In what is still an ongoing investigation, a fatal car crash occurred on December 1st, in Columbia on East Broadway near the Hominy Creek Trail Bridge. At around 2:00 p.m., a 2008 Ford Expedition and a 2004 Chevrolet Impala crashed head-on, resulting in one fatality, and blocking both lanes of traffic for about two hours. The event is a sobering reminder of how quickly automobile crashes can occur and change the course of the lives of those involved forever.
The accident in question is still being investigated as to who was responsible and what exactly caused the crash. Whether it was distracted driving, disregarding traffic signals, or something else entirely, the fact remains an individual lost their life, and another is dealing with injuries.
Unfortunately, automobile accidents that result in a fatality are not uncommon in Missouri; in fact, according to data from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MDoT), they’re on the rise. Over 1,000 fatalities in 2021 mark a 2% increase over 2020, making it the deadliest year on Missouri roads since 2006.
Common Factors in Car Crash Fatalities
By far the biggest factor in fatal crashes throughout Missouri is speeding, with 41% of fatal crashes in 2021 being attributed to excessive speed according to MDoT. Another factor that has played an outsized role in traffic crash deaths in 2021 is the use of cell phones, which accounted for over 2,200 crashes. One common denominator to all fatal car crashes is the failure of using a seatbelt. If nothing else, this one simple act could save hundreds of lives every year.
Disturbingly, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that fatal crashes have increased in Missouri this year by almost 10%. And according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, just as recently as the past Thanksgiving holiday, there were 8 traffic fatalities over the 4-day period.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help with Car Crashes
With the danger of car crashes on Missouri roads, it is important to know your rights if you are involved in an accident. In the aftermath of a car crash, a skilled Columbia personal injury lawyer can assist with the legal ramifications of personal injury claims and wrongful death cases. It’s important to remember that personal injury lawsuits involve more than just the physical and economic damages incurred; they involve personal pain, suffering, and emotional distress as well.
Car crashes can be costly experiences, both emotionally and financially. An experienced personal injury attorney can help those involved in a car crash recover compensation for damages incurred, which may include medical bills, lost wages, and more. Furthermore, personal injury attorneys can provide counsel to those who have lost family members in car crashes and assist them with wrongful death claims
A skilled lawyer will painstakingly analyze the scene of a car accident to identify potential causes and determine who is responsible. They will interview witnesses, review evidence, and make sure that all the relevant facts are uncovered. They will also review medical records, police reports, and critical documentation related to the crash. In addition, an experienced personal injury or wrongful death lawyer will negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled and will also represent you in court if necessary.
Contact the Law Office of Chris Miller if You’ve Been Involved in a Car Crash
The Columbia Law Office of Chris Miller has extensive experience representing both personal injury and wrongful death cases due to car crashes. We understand the personal, financial, and legal burdens that car accident victims experience, and we are here to provide you with the support, advice, and representation you need. Let us help you get the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.