Driver Fleeing Police Chase Crashes Into Two Cars in St. Louis, MO
Earlier this month an 18-year-old man was involved in a drawn-out police chase and caused a multi-car accident. The man ran a red light and crashed into an oncoming car, and then hit another car that was sitting at a red light. The man sustained head injuries and was unconscious at the time of arrest. The other drivers that were involved in the car accident were mostly uninjured, but a passenger in the car that was hit first suffered back injuries and was taken away in an ambulance.
Car accidents happen every day and they can happen at any time. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were more than 800 fatalities between 2012 and 2016 due to car accidents in the St. Louis area. The most common causes of fatal car accidents are speeding, driving under the influence, driving without a seatbelt and aggressive driving. In the U.S., a total of 95 people die each day because of car accidents, and every .15 seconds there is a fatal car accident.
If you are involved in a car accident, Missouri Laws follow a comparitive negligence rule which states that the driver that is found to be at fault by reason of evidence is at fault but that they can still recover damages from the accident. The damages are reduced based on how much the driver is found to be at fault in the accident by the judge and jury, on a percentage scale of 1-100 percent. There is a five-year statute of limitations on car accident claims in the state though, which means that car accident claims must be made within five years of the accident or they are not valid.
Car accidents can cause serious injuries, and can often be fatal. Some of the common injuries that are sustained in car accidents are:
- Back injuries: Striking against steering wheels, dashboards, windows and other hard surfaces in the vehicle.
- Head injuries: Concussions or bleeding from the head due to striking against the glass or steering wheel.
- Whiplash: Whiplash from the sudden, forced movement of the head during the car accident. This can often cause neck pain or swelling.
- Bone Injuries: Broken arms, legs and other bones that are crushed in more serious car accidents by varying objects.
In 2016 there were 868 fatalities from car accidents in Missouri. With such a high volume of car accidents, it is important to be knowledgeable of how unnecessary car accidents can be prevented. It’s essential to not drive while under the influence, always pay attention to the road and be aware of other drivers around you. While all car accidents cannot be prevented, taking the steps to become more aware of driver safety can help make the roads a little bit safer.
If you are involved in a car accident, it can be difficult to make sense of this chaotic time. While it’s important to seek immediate medical attention to get treatment for any internal or external injuries that were sustained during the car accident, it’s equally essential to take the following steps in wake of a car accident:
- Swap contact information with the negligent driver and anyone at the scene of the accident.
- Document the scene. Skid marks on the road, visible injuries, and other damages sustained to the vehicles involved can all be helpful.
- Keep quiet and do not talk to the insurance company immediately after the car accident.
- Consult a Car Accident Lawyer to protect you during this time.
A Car Accident Lawyer can protect you from insurance companies who will attempt to get you to make a statement immediately after the car accident. Insurance companies do this so that they can get you to settle for less money for the car accident involving the negligent driver. If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car accident, a car accident lawyer will ensure that you receive all compensation you’re entitled to due to the car accident. Damages that are recovered can include the amount that you’ve faced due to steep medical bills after the accident, loss of wages due to injuries and other financial expenses due to the accident.
The Dixon Injury Firm specializes in helping local St. Louis residents with their car accident claims. The Missouri Car Accident Lawyers at Dixon are dedicated to fighting for their clients, and have recovered more than $35,000,000.00 in damages. When you choose Dixon, you’re choosing an injury law firm that cares about each case they take on, including your car accident case. If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car accident, and need a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer, the Dixon Injury Firm can help. To schedule a free consultation, call (314) 409-7060 or 855-40-CRASH, or Contact Us to represent your car accident case today.