In Missouri, traffic crashes increase every year around the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are some of the most dangerous times to travel in Missouri. Tons of families take to the roads to visit loved ones for the holidays. The increase in traffic along Missouri’s roadways inevitably leads to an increase in traffic crashes and crash fatalities.
According to KOMU, the Missouri State Highway Patrol began recording traffic data for the New Year’s weekend at 6:00 PM on New Year’s Eve and ended recording data at 11:59 PM January 2, 2021. During that time, the Missouri State Highway Patrol recorded 458 traffic crashes. Of the 458 recorded traffic crashes, 97 crashes involved injuries, four crashes resulted in a fatality, and 135 crashes involved an individual driving while intoxicated. Two of the fatalities occurred in the Springfield area, one in the St. Joseph area, and one near Rolla.
Involved in a Crash? Get in Touch with an Attorney Who Has Your Back
To be frank, traffic crashes are very unfortunate for everyone involved. If you are lucky, you walk away with just some damage to your vehicle. However, sometimes car accidents involve serious consequences, like criminal charges, injuries, or even death.
If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges due to a vehicle collision that resulted in injury or death, you will want to get in touch with an attorney who has experience fighting stark criminal charges. In these cases, the criminal charges can carry hefty prison sentences, lengthy and costly probation periods, and loss of driving privileges.
An injury caused by a traffic crash can really set you back in life. If you or a loved one is injured in a traffic crash due to another individual’s criminal or negligent behavior, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Insurance companies work tirelessly to minimize expenses, so you will want to hire a personal injury attorney with experience in dealing with reluctant insurance companies.
Similarly, if a loved one is killed in a traffic crash due to an individual’s criminal or negligent behavior, you may be entitled to financial compensation for things like funeral expenses, lost earnings, medical bills, and any pain or suffering relative to the loss of your loved one. We understand that no amount of money amends the loss of a loved one, but hiring a dedicated wrongful death attorney can help ensure that the liable party is held accountable and that you are not left in financial disarray in the wake of your loss.