Passing on a two-lane road is a risky maneuver. If drivers are not paying adequate attention to the flow of traffic in the oncoming lane, near head-on or head-on collisions are a distinct possibility. Drivers who fail to successfully pass on two-lane roads cause numerous crashes in Missouri each year.
Two vehicles were heading in opposite directions on Route E recently when they collided. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that the driver of the eastbound vehicle, a 44-year-old man, attempted to pass another vehicle at the time. The man was barely alive when emergency personnel arrived, and he was rushed to an area hospital. Unfortunately, his injuries were too severe, and he died in spite of the efforts of medical personnel.
The 46-year-old driver of the westbound vehicle suffered unknown injuries that were only described as moderate. Her current condition is not known. Reportedly, neither Missouri resident was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. It is not yet known if any additional factors contributed to the accident.
Depending on the nature of the woman’s injuries, her recovery could take a considerable amount of time, during which she will likely accrue medical expenses, lost wages and other damages often seen in near head-on or head-on collisions. Even though the driver who was reported to be responsible for the crash did not survive, the injured woman may still file a personal injury claim against the man’s estate. Successfully establishing his negligence could result in the court awarding her a monetary judgment to provide her with financial restitution as an offset for her losses.
Source: ksdk.com, “Silex man dies in Lincoln Co. accident”, Brandie Piper, April 23, 2015