Number of Car Accident Deaths in Missouri Rises Due to Winter Weather
Posted on January 8th, 2014 by Zane Cagle
A fatal crash on Interstate 44 occurred Monday that is blamed on the icy roadways. At 10:40 a.m. a car apparently slid on ice and collided with a tractor-trailer. The victim was identified today as a 20-year St. Louis woman. According to reports, she lost control of her car and was hit by a semi and her car was forced into the guardrail. The snowstorm that dumped many inches of snow on St. Louis resulted in several accidents across Missouri, but the only fatality on Monday morning was on I-44. According to reports, the young woman had waited to drive until Monday because of the roadways.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said that many motorists appeared to follow advice to stay home or to drive more slowly and more cautiously if they did try to hit the roadway. Many were able to avoid the roadways and unfortunately, many drivers still had to make driving trips. While over three dozen wrecks were worked by the Missouri Highway Patrol on Monday, the tragic death of the young woman appears to be the one fatality. Patrol Capt. Tim Hull says most of the three-dozen wrecks involved vehicles sliding off the road.
A car crash fatality in Montgomery City, Missouri occurred on December 28, 2013 when a crash occurred after a car struck a patch of ice, went off the side of the road, overturned several times and came to a rest on its left side at the bottom of an embankment. The 32-year old mother and 5 year old boy were taken to Columbia Hospital and the five year old boy later died.
Snow & “Black Ice” Make Travel Difficult
Snow and ice not only make travel inconvenient and difficult but can be very dangerous. As road crews work to clear our highways and streets, you still have to be very wary of “black ice”. “Black ice” sometimes called clear ice, refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface. While not truly black, it is almost transparent and allows for the black asphalt roadway or surface to be seen through it, hence the name “black ice”. This type of ice is practically invisible to drivers on roadways and is particularly dangerous as it can cause skidding due to loss of traction whether on a roadway or sidewalk. While the exact cause of the two fatalities is not clearly known, it was stated that both were weather related auto accidents. It was not stated whether “black ice” was the cause of simply ice/snow in general. Of the three dozen or more wrecks in the St. Louis area, we are fortunate that more people were not killed, however, the loss of one life in an auto accident or truck accident is tragic. The weather forecast promises warmer temperatures and a weekend of 50 degrees! Many of the side streets and some highways are still snow covered. Interstates still have patches of snow, ice and black ice, so driving into the weekend should still be cautious. As roads begin to melt, some of the packed snow and ice can still remain as a great deal of snow fell and has to be removed. Drive slowly and be on the lookout for snow and ice on roadways.
If Injured in a Car Accident, Do I Need an Attorney?
If you have been in a car accident or truck accident that resulted in injuries, you may need legal representation. If you or a loved one was seriously injured, consulting a personal injury attorney early after your accident can give you the peace of mind of having a professional look after your best interests. At The Cagle Law Firm, our attorneys understand that an auto accident can be life changing. Concentrating on returning to good health can occupy most of your time and during that time, you may have had to miss work, accumulated many medical bills and require much rehabilitation. These factors cause physical and emotional stress as well as financial hardship. Our firm represents clients who have been seriously injured in accidents. If you are unsure if you need an attorney or whether or not you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Missouri or Illinois, consultations are always free at (314) 276-1681 or locally, (314) 276-1681