Man Dies in Two-Vehicle Crash Thursday Morning Near Overland
Early Thursday morning a man was killed in a two-vehicle accident near Overland, MO. The accident occurred when the man attempted to make a left-hand turn at the intersection of Page Ave and North Warson Road, and his vehicle was struck by an oncoming Chevrolet Camaro.
The impact of the crash pushed the driver’s vehicle, a Chevy Cruze, off the road and caused it to roll over. The man, a local firefighter in Swansea, Illinois, was fatally injured and trapped in his overturned vehicle for hours while responders worked to get him out. There were no other passengers in either vehicle at the time of the accident. According to the St. Louis County Police Department, an arrest has been made regarding the driver of the Chevy Camaro, and he has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, but at the time, the crash is still under investigation.
Who is Liable in a Left-Turn Accident?
Left-hand turn accidents are often fatal, or at the very least, can cause critical injuries to those involved. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016, one of the top negligent driving behaviors of drivers involved in fatal crashes was failure to yield right of way, with 7% of crashes involving improper turning. In a left-turn accident, the person most commonly liable for the crash is the driver that didn’t yield to the right of way. Though traffic laws in the U.S. differ for each state, federal laws state, “Every driver, motorcyclist, moped rider, bicyclist, and pedestrian must do everything possible to avoid a crash.”
If you have been in a left-turn accident, proving liability follows the same process as other motor vehicle accidents; you must:
- Call the police and file a report
- Get examined by a physician
- Collect information from the other driver and gather evidence from the scene
- Immediately consult your lawyer about the accident
In the wake of a failure to yield accident, it can be overwhelming to keep track of the steps that need to be taken, but having an experienced lawyer by your side can help. A car accident lawyer can provide support during this difficult time, help you gather evidence, protect your rights, and determine your eligibility to sue the other driver involved for damages.
Speak with a Lawyer About Your Car Accident Case Today
Traffic laws state who must yield the right-of-way when there aren’t signs or signals present – if a driver has the right-of-way to turn, and another driver doesn’t try to avoid causing the accident and hits the vehicle, the driver that had the right-of-way could be eligible to sue the other driver for damages.
If you have been in a left-hand turn car accident and aren’t sure whether you are eligible to file a claim against the other party, contact the Dixon Injury Firm today to schedule a free consultation. Our Failure to Yield Lawyers are passionate about helping car accident victims with their cases and are dedicated to doing everything in their power to recover the maximum amount of compensation for your harm and losses caused in a terrible accident.