Two Head-on Collisions Result in Fatalities in Missouri
Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Zane Cagle
Eight Road Fatalities Over the Weekend
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, there were eight fatalities which is unusually high for a non-holiday weekend. These kind of numbers are similar to a summer holiday weekend such as the Fourth of July weekend. There were eight different incidents, several of the crashes resulted from one-vehicle collisions.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol frequently reminds us of the importance of wearing a seat belt. Statistically, if you stay in the vehicle opposed to being ejected, you have a greater chance of survival in a serious crash. Seat belts never guarantee one won’t be injured, but they greatly reduce movement of one’s body during the crash. The biggest difference a seat belt can make is keeping you in the vehicle during a crash that may otherwise eject the occupants.
Two Head-On Collisions Claim Lives
Head-on collisions are usually the most dangerous crashes because the vehicles meeting combine force on the front of both vehicles. This past weekend, there was a head-on collision between a motorcyclist and a Ford F350 pickup in Howell County. According to the MSHP, the head-on collision resulted in the death of the 53 year-old West Plains man. According to the MSHP, the motorcyclist crossed the center of the roadway and struck the Ford F350 head on at around 5:30 p.m. on MO 14, 5 miles west of West Plains. This motorcycle crash was the 17th fatality in that county for 2018.
In a crash on Saturday night, a 25 year-old Union, MO man was fatally injured and his one-year old passenger suffered minor injuries and was transported via ambulance. It was approximately 10 p.m. when a Honda Accord driven by a 21 year-old woman crossed the center line and struck a Chevrolet Impala head on. The driver of the Accord was reported as moderately injured and not wearing a seat belt. The fatally injured man was reported as wearing his seat belt and the child was properly restrained.
Six Fatalities in Separate Incidents
The other six fatalities were from six separate incidents beginning about 1 a.m. on Saturday when a 22 year old Ellsinore man traveled off the side of the road, over corrected, traveled into a ditch and the driver was ejected in Carter County.
In Camden County, a 64 year old Kansas City woman was fatally injured when the golf cart she was driving and backing northbound on Flintstone Circle, traveled off the west side of the roadway and down a 60 foot embankment. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
In Morgan County around 5:43 p.m. on Saturday evening, the 26 year-old passenger of Versailles, MO in a one-vehicle crash was killed when the vehicle lost traction while negotiating a curve, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a fence and a tree before coming to rest. The 24 year-old driver of Jefferson City, MO was reported with a minor injury.
In Stoddard County, a 45 year old Bertrand, MO man was killed in a one-vehicle collision around 9 p.m. on Saturday night after his pick up crossed the median, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and came to rest in a field.
In Newton County, a 35 year old Webb City man was killed early Sunday morning at approximately 2:35 a.m. after his Hyundai Sante Fe ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree and began to overturn. A 24 year-old Joplin woman and a 34 year-old Seneca, MO woman were both injured passengers in the crash. According to the MSHP report, none of the occupants were wearing seat belts.
In Oregon County, a 58 year old Winona, MO man was killed after his Toyota pickup failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway, over corrected and crossed the roadway and overturned, ejecting the driver. The incident occurred around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday night and the driver was reported as not wearing a seat belt.
If You Are Involved in a Motor Vehicle Crash
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle crash and injured or if you have lost a loved one in a collision, you will probably need legal representation. At minimum, you should contact an experienced car crash attorney for a free consultation. Before you begin talking to insurance companies, you should consult with an attorney.
Car crash claims and wrongful death claims can be complicated especially without the guidance of an experienced car crash attorney.