Car Accident While Cars Slow for MODOT
On July 20, 2016, a serious car accident was reported on west-bound MO-210 at 11:37am. Two vehicles needed to be towed: a 2004 Ford Focus, carrying passengers Alfred Miller and Laura Miller, and a 2005 Toyota Corolla, driven by Robert Tuck. The crash resulted when Alfred Miller slowed for MoDOT painting crew. The Toyota Corolla proceeded to rear end the Ford Focus causing Miller’s vehicle to spin and eventually strike a bridge. The vehicle finally came to a stop resting on the south side of 210. The Liberty Fire Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene. The 76-year-old driver, Alfred Miller, was reported with serious injuries. The passenger, Laura Miller, was also reported with injuries. Both the driver and passenger of the Ford Focus were transported by Liberty EMS to North Kansas City for treatment.
Missouri Department of Transportation provides the construction and maintenance needed to ensure that the highways remain in safe conditions. This work is never-ending, which is why there always seems to be some delays or closings due to construction, especially during the summer months. This week alone there are about 40 lane closures in St. Louis due to construction. The summer is also the time for the Department of Transportation to repaint the roadway lines. The striping trucks move between 8 mph and 12 mph when painting. This can be a drastic change of pace for a driver originally traveling at 70 mph. As a result, drivers may have to suddenly brake or even swerve to avoid collisions with the construction workers. The stripping vehicles are equipped with flashing strobe lights and boards displaying arrows. However, often these are not noticed by the driver until too late. The painting is expected to be completed by July; but construction often runs through late fall.
Vehicle accidents account for over 30,000 deaths each year in the United States. On Missouri state highways, there have been already 456 fatalities so far in 2016. Construction and unexpected delays contribute to numerous accidents every day. It is important to remain alert to your surrounding when driving and be prepared for unexpected braking. Unfortunately, not everyone drives with the same caution. If you have been injured in a car crash, you may have a claim. Contact The Dixon Injury Firm at 314-409-7060 to speak to a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for a free consultation.