St. Louis, MO, Driver Airlifted After Head-On School Bus Crash
Late last month, a woman was airlifted to a hospital after her mini-van crashed head-on with a school bus. No students were injured in the accident, but the bus driver suffered minor whiplash. The woman was trapped in the van for 30 minutes until EMS freed her from the vehicle. She was then airlifted to the hospital due to life-threatening injuries.
When it comes to car accidents, head-on collisions are some of the most dangerous accidents, and can often be fatal. There are a number of different things that can cause car accidents including distracted driving, driving under the influence, or poor road conditions.
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 1.25 million people die every year because of car accidents. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled due to reckless driving and car accidents. There were more than 140 fatalities between 2012 and 2016 due to head-on collisions in Missouri alone.
If you’re involved in an accident, Missouri Traffic Laws take an “at-fault” approach in which damages and responsibility fall on the negligent driver. There is a five-year statute of limitations for car accidents. If you don’t file a claim in that time limit, you’re out of luck.
While not all accidents can be prevented, some steps can be taken to protect you and your loved ones from dangerous collisions. When the weather is bad it is important to slow down and proceed with caution while driving. It is essential to always pay attention to the road and watch out for other drivers who might not be watching out for you. One of the leading causes of fatal car accidents in Missouri is running off the road and not wearing a seatbelt, so it is important to pay attention and buckle up. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, 1,129 people were killed from 2014-2016 in Missouri because of run-off-road crashes, and 1,088 people were killed from injuries sustained from not wearing a seatbelt.
There are many different factors at play when it comes to car accidents which makes it impossible to pinpoint exactly what causes them. There isn’t one definitive answer. If you’re involved in a car accident it is important to document the scene of the accident. This can be done by taking pictures of any skid marks, pictures of the vehicles involved, collecting witness testimonies, and documenting injuries. Swap contact information with the negligent driver and any witnesses from the scene to use as evidence if you open a claim. It’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer who can protect your from the negligent party’s insurance company. After an accident, they will attempt to get an incriminating statement from you that will allow them to offer a lower settlement for your injuries from the accident. A car accident lawyer will deal with the insurance company for you, and protect your rights during this difficult time.
If you are involved in a car accident in St. Louis, the Dixon Injury Firm is committed to helping victims and their families. While the amount that each case will receive varies, you will only have to pay for legal services if the attorneys at Dixon successfully recover damages for your case due to the injuries you sustained in the car accident. Call the Dixon Injury Firm at (314) 409-7060 or 855-40-CRASH, or Contact Us to take care of your personal car accident injury case today. We have fought for more than $35,000,000.00 in damages for our clients, and will do the same for your car accident case.