Springfield, MO 417-222-4878
Joplin, MO 417-222-4878

Wrong-way Missouri car crash results in death, injuries

About an hour east of Joplin, a Missouri man was recently killed as he
drove the wrong way on U.S. 65. The 57-year-old Marshfield man drove south
in the northbound lane before slamming head-on into a mid-size SUV driven
by a 42-year-old Cape Fair woman.

She was
injured in the motor vehicle accident this past Monday morning just south of Springfield. She was taken to a
hospital, though officials did not disclose her medical condition.

The man was declared dead at the scene of the crash, the News-Leader reported.

According to a 2012 report from the National Transportation Safety Board,
wrong-way crashes are more likely to result in fatalities or serious injuries
than other types of highway accidents. One study found that wrong-way
accidents on controlled-access highways are 27 times as likely to result
in a fatality.

Another study found that more than one-fifth of all wrong-way highway accidents
cause a death, compared to just 0.3 percent for all other highway crashes.

Officials said of the Springfield crash that they don’t know why
the man was driving the wrong way on the highway.

But studies cited by the NTSB show that alcohol impairment is a major factor
in these collisions. Another factor that can be involved: age.

As drivers get older, they become more likely to be involved in such an
accident, especially when they are 70 or above.

As far as alcohol impairment is concerned, younger drivers are more likely
to be intoxicated and therefore driving the wrong way. Nearly two-thirds
of wrong-way drivers ages 20 to 39 had a blood alcohol of at least 0.08
percent (the legal threshold in Missouri), while just 8 percent of wrong-way
drivers over age 70 had a 0.08 BAC.

No matter what the cause, these violent collisions so often have devastating
consequences.

For injury victims and families who lose loved ones, a legal claim can
result in compensation for the financial burden imposed by a negligent
driver. A conversation with a personal injury and
wrongful death attorney is the first step in that process.

Source: News-Leader,
\”Police name wrong-way driver killed in crash on U.S. 65; another
driver hurt,\”
Jonathan Shorman, March 17, 2014

Uncategorized

Is a Personal Injury Settlement Taxed?

Being involved in an accident is arguably one of the most stressful experiences a person and their family can go through, especially when the injuries are caused by another\’s negligence. If you are considering filing a lawsuit or have recently won a settlement, you may have concerns about the tax implications. When you are trying to recover compensation to cover your medical bills and expenses, the last thing you should

Car Accidents

Can Bad Weather Impact Your Car Accident Case?

It’s no secret that bad weather can increase the potential for danger and the chance of car collisions. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration show that around 23 percent of crashes each year are weather-related. Those in the Four States area know all too well the harsh conditions that winter months can bring. Whether you’re driving through wind, rain, or snow, you should understand how these

Motorcycle Accidents

Do Motorcycle Accidents Increase During the Summer?

Summer is around the corner, and the warm weather is coming even more quickly! This naturally means that there will be more people outside, which also holds true for motorcycle riders.   Summer typically means that the roads will be filled with people going out on day trips or vacations. Of course, this also means that if you ride a motorcycle, you may have an increased risk of getting into

Contact Us.

    Submitting the form is not necessarily establishing an attorney-client relationship