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Accident involving multiple semi trucks injures 2

For any Missouri motorist, large trucks can pose a serious threat if an unexpected accident should occur. These types of vehicles are usually much larger than the average car on the road, so the consequences of such truck accidents can be sever or potentially even life threatening. A serious accident of such an ilk occurred recently in Missouri.

A multi-vehicle accident involving three tractor trailers and an SUV slowed traffic and blocked a section of I-70. Police have reported that a driver of a tractor trailer traveling west lost control of his vehicle and overcorrected in an attempt to regain control. This caused the trailer to tip on its side, after which two more tractor trailers and the SUV crashed into the tipped vehicle. Two men involved in the crash were airlifted to a hospital, although both were conscious at the scene. It was not immediately known what caused the driver of the first tractor trailer to lose control.

Nine vehicles involved in large accident on Missouri's I-70W

The majority of collisions on Missouri highways involve only two vehicles or a single vehicle that loses control and collides with a fixed object. However, there are some car accidents that are especially severe due to the number of vehicles involved. In many cases, the greater the number of vehicles involved, the greater potential amount of damages.

Recently, a 63-year-old Missouri woman was killed in a multi-vehicle crash that involved nine vehicles in total. Three of the vehicles involved were large tractor-trailers. Due to the extent of the collision, the interstate remained closed for 13 hours after the crash. In addition to the single fatality, eight other people suffered injuries in the accident. The accident occurred across both the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic. It began when the driver of a Jeep Liberty lost control of her vehicle, setting in motion a chain of events that resulted in the multi-vehicle crash.

What are the dangers of distracted driving?

Car accidents are incredibly common throughout Missouri and the rest of the country, but that does not make them unavoidable. Many accidents could be prevented or averted if drivers made the decision to drive with more care and attentiveness, follow traffic laws, and avoid driving while intoxicated. Although it seems like such a simple thing, distracted driving is actually one of the most common causes of car accidents. The Missouri Department of Transportation reports that approximately 80% of crashes involve distracted driving in some form.

Many different actions-when performed while driving-can constitute distracted driving. Examples include not only texting, a highly publicized and dangerous form of distracted driving, but also eating, talking, changing the radio, personal grooming and other simple tasks. Despite the education efforts associated with preventing distracted driving, many drivers continue to engage in these risky behaviors. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, over 50% of teenage drivers report that they have texted while driving.

Actions that can constitute medical malpractice

Even though a doctor's role is to heal or treat a patient and improve his or her health to the extent possible, some people actually end up being harmed by the actions of medical professionals. When the actions of medical professionals cause harm or injury to a patient, medical malpractice may have occurred. Patients and/or their family members may be able to file a lawsuit against the medical provider for compensation for the injuries suffered in this situation. However, winning a malpractice case depends on successfully proving that a doctor committed malpractice in a way that is recognizable under the law.

There are several, but not limitless, ways to prove malpractice. One of the most common scenarios involves negligence. The law relating to medical negligence first requires that the medical professional owe a certain kind of duty to the patient. Many duties owed to patients stem from the doctor-patient relationship. Additionally, the injured patient must show that the health care professional did not act consistently with the recognized standard of care and that the patient's injury resulted from that deviation. Negligence can be proven in cases, for instance, in which doctors fail to perform standard testing, fail to properly diagnose an illness or injury or fail to adequately monitor a patient during or after treatment.

Fatal car accident in Missouri

It is always important for every individual operating a vehicle on the roadways of Missouri to exercise as much care as possible. However, even if they are not exercising the maximum amount of care, they must at least exercise the minimum level of care that is required by Missouri law. If they do not exercise this level of care, they are considered negligent, and, if this negligence leads to a car accident, they may be held liable for injuries.

A tragic car collision that recently occurred in Missouri involved three commercial semis and one passenger vehicle. The catastrophic accident resulted in the death of one individual, and others that were involved received medical treatment for their injuries.

The steps that should be taken after a car accident

When a resident of Missouri is involved in a car accident, there are likely numerous emotions that arise as a result. They may feel scared, confused, angry and several other emotions. However, after a car accident, it is very important that the parties involved remain as calm as possible and follow a few very important steps to ensure they are protected and covering all their legal bases.

First of all, it is very important to remain at the scene of the accident. If you leave the scene of the accident, you could be charged with fleeing, which is a crime in some situations. It is also important to check on all of those involved in the accident and call for medical attention if necessary. After that, call the police, and when they arrive, ask for a police report to be filled out. You should also take pictures of any damage that has occurred.

What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

As a driver on a Missouri road, you likely often see large trucks. These trucks serve important purposes throughout the state. However, they also are often the cause of many serious truck accidents. You may be wondering how exactly these truck accidents occur -- especially if you have been involved in such an accident.

First, trucks carry a lot of inherent risk. These vehicles are large in size and weight. This can make it more difficult for trucks to slow down, to stop, or to maneuver on roadways. Without precision driving and attentiveness, truck drivers can easily cause an accident.

Products liability claims explained

Readers of this blog and residents of Missouri have likely encountered a dangerous product or heard of someone who was injured by a dangerous product. However, what they may not be aware of is that in some circumstances, these individuals can obtain compensation for the injuries they suffered. The type of lawsuit that they would file in order to receive compensation would be a products liability lawsuit.

Products liability occurs when a manufacturer or seller is held liable or financially responsible for a dangerous or defective product. However, not all injuries caused by dangerous products will result in a products liability lawsuit. According to products liability law, the product must only meet the reasonable expectations of the consumer. Products liability lawsuits can only be successfully filed when a product has an unexpected defect or danger.

Missouri truck accident kills three family members

When families are traveling together in a motor vehicle, the last thing that they think will happen is that that they will get into a car accident and some of them won't survive. Unfortunately for a family that was from a neighboring state and traveling through Missouri recently, that is exactly how their road trip ended. A tragic fatal truck accident involving a large commercial motor vehicle left three of the four family members fatally injured.

According to accident reports, the collision occurred on a bridge. According to a patrol officer, the 56-year-old driver of a dump truck lost control of his vehicle after it got a flat tire. This loss of control caused the dump truck to cross over the centerline and strike a truck that was headed southbound and towing a boat.

Missouri car accident kills three family members

As previous postings in this blog have discussed, it is important that drivers of commercial motor vehicles exercise an increased level of care when they are traveling the roadways of Missouri and all other states across the country. However, even if they do exercise this level of care, things can go wrong and lead to car accidents. This may be what happened in a recent car collision that occurred in Missouri and left four individuals dead.

According to authorities, the accident occurred when a dump truck and a passenger vehicle collided head-on. The dump truck was traveling northbound when one of its tires went flat. This caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle, veer into oncoming traffic and strike the passenger vehicle head-on.

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