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