Missouri residents may have reason to be concerned about the number of young adults who lose their lives or suffer life-changing injuries in car accidents. It is not uncommon for rollover accidents to occur when a driver loses control and leaves the roadway. Unfortunately, in many of these single-vehicle accidents, the passengers suffer the worst consequences.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that such an accident occurred just before midnight on a recent Monday. According to the crash report, an 18-year-old driver and three passengers were eastbound on the Interstate when the driver allegedly failed to maintain control of his vehicle. The SUV ran off the roadway and overturned. The reason for the driver losing control is not known.
It was reported that two passengers, ages 23 and 21 respectively, were severely injured and transported to a local hospital. The third passenger, who was 22 years old, died on the way to a different hospital. The driver of the vehicle suffered no more than moderate injuries. Injured victims of car accidents may have to face hardships in the form of lengthy physical rehabilitation after extensive injuries and ongoing medical bills. In addition, they may not be able to return to work for some time.
The families of passengers who died in such accidents will face a different set of challenges in adjusting to life without a loved one, along with the financial burden of the funeral and burial. Missouri residents may not realize that it is possible to obtain compensation for injuries or death of passengers in a single-vehicle accident. Personal injury and wrongful death claims may be filed in a civil court. If the negligence of drivers causes rollover accidents, or any other accidents, they may be held responsible.
Source: ksdk.com, “1 killed, 3 injured in I-270 accident”, Brandie Piper, Dec. 9, 2014