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.
When an accident occurs, Missouri law enforcement officials hope to glean as much evidence as they can from the scene. This includes making preliminary judgments regarding whether any driver involved was impaired or somehow distracted at the time of the crash. This task is more complicated in hit-and-run accidents.
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.
For whatever reason, some Missouri drivers fail to remain at the scene of an accident. Fortunately, however, not all drivers in hit-and-run accidents manage to escape before law enforcement and other emergency personnel arrive. This was the case in a recent fatal accident in which the driver of the vehicle believed responsible attempted to get away but was stopped by a witness and held until police arrived.
Much of the focus of advocacy groups and law enforcement agencies is on preventing people from driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, taking drugs and then getting behind the wheel of a car can be just as dangerous. Drivers high on drugs cause numerous head-on collisions each year in Missouri.
Sometimes, when a driver loses control of a vehicle, the circumstances cause it to roll. There are not many rollover accidents that are caused by the driver actually intending to crash the vehicle. Police believe this is what happened in a recent Missouri single-car accident that killed one man and injured two others.
Motorcycles and cars have to share the road every single day. Although the weather is getting cooler, there are still many motorcycles on Missouri roads right now. Therefore, a motorcyclist needs to ensure that he or she is alert and focused on the road ahead. Likewise, drivers in vehicles need to focus on the road while also being on the lookout for motorcycles. When this is not done, it often results in an accident that leaves someone hurt or dead, such as with one of Missouri's recent motorcycle accidents.
Roads in Missouri can be a very dangerous place to be, though many people have to travel them every single day. Hit-and-run drivers contribute to making the roads across the country unsafe, and they are usually prosecuted once they are located. Fortunately, drivers responsible for hit-and-run accidents are often found and criminally charged by law enforcement personnel.
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.
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.