AccidentA Troy man was killed and two other injured after a car accident Saturday evening in Lincoln County.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, a 51 yr-old Lake St. Louis woman was operating a 1993 Ford Explorer going northbound on Route H while a 70-yr old Troy man was driving south in a Chevrolet S10. When the Ford Explorer driver attempted to avoid another car, she lost control of the Explorer which crossed the center line and struck the Chevrolet. The Chevrolet then left the highway and overturned.

The 70 yr-old Troy man was flown to a local hospital and his passenger, a 65 yr old Troy woman was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. The driver of the Escape was also injured and classified by the report as “minor”.  According the report, all were wearing safety devices.

Upon reading this news article about this specific tragedy, the question occurs to me of what and why was the driver of the Explorer trying to avoid another carWas there actually a third car in this accident that contributed to the crash? Or was there another circumstance such as distracted driving or inattention that led to the crash? All are good questions.  If this were my family member, I would want all factors examined in this tragedy to determine what actually caused the Troy man’s death and two others injuries.  Investigators and accident reconstructionist can examine the terrain, automobiles and injuries as well as take statements and interview witnesses and injured victims to determine causes.  If a driver was negligent, then there is a claim against their insurance. If it is determined that a person’s negligence led to the death of another, then the family of the deceased victim may have a wrongful death claim.

As I have mentioned in prior blogs, “minor” and “non-life threatening” injuries can still be “life changing”. Due to the trauma of a motor vehicle crash, injuries are usually classified by their immediate status.  Fatalities are obviously the worst and injuries are classified as serious if the victim is in danger of losing their life or that full recovery is questionable. All of us that have been in a traumatic event such as a car accident realize that the full extent of injuries may not be evident until sometime after the accident.  A broken leg is easy to see in an x-ray, but a there are significant back and neck injuries that do not become fully evident until much later. Rather, we chalk it up back and neck pain and general and expected soreness.  But, after a few days, soreness and pain can be an indicator that something else is wrong.  This is not necessarily an oversight by emergency room physcian and he or her were assessing your most immediate injury.  Therfore, following up with your family doctor or specialist is always wise.

As a personal injury attorney, I would recommend that you see a physician at the onset of any pain following a car accident. Documentation of your injury is crucial when dealing with an insurance company. Also, I would highly recommend that you not accept any insurance offer within the first 30 days of an accident.  Too many people accept an insurance settlement and then discover, they have a herniated or ruptured disc in their back or neck and are43 left to bear the weight of all future medical costs and any lost wage. Often, physicians in the emergency room are looking to treat immediate injuries including bleeding and broken bones.  Often, they do not run MRIs or do in depth consultations due to time and area of specialization. The goal of emergency room treatment is to address life threatening medical conditions to get you through to see a specialist.  Due to the time restraints and personnel, emergency room physicians cannot do a 30-minute orthopedic consultation. At times due to the immediacy of the treatment after a crash, many symptoms have not become evident.   That is why it is so important to seek further medical care if you continue to have pain or symptoms.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident resulting in serious injuries or death, you should contact a personal injury attorney. I visit with victims and loved ones daily and I understand this is a horrendous time. Thinking about the future including medical bills and lost wages seems daunting and wrong, but the decisions or lack of decision you make right now will have an impact on the rest of you and your family’s lives.  Calling a personal injury attorney such as Zane T. Cagle is not a commitment to filing a lawsuit. Instead, talking to an attorney is an opportunity to get information so that when you do have to make decision then they are informed decisions.

Following up on an Investigation and looking out for your rights can be difficult when you are consumed with facing the loss of a loved one or if you are facing a long recuperation yourself.  Call the attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm where we are available for free consultations at (314) 276-1681.