Slippery Roads Cause Crashes across the Midwest

This February has been very icy and there are many accidents to show for it, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Missouri-car-accident-lawyerJust a day or two into February, the crash reports by the Missouri Highway Patrol began to come in. Crashes were reported in southeast and east Missouri and were responded to by Troop E officers. Not only were there several vehicle accidents, but three MoDOT plow trucks that were sent in to deal with the snow and make the roads safe for Missouri drivers actually overturned due to black ice. Fortunately, no one was injured when the plows tipped over.

When driving conditions become this severe, it is advised that drivers slow down, be extra cautious, prepare for slippery roads, make sure never to follow too closely behind any vehicles (especially larger vehicles like snow plows), and make sure that your full attention is on the road at all times.

Missouri has not been the only state affected by the snow and ice storms. All across the Midwest drivers have been facing hazardous conditions. Kentucky, Iowa, and Oklahoma have also been reporting their fair share of accidents.

Take for example an accident involving a semi-truck on Sunday, February 2:

Paducah, Kentucky resident, Penny Free, 63, was traveling with her 5-year-old granddaughter, heading eastbound on I-24E, when she lost control of her vehicle. Her Buick Roadmaster spun around and struck a semi truck directly behind her. Both vehicles came to stop on the median.

It took about an hour for the semi truck to be extricated from the median.

Free sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.

That evening an accident involving an SUV and two semi trucks resulted in three fatalities.

The crash occurred around 8 p.m. on the Red River bridge connecting Texas and Oklahoma. The accident happened when the driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle (most likely due to the icy roadways) as he was heading south on Highway 69/75. Officers think that the driver was driving just a little too fast for the icy conditions, lost control and struck the bridge. The SUV then bounced off the bridge and slammed into the guardrail, bouncing off that as well, then slamming back into the first guardrail once again. It was at this point that the SUV was hit by the first semi truck. Moments later a second semi truck became involved and also struck the SUV. Finally all three vehicles came to a stop.

The SUV was crushed between the side wall of the bridge and one of the semi trucks.

There were nine total occupants in the SUV. Three people, including one child were killed. The victims were identified as the driver Juan Garcia, 40, of Miami, Okla., passenger Anita Mayorga, 70, of Miami, Okla., and a juvenile.

Neither semi truck driver was injured.

There was another semi truck accident nearby, illustrating just how bad the conditions really were. The road needed to be closed for close to 5 hours while officers dealt with the accidents and ODOT and TxDOT workers sanded the roads.

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Hillsboro Man Killed In Hit And Run Accident

st-louis-hit-and-run-car-accident-attorneyA hit and run accident killed an elderly man in Hillsboro on Monday, January 20, 2014. Early Monday morning, the 80-year-old man was found lying in the road on northbound Route B near Marshak Way, where he had apparently been struck.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol relates that the hit and run accident occurred around 6:10 a.m. and that the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver who struck and killed the man fled the scene and has not yet been identified by authorities.

The elderly man had recently moved in with his daughter in August as he suffered from Alzheimer’s and needed additional care. His daughter said that her father was fond of taking walks, an activity that they would often do together – but that he never went out alone. However, she believes that on the night of the accident he got out of bed either late at night or early in the morning and went for a walk along Highway B.

The accident and the death of her father has been difficult to cope with for the man’s daughter. She says,

It would be easier to accept an accident, rather than someone who just walked away.

Currently police have not identified the driver but do have some information about the vehicle. The vehicle involved in the hit and run was a late 1990s Ford Ranger Pickup truck. It has lower passenger side airbags, tinted windows, black wheels, and may have an extended can. Officers will be searching for a suspect driving this vehicle.

Fatal Accident in December

Another fatal accident happened in late December. Two Arkansas sisters were killed in a three vehicle crash in Pineville on Thursday, December 26, 2013.

The crash occurred at 2:45 PM on U.S. 71. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 19-year-old male, was driving in a 2002 Dodge Ram truck, heading northbound. He changed lanes in front of another northbound vehicle and was struck by the 2013 Chevrolet 2500, driven by a 47-year-old man, of Mudrow, Okahoma. After getting struck, the man’s truck crossed over the roadway and hit a southbound 2000 Toyota Sienna van. The impact was on the driver’s side of the van, which then went off the right side of the road and flipped over.

Passengers in the van, 20 and 16-year-old females, were both killed in the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene. Others were injured including the male driver and two other female passengers. All were taken by ambulance or airlifted to hospitals for treatment of moderate or serious injuries.

St. Louis Car Accidents

Car accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. Lives can change in an instant, and putting the pieces back together can be painstaking. Legally, accident victims and their families may be entitled to monetary damages for losses incurred in a serious accident. To protect yourself, your family, and your rights, it is important to discuss your accident and concerns with an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer. A car accident attorney is in the best position to identify the circumstances of your accident and understand how to get you the compensation that you are entitled to. While untangling the mess of an accident is never easy, your attorney can help sort through all of the legal matters surrounding the crash and this will allow you and your family to focus on recovery.

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