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Car accidents: 3-vehicle Missouri crash claims 2 lives

A section of a Missouri Highway 30 in Jefferson County had to be closed for cleaning up activities and investigation after a fatal crash that occurred on a recent Thursday afternoon. This was one of the many multi-car accidents that have claimed lives of motorists on the state's roadways. According to the State Highway Patrol, the crash involved three cars and took the lives of two drivers.

An accident report indicates that a 23-year-old pickup truck driver was traveling east on the highway when his attempt to change lanes ended in a collision with another pickup truck. The first truck rolled over, and it was propelled into the lanes of westbound traffic. It smashed into a third vehicle that was traveling in that lane.

Both these drivers suffered critical injuries in the crash, and they were rushed to a medical facility. Sadly, both drivers succumbed to their injuries while they were in the hospital. The second pickup truck also rolled over after crossing the median, but the driver of this vehicle suffered no injuries.

The surviving family members of the man in the third vehicle who died in this crash are entitled to pursue claims for financial relief. In cases in which the drivers deemed responsible for car accidents died, their estates may be named as defendants in wrongful death lawsuits. However, sufficient evidence of negligence on the part of the driver will have to be established before a Missouri civil court will adjudicate documented items of damages incurred. These claims may include out-of-pocket losses along with emotional damages brought about by the tragedy.

Source: stltoday.com, "2 killed in Jefferson County crash", Jesse Bogan, Nassim Benchaabane, July 28, 2016

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