St. Louis Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving is not only risky for the person who engages in the act, but is also a common cause of car accidents.


Infant Killed in a Head-on Collision in Washington County

A couple of years back, an infant received fatal injuries in a head on collision involving a truck and car in Washington County.

head-on-collision-car-accidentThe collision occurred when the mother, who was driving the car, lost control on the wet road, and her car collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction.

According to Missouri state highway patrol report, the accident occurred in the morning hours of December 9, 2012 when Britney LaChance, 22 years, of Potosi, Missouri was driving her Kia Sorento. Her son Sevastian Garvin, an infant, was her only passenger. At the same time, Michael Stringer, 47 years, of Mineral Point, Missouri was driving his 2005 Dodge Ram. His family was riding with him. His passangers were Angela (44), Lillie (14), Amanda (17), and Jimmie Stringer (5).

At the time of the collision, Britney was driving northbound on Highway 21 at Route CC. Michael Stringer on the other hand, was driving southbound. The collision occurred when Britney lost control of her Kia Sorento on the wet road and slid into the path of Stringer’s truck. The right side of the Britney’s vehicle, where her infant was positioned, collided with the front of Michael’s vehicle.

The emergency crew rushed to the scene of the accident. Britney’s infant son Sebastian Garvin was declared dead at the accident site by coroner Brian DeClue. The deceased was taken to Washington County Memorial Hospital by the medical examiner. His mother, Britney LaChance was also seriously injured in the accident, and was rushed to Jefferson Regional by ambulance.

Michael Stringer also suffered serious injuries in the collision, and was taken to Washington County hospital by ambulance. Angela Stringer received moderate injuries, while her three children Lillie, Amanda, and Jimmie all suffered minor injuries. They all were taken to Washington County Hospital. According to the Missouri State Highway patrol report, Michael Stringer was the only one who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Both the vehicles involved in the collision were badly damaged. Britney’s vehicle received total damages, while Michael’s vehicle received extensive damages.

According to car accident attorneys head on collisions can occur because of several reasons including fatigued driving, distracted driving, and impaired driving. Apart from driver’s error, head on collisions can also occur because of faulty equipment or poor road conditions.

According to Missouri Law, “It is unlawful to drive any vehicle upon any highway or road which has been divided into two or more roadways by means of a physical barrier or by means of a dividing section or delineated by curbs, lines or other markings on the roadway, except to the right of such barrier or dividing section.” Failure to do so can not only cause a collision, but it can make you legally liable for all the damages.

If you get involved in a car accident on Missouri roads, it is important that you consult with a St. Louis car accident lawyer, and discuss all your legal options. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. today at (314) 361-4242 to scheduling a free consultation.

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Missouri Car Accidents: Insurance Claim Dos and Don’ts

Car accidents can cause immense physical and mental pain to a victim.

insurance claimsHe may also have to bear a lot of expenses for the medical treatment and repair or replacement of the vehicle and other property damaged in the car accident. The insurance claim can however, help pay for expenses resulting out of a car accident.

A car accident may leave a victim totally confused and overwhelmed, and the impending medical and repair bills often make things worse. As if this was not enough, the insurance company may try to minimize the claims. Lack of knowledge about the claim process can make things quite difficult for the car accident victim. Here are some tips on handling insurance claims.

Insurance Claim Dos

  • Contact your insurance company as soon as you get injured in a car accident. After getting immediate medical care for the injuries, you should notify your insurer about the car accident injuries.
  • Maintain a record of all your conversations with the insurance company. Take down names and contact information of all insurance company representatives you speak with.
  • Make sure you have all information related to your insurance coverage before you speak to the insurance company.
  • Gather all evidences from the scene of accident. Get contact details of eye witnesses and take as many photographs of the scene and the vehicle as you can.
  • Maintain records of all expenses resulting out of the car accident including the medical bills, repair bills, car rentals, receipts etc.
  • Consult with a car accident attorney to ensure that all your rights as a victim of car accident are protected.

Insurance Claim Don’ts

  • Do not jump at the first offer made by the insurance company. It is highly likely that the insurance company will try to settle your claim for a smaller amount than it is worth. Sign any settlement only after you have consulted with your car accident lawyer.
  • Do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company immediately after the accident. Speak to an attorney before you do that.
  • Do not delay filing the claim, as many insurance companies have set tight deadlines for the claim filling.
  • Never sign a release before speaking with your injury attorney.

St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers

If you or someone close to you has become a victim of a car accident, and needs help dealing with the insurance company, get in touch with an experienced car accident attorney at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.  We have experience dealing with insurance companies and can help you at every stage of the claim process, while working to get your claim in a convenient and timely manner.

To schedule a free consultation with a St. Louis Injury Lawyer at our law firm call (314) 361-4242 to contact us online.



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Head on Collision Kills 2 People in Jefferson County

Recently, there has been a number of head on collisions in Missouri.

st-louis-head-on-collision-lawyerAfter a man was killed and another injured in a wrong way accident on 17th march, 2014, another head on collision caused by a wrong way driver on 25th March, 2014 resulted in the death of 2 people. The head on collision occurred on Highway 21 at Shady valley interchange in Jefferson County. The diseased were the drivers of the two vehicles involved in the head on collision.

According to The Missouri State Highway Patrol report, an 82-year-old St. Louis woman, Mary E. Burke was driving her 2000 Toyota Camry north on the southbound lanes north of Old Highway 21 at the Shady Valley interchange in Jefferson county when she collided with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction. The other vehicle was identified as a 1994 GMC Sonoma that was driven by James R. Sybert, 25, of De Soto. The fatal head on car collision occurred at 12:23 PM.

After the collision, Sybert’s truck slid off the road, and Burke’s Camry came to a halt on the roadway before it burst into flames. Burke was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Emergency crews rushed Sybert to the hospital, where he was declared dead a short time later. According to police authorities, Sybert was recently offered a position as a sheriff’s deputy in Jefferson County. He had accepted the offer, but he was yet to begin his job duties.

According to Missouri state highway patrol report, Sybert was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the car crash, but the wrong way driver, Burke was not.

Missouri state highway patrol authorities failed to figure out why the woman was driving the wrong way.

Wrong-way Drivers and Head on Collisions

Most head on collisions are caused by wrong way driving. In most cases, head on collisions lead to severe injuries or fatalities, as was the case in the Jefferson County accident. It is not uncommon for elderly drivers to be involved in such accidents.

Other causes of head on collisions include reckless driving, drunk driving, inattentive driving, trying to pass vehicles on a two lane road, driver distraction because of texting or speaking on the phone, driver fatigue, and failure to obey traffic regulations.

Apart from fatality, head on collisions can cause serious injuries that can render a person disabled for the rest of their life. Common injuries caused by head on collisions are head trauma, neck injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, contusions, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, and damage to internal organs.

If you or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a head on collision, contact a St. Louis car accident lawyer at The Hoffmann Law Firm,  L.L.C.

Call us today at (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free consultation.


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Distracted Driving: Major Cause of Accidents

Distracted Driving: Major Cause of Accidents

Quite often, we hear news about motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers. It is no surprise that the biggest cause of distraction among drivers is the use of cell phones.