Articles Posted in Auto Accident

jogger.jpgA Jefferson County, Missouri youth settled a personal injury lawsuit against a utility company whose truck struck the young runner while he was running along the side of the road. The auto/pedestrian accident happened in June 2009. The truck struck the student while he was running, dragging him along, which resulted in serious personal injuries in the runner’s feet, ripping tendons and flesh from his right foot. The driver then drove away, although he did eventually turn around and return to the scene of the accident. Allegedly, the driver then drove the runner to his parent’s house where the driver then lied about what happened.

The young runner settled the case for $1 million dollars. He is no longer able to run competitively, and lost any chance he had at obtaining a college scholarship based on running. He was in the hospital for 2 weeks after the accident.

41_07_66-Pedestrian-Crossing-Road-Traffic-Sign_web-thumb-230x345Missouri traffic accidents involving pedestrians are especially dangerous and can be deadly. A pedestrian does not have the added safety of being within a protective shell of a vehicle, and a human body does not stand much of a chance against a moving vehicle of any size. This also includes persons who are riding bicycles on Missouri roadways. Missouri drivers should take care to watch for pedestrians and cyclers when driving.

In the St. Louis news today, a child pedestrian was struck by a school bus within the city of St. Louis. Thankfully the child survived, but not all children are so fortunate. Children pedestrians are often even more difficult for drivers to see, so take extra caution and care when driving near areas where children might be, like near playgrounds and schools.
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MOMap-doton-Rolla.pngA Rolla, Missouri woman was awarded $150,000 from a jury for her husband’s wrongful death stemming from an auto accident. Majdi Najm was driving with his wife, Shahla Keyvan, when they were struck by a pick up truck driven by a 17 year old. Najm died instantly. The driver of the truck who struck their car was charged with failure to yield, and fined $150 in municipal court.

Both the driver and her father were named as defendants in the law suit. The father was named, because he allegedly allowed his daughter to drive to school with messages painted on her windows, which obstructed her view. However, the jury found in favor of the father, but against the daughter.

Missouri allows for a spouse to bring a wrongful death action under RSMo. 537.080.

Seat_belt_BX.jpgMissouri seat belt use went down in 2010 compared to 2009. Missouri vehicle drivers and passengers are already buckling up less than other states, 76% in 2010 compared to the 84% national average. This is based on a study conducted by the Missouri Department of Transportation of observations of drivers conducted in both rural areas and metropolitan areas like St. Louis.

According to 2008 automobile crash statistics, 67% of persons who died in a Missouri car accident were not wearing a seat belt. Not wearing a seat belt greatly increases the risk that you can be ejected from your car during an accident, or that you will crash into the steering wheel, windshield, or dashboard.
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bar 2.jpgIn February, 2008 a teenage brother and sister were involved in an auto accident with an intoxicated driver. Shortly before the accident, the drunk driver had been drinking beer at a local Kansas City restaurant. His blood was drawn after the accident, and his blood alcohol content was beyond the legal limit. Both teenagers suffered severe injuries in the accident. The young man’s medical specials totaled $115,000, and the young woman’s totaled $150,000.

The brother and sister brought a personal injury action against the restaurant in Jackson County, Missouri, based on an alleged violation of Missouri’s dram shop law. The plaintiffs claimed the restaurant knew the man was intoxicated before he left. They further claimed the restaurant failed to have precautionary policies in place regarding the safe administration and service of alcohol by its employees. The case settled for $4,000,000. The identity of the parties was not released due to the confidentiality terms of the settlement.

29_11_16-Ford-Windstar-Minivan_web-thumb-230x153Ford recalled 575,000 of its Ford Windstar Vans because of a risk that the rear axles could corrode and break, causing serious auto accidents that could potentially result in personal injuries or even death.

The recall affects vans sold from 1998 until 2003, and covers areas where road salts are in heavier use, like northern states and the east coast. Missouri is included as a state where the vans have been recalled. There have been 234 complaints of axle problems in Ford Windstar vans, and at least two reports of accidents relating to a broken axle.

Ford would be notifying owners of the recall by mail beginning in late September, and the van can be fixed at no cost to the owner.

car on side or road.jpgThe long journey through Missouri’s legal system appears to be over for two teenage daughters of a man killed in an auto accident four years ago. Lee Widaman, father of Elise L. Widaman and Natalie J. Widaman, was killed when he was struck by a car on the side of the road after he stopped to help a fellow motorist. The daughters reached a settlement early on with one insurance company, but did not finally resolve the case until last month, when during the course of trial a final settlement was reached. An order approving that settlement was entered on August 19. Under the settlement each daughter will receive $189,700, and Lee Widaman’s mother will receive $29,900.

Bus.jpgAn elderly man recently settled a personal injury lawsuit he filed after the car he was driving was struck by a bus just outside of St. Louis in Florissant, Missouri. The man required three surgeries following the accident. His medical expenses were $211,119 and his lost wages totaled $168,044. He was forced to quit his job as an insurance broker due to chronic pain resulting from the accident. The settlement totaled $600,000. The identities of the parties were not released pursuant to the terms of the settlement.

truck.jpgA Missouri trucking accident case ends with a $6.5 settlement for the man who was injured after being rear ended by a semi truck. The trucking accident occurred in Benton County Missouri in 2005.

The injured party, Timothy Owen, was driving a motorcycle when he was rear ended by the tractor trailer. The truck was being driven by an employee of Allied Systems. Allied Systems leased the truck from the driver, so in this case, there was a unique question about whether the driver was driving the truck in the course and scope of his employment or for personal use.
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Work Zone.jpgDuring the summer months in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Transportation is out in full force, making highway and road improvements throughout the state. However, these improvements set the stage for very dangerous driving conditions. Automobile accidents in work zones can cause major personal injuries, property damage, and even death. Innocent drivers, innocent highway workers, and the negligent drivers not paying attention are all at risk for serious personal injuries as a result of an automobile accident.

One of the biggest risks in work zones is slowed or stopped traffic. Drivers who are not paying close attention may not notice the traffic, and may instead drive right into the back of stopped vehicles. This is the same situation that occurred just last week near Gray Summit Missouri, when the four-car collision took the lives of two young people. This accident involved a semi-truck, a pick-up truck and two school buses from St. James, Missouri carrying band students on their way to Six Flags.
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