When most people picture an intoxicated driver being involved in a crash, that person's vehicle is a car, SUV or some other vehicle with four wheels or more. However, many Missouri drunk driving accidents involve two-wheeled vehicles, such as motorcycles, mopeds or motor scooters. The damage done in these crashes can be just as serious or deadly.
Most drivers do not set out to kill anyone when they get behind the wheel of their vehicles. However, when a Missouri resident decides to drive after consuming alcohol or drugs, he or she makes the choice to put the lives of everyone on the road with them at risk. The possibility of that driver causing a crash that takes the life of someone else is real. Many people may not realize that murder charges can result from drunk driving accidents.
When two vehicles collide, the force behind the impact often determines how severely the occupants of each vehicle are injured. This means that rear-end collisions can be just as deadly as head-on collisions -- especially at highway speeds. A recent two-vehicle crash on Interstate 44 here in Missouri sadly illustrates this fact.
Drunk driving can quickly lead to injuries or even death in Missouri. Those who have lost loved ones in drunk driving accidents may understandably question how such an accident could have happened. Unfortunately, one teenager recently died after being struck by an alleged drunken driver while standing near the roadway.
Despite what efforts Missouri residents may take to ensure that they are safe while driving on the road, accidents can still happen. This is especially true if other people are drinking and driving. This appears to be the case with one of Missouri's most recent alleged drunk driving accidents.
A Missouri firefighter who was off-duty was killed in March in a tragic car accident. Apparently, the 39-year-old woman who is said to have caused the accident was attempting to pass another vehicle on the highway. Her Audi vehicle struck the front of a Dodge Caliber, which was driven by the 49-year-old firefighter. The woman was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the crash, likely adding to the statistics for 2014 of fatal drunk driving accidents in Missouri.
Any accident can be frightening for those involved as well as their family members. Drunk driving accidents in Missouri are probably some of the worst when it comes to injuries. One such accident recently resulted in the death of a mother and minor injuries for her son.
Car accidents occur every single day on Missouri roads. Some are more severe than others, but many of them end up in someone being injured. Some of the more serious car accidents include head-on collisions and drunk driving accidents. When both of those are combined, it can result in unfortunate fatalities.
From hit-and-run accidents to drunk driving accidents, motor vehicle collisions occur on Missouri roads every day. A woman from Jasper may be facing drunk driving charges, one count of felony vehicular assault and additional charges after one of Missouri's most recent drunk driving accidents. This car accident sent three people, including herself and her child, to the hospital for medical treatment.
While the holidays are a time of year for decking the halls with boughs of holly and being jolly, there are other considerations to take into account as well. A major factor people should take into account before leaving on their holiday road trip this year is to consider the sheer number of people who will be traveling. Drunk driving accidents are also on the rise this time of year due to negligent drivers. Leaving earlier and driving defensively could help Missouri drivers avoid accidents on the road this season.