Missouri Car Accidents and Teenage Drivers

Many accidents that occur on Missouri roads involve a teenage driver.

teenage driverThere are several reasons teenage drivers are often more prone to accidents. Some of the common reasons include distraction such as texting, driving under influence, inexperience, inability to comprehend hazards, and speeding, to mention a few.

Last month, two Missouri teens were killed in a deadly car accident. The car crash occurred on Feb 18th at 10:15PM in Jefferson County. According to state highway patrol report, the two teenage boys lost their lives when the car they were driving flew off the road on the eastern side, and hit several trees before it overturned. The accident occurred on Carol Park Road, just north of Valley Park Drive.

The driver and the passenger were rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead. The deceased were identified as 18-year-old Matthew Roskowske and 15-year-old Cameron Stewart. Both the teenagers were students of Northwest High School. Sadly, four teenagers from the same school have lost their lives in separate road accidents over the last year.

St. Louis car accident lawyers feel it is important for parents to understand what makes teenagers so susceptible to car accidents. The teenage car accident statistics are quite startling.

  • According to statistics, car accidents are a leading cause of death among teenagers. Teenagers are at the maximum risk of a car accident within six months of obtaining a driver’s license. This can often be attributed to the inexperience and excitement caused by the new found freedom.
  • Most car crashes involving teenagers are caused by some kind of a critical error such as driving too fast, failure to identify and react to potential hazards, and distracted driving. Texting while driving is a common cause of distraction amongst teen drivers.
  • Statistics reveal that in car accidents that are caused by teenage driver’s error, 21 percent of the drivers are found driving dangerously fast.
  • Drivers belonging to the age group 16 to 19 are at a four times higher risk of a car crash than the older drivers in the age group of 25-69 years.
  • Texting and emailing is a major cause of distraction leading to car accidents. In a survey of drivers, it was revealed that two thirds of the teenage drivers admitted to texting and emailing while they were driving.
  • Another major cause of distraction among teenage drivers is the passengers.

St. Louis car accident attorneys believes that parents can play an important role in educating the teenage drivers on safe driving habits. It has been proven that teenage drivers whose parents set rules, and guide their children in a supportive way are half as likely to get involved in a car accident.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a St. Louis auto accident, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm at (314) 361-4242. We can evaluate your case for free and help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

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Common Injuries Resulting From Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be very serious and can result in catastrophic injuries or even permanent disability.

motorcycle-accident-lawyer-st-louisWhile an accident can happen in a split second, the aftermath of an accident and the recovery period can take months if not years. Even with a helmet riders can sustain a head injury and these can require ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, therapy, home and lifestyle adaptations, assistive devices, etc. If an accident victim is fortunate enough to recover partially or fully from his or her injuries, chances are that the process will be difficult and expensive.

Possible Injuries

While a minor accident may simply result in road rash or a fracture or two, it is not uncommon for victims of motorcycle accidents to sustain very serious injuries like

  • spinal cord trauma
  • brain injuries
  • back and neck injuries
  • amputations
  • severe lacerations or burns
  • knee injuries
  • disfigurement
  • facial injuries
  • eye injuries
  • soft tissue injuries

Any of these injuries or the combination of several can be life-altering. Though the recovery process might be long and/or difficult, with medical treatment most of these injuries can be recovered from. The injuries most likely to have long lasting implications, however, are spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. Because these injuries can be permanent they will most likely require ongoing and costly medical treatment and it is very possible that a patient may not be able to make a full recovery.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are unfortunately common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet to prevent serious head injuries, but in a major accident even wearing a helmet does not mean that you are fully protected. Brain injuries can be minor or they can be severe. Symptoms may not immediately present themselves. If you have been in an accident where you may have hit your head, you should always get checked out to make sure your head injury does not go undiagnosed.

Symptoms of brain injuries can include:

  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • memory loss
  • chronic pain
  • headaches

A more serious brain injury can result in cognitive and behavioral problems and physical disabilities. Someone with a serious brain injury may need long term medical care.

Spinal cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are also common with motorcycle accidents. Spinal cord injuries can cause varying degrees of paralysis or physical disability. Caring for someone with a spinal cord injury for the rest of their life can cost millions of dollars and unfortunately many of the treatments are not covered by health insurance.

Legal Help for St. Louis Accident Victims

Discussing your accident and potential case with a St. Louis auto accident attorney as soon as possible is important. Your attorney can advise you regarding the best way to proceed, they will protect your rights, and they will pursue full compensation for you and your family. Your attorney will make sure that the insurance company is not taking advantage of you or underpaying you and will help you to decide whether settling is right for your particular case or not. Acting quickly and finding a supportive attorney to guide you through the legal process is very important. Contacting an experienced motorcycle attorney as soon as possible is the best way to maximize your chances of getting full compensation.

Call (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.

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