One Woman Killed in Single-Vehicle Rollover Crash in Missouri

Sunday afternoon a woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Missouri. The woman’s vehicle slid on an icy patch of road on Missouri 127. The vehicle then swerved off the road, struck a warning signpost, and overturned. The driver of the vehicle suffered moderate injuries, while the vehicle’s passenger, a 55-year-old Sweet Springs, MO, woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither the driver or the passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

More than 116,000 Injured in the U.S. From Winter Weather Accidents

Winter brings with it holidays, hot chocolate, snow days, and other nostalgic winter weather pastimes. Unfortunately, winter also brings black ice, slush, and other driving hazards. Every winter, more than 116,000 people are injured and hundreds are killed in the U.S. because of icy road conditions. Salting before winter weather hits prevents 80% of these accidents, but the biggest preventer of winter weather accidents is practicing safe driving. Wet weather, icy roads, and snow account for more than 26% of accidents between 2007-2016. However, most winter weather accidents can be prevented by driving safely and giving yourself enough time to get where you are going.

How to Avoid Getting Into an Accident When There’s Winter Weather

Winter weather accidents can be more severe than crashes in other types of weather. Cold weather is 20 times more dangerous than the summer heat is when it comes to fatalities in the U.S., and the truth is that most of these accidents are preventable. When the cold weather hits, to avoid causing an accident it’s best to:

  • Slow down and go 10 under the speed limit if possible. When roads are slick or icy, speeding can cause you to lose control of your vehicle
  • Give other drivers on the road space. Some vehicles handle better than others in the winter. Putting at least a car’s length or more of space between you and other drivers when possible can help prevent accidents
  • Make sure that your tires have tread and enough air in them to prevent sliding. Bald tires create a lack of traction and not having enough air in them causes your vehicle to be unbalanced
  • It’s never a good idea to make sharp, quick turns, but especially not in winter weather. If you take a turn too quickly when the roads are icy or slick, you could slip and slide and hit another driver, object, or swerve off the road
  • Always make sure to give yourself more than enough time to get where you’re going. If you are in a hurry, you might speed which can cause an accident in any weather, but it can be more severe when ice and snow are involved

If you are in a winter weather accident in Missouri, it’s essential to act quickly and handle the situation as calmly as possible. After an accident, you should call the police, gather evidence, and seek medical attention. Not only will these steps prevent the other driver from placing the blame on you, but your lawyer will have more evidence to work with when filing an insurance claim. If you need a lawyer to help you with your accident claim in Missouri, contact the Dixon Injury Firm today to discuss your case.

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