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Single-car rollover accidents can be difficult to investigate

Some crashes that occur here in Missouri are challenging for investigators. For instance, the occupants of vehicles involved in suspected single-car rollover accidents may not survive to provide police with information regarding what happened. Without any additional witnesses, the factors that led to these wrecks can be elusive.

For instance, police do not even know when a recent single-vehicle accident occurred. Troopers with the Missouri Highway Patrol report that the car was found upside down in a creek. Evidence gathered from the scene indicates that the 19-year-old driver somehow lost control of the car on a curve. When that happened, the vehicle careened off the roadway, slammed into several trees and went down a rock bluff where it came to rest on its roof in the creek.

The driver and the 18-year-old passenger were found dead in the vehicle, despite the fact that they were properly restrained. The families of these two teens may never get answers to all of their questions. Police do believe that no other vehicle was involved in this tragedy, and there may be no witnesses to it to help fill in the blanks for officials and the families. All they know is that these two young people died without ever really getting the chance to live. 

Not only does a premature death often come with intense shock and grief, but it also comes with unexpected expenses that can cripple a family's finances. The family of the passenger might exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the driver. If it is established that the death of their loved one was due to the negligence of another, a Missouri court may award the family damages that could help with the financial losses that inevitably accompany fatal rollover accidents.

Source:, "Forsyth teens killed in Taney County crash", Claudette Riley, Nov. 4, 2015

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