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Car accidents: Wrong-way driver allegedly kills 1, injures 4

Regardless of how careful Missouri drivers are, chances are always good that another driver will be distracted, intoxicated or just negligent and cause injuries or the deaths of responsible drivers and their passengers. Drivers have little or no defense against those who cross over the center line. The resulting car accidents often result in fatalities. One such crash recently claimed the life of a 55-year-old man.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that the incident occurred in Clinton County at about 6:30 on a recent Wednesday morning. Authorities say another vehicle veered across the center line and smashed into the victim's car. His car went into a spin that landed him in the opposite lane.

The rotation put his vehicle in the path of two other cars traveling in the opposite direction. No information was provided about the driver who allegedly crossed over to cause the initial crash that killed the 55-year-old man. A woman driver occupied one of the other two vehicles that smashed into the spinning car and a man with two children were in the other car. They were all treated for minor injuries.

Senseless car accidents such as this one can devastate the surviving family members of those who lose their lives. Financial difficulties can be experienced when end-of-life bills have to be paid, and the sudden loss of income may also cause stumbling blocks. The person deemed responsible for such a fatality can be held accountable by filing a wrongful death claim in a Missouri civil court to pursue financial relief. Negligence will have to be established before the court will consider documented claims for damages sustained.

Source: stjoechannel.com, "One Killed in Clinton Co. Crash", May 11, 2016

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