Man Ejected from Car and Killed in 3-Car Accident in St. Louis
Late Friday night, a man was ejected from his vehicle and killed near Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis. The identity of the man and the other drivers involved has not been released, but it has been confirmed that the man was killed around 11 pm when he was ejected from his vehicle during the crash on Shreve Avenue near West Florissant.
More than 3,500 People Killed in Accidents in Missouri Every Year
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fourth most common cause of death in Missouri in 2017 was traffic accidents. An estimated 3,766 people were killed in car crashes in Missouri in 2017, an increase from the 3,625 killed in 2016. The rate of fatal accidents has been steady over the past 10 years in Missouri, with top causes of accidents such as speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving. The Missouri Department of Revenue has strict consequences in place for negligent driving behaviors such as speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving, including:
- Suspension or revocation of ones drivers license
- Often steep fines and fees
- Liability for the other party’s damages from the accident
- Jail time depending on the circumstances of the crash
What to Do If You Are Involved in An Accident
After an accident happens, it’s essential to stay calm and act quickly. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a car accident, the best thing that you can do is gather as much information as possible. Take photos of the scene of the crash, the other driver’s license plate, property damage or debris, and any additional information that you think might be helpful. Other steps that should be taken after an accident include filing a police report, seeking medical attention, swapping information with other drivers, and consulting a lawyer.
Damages That Can Be Recovered with a Car Accident Claim in Missouri
If you have been injured or suffered property damage from an accident, you could be eligible to recover reimbursement for your damages from the crash including:
- Medical Expenses – any medical bills, medical accessories, ambulance fees and other expenses that have incurred from an accident
- Lost Wages – if your injuries from an accident have caused you to miss work or other forms of income, lost wages can be recovered
- Property Damages – if you have been in a crash, you could recover the cost of vehicle repairs or the cost of your vehicle (whichever is less)
- Pain & Suffering – mental, emotional, and physical distress often accompany post-accident injuries. If you have experienced anxiety, depression, or other symptoms of distress after an accident, you could be eligible to recover compensation for your suffering
- Loss of Affection – the spouse of someone that has been injured in an accident can claim loss of affection, or “loss of consortium,” after a crash. If there is a loss in the dynamic of your relationship with your injured partner, you could be eligible to recover compensation for your loss
- What If My Loved One Died in an Accident? – family members of someone that was killed in a car accident are eligible to recover any damages that their loved one could have claimed while alive
Consult a Lawyer in in Missouri Today About Your Case
An experienced lawyer has the experience and knowledge needed to help your case win. It can be difficult to fend off the other party’s insurance agent and file a claim in the midst of dealing with the other elements of a car accident. Having a lawyer by your side ensures that you won’t have to deal with the other party’s insurer and provides legal guidance for your insurance claim. If you have been in a car accident in Missouri, contact the Dixon Injury Firm today. Our Personal Injury Attorneys offer free consultations and are passionate about getting justice for car accident victims in Missouri.