Category Archives: Missouri Wrongful Death Lawyer

Tractor Trailer Kills Pedestrian in Pettis County

The Missouri State High Patrol has reported that at approximately 6:46 a.m. on January 12, 2015, a 2007 Freightliner truck struck and killed 54 year old pedestrian Daniel Dekeyser. The Freightliner was being operated by 70 year old John Waugh of Holden, Missouri, in the eastbound direction of US Highway 50, approximately .5 miles west of Daviess Road. Daniel Dekeyser, a resident of La Month, Missouri, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A.

It is reported that Dekeyser was also involved in a crash immediately before the impact with the Freightliner. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that at 6:44 a.m in the same location, Dekeyser was pushing his disabled 1999 Mazada 626 across the roadway of westbound U.S. 50, when Dekeyser and his vehicle were struck by 63 year old David Henness of Paola Kansas. Henness was driving a 2009 Kenworth T660 in an eastbound direction on US 50 when he struck Dekeyser and his vehicle. After the impact, Dekeyser was thrown into the driving lane of US Highway 50 where he was struck by the Frightliner.

Determining Fault in Multi-Vehicle Crashes

In crashes where multiple vehicles are involved, fault is often difficult to establish. In a tragic case of this nature that involves a fatality, an accident reconstruction is typically conducted. An accident reconstruction by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Major Crash Investigation Unit provides detailed reporting of serious crashes involving fatalities, commercial motor vehicles and crashes resulting in felony criminal charges. The crash team utilizes Robotic Total Station technology which helps paint and extremely detailed picture of how the crash occurred.

In addition to the Major Crash Investigation Unit, insurance companies for the party’s involved will also send investigators to the scene of the crash in an attempt to make an independent determination of how the crash occurred. It is important for those involved in the crash, and the families of those wrongfully killed, to be aware that the insurance companies are often interested only in obtaining information which is beneficial to their interests. The parties involved in the crash, as well as the families of those killed, are entitled to retain their own accident reconstruction experts in order to investigate the scene and ensure all evidence is fairly compiled.

It is also important to remember that large tractor-trailer truck accidents provide even more data than a typical car accident. Large commercial trucks like the 2007 Freightliner have onboard devices known as ‘electronic control modules’. These devices provide information about how fast the truck was going at the time of the crash, braking distances, and other vital driver data which can help determine how the crash occurred. These devices must be downloaded by an expert with the proper equipment.

If the fault of those involved cannot be agreed upon after all the evidence is gathered, a jury may be required to hear all of the evidence and make a liability determination. A jury would be responsible for listening to all of the experts findings, witness testimony, and other relevant evidence before making their determination. After hearing all of the evidence, a jury may determine that several parties were to blame for the crash. If this occurred, the jury would be required to assign a certain % of fault to each party. Simply because you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, does not mean you are unable to recover for your loss. For this reason it is extremely important that you have an accident lawyer fighting to make sure the insurance companies do not unfairly assign fault to the wrong party.

More importantly, in a situation where one party is killed in the crash, it is even more important that the evidence is promptly gathered to ensure the surviving party’s testimony is truthful. If a loved one is lost in an accident, the family members of the deceased may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses, burial expenses, lost wages of the deceased, and other compensation associated with the loss of their loved one through a wrongful death claim. While it is certainly the last thing a family wants to deal with following a tragic loss, it is extremely important that the case is protected so the family can seek reimbursement for their loss at the proper time.

For more information about what can be expected after a fatal truck crash, feel free to call (314) 409-7060 to speak to a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. There is no charge to call and discuss your case. We are here to serve.

 

Two Students of Hazelwood Central Killed in Tragic Crash

Wednesday night two students of Hazelwood Central were killed when their vehicle struck the base of a traffic light near the Jamestown Mall on North Lindbergh Boulevard. The fiery crash has left the victims unidentified, however, sources say the victims were 15 year old Dwayne Williams and 17 year Dujuan Macon.

Reports state that the teens were returning from a friends birthday party when the crash occurred. Friends and family have constructed a makeshift memorial at the tragic scene, with over 200 people gathering nearby to mourn the loss of the the young men Thursday night. It is reported that the driver of the car lost control of the vehicle and struck the traffic light. The Blackjack fire department put out the blaze and are continuing to deal with the aftermath.

Friends and family report that the teens were well liked with promising futures. Both of the young men were sophomores at Hazelwood Central who will be missed dearly. Hazelwood School District has issued a statement offering their condolences to the families affected by this tragedy.

The exact reason for the loss of control is not yet known. St. Louis County Police Department Crimes Against Persons Unit and Accident Reconstruction Teams continue to investigate the exact cause of the crash. The victims were riding in a Camaro heading east near the intersection of Lindbergh and Mill Road at approximately 10:15 p.m., when the crash occurred.

St. Louis Police Procedure After a Wrongful Death Accident

After a wrongful death accident in Missouri, accident reconstruction teams perform an extremely detailed investigation into how the crash occurred. However, the investigation can leave families confused and waiting for extended periods of time before they are able to view the results of the investigation. Families should be prepared to wait up to 30 days before they are able to obtain a copy of the full crash reconstruction report.

Following a normal non-lethal crash, the police will create a basic 2-5 page police report. This report will contain basic information about the crash, such as insurance information, weather conditions, types of vehicles involved, location, probable fault of the parties, etc. However, in a deadly crash, the accident reconstruction team will create a much more detailed report with estimated speeds, distances, numerous photos, and other information helpful in painting a much clearer picture of how the crash occurred. These reports can range upwards of 50 pages or more and they commonly take in excess of 30 days to prepare.

Unfortunately for the families of those killed, they are forced to wait in agony. While they wait, automobile insurance companies will likely be calling and offering to pay burial expenses in exchange for waiver of further liability. However, the families of those wrongfully killed should be extremely careful to not sign anything without speaking to an injury attorney first. Insurance companies will try to trick families into waiving a wrongful death claim in exchange for a token amount to help with burial expenses. Be on the lookout for this tactic and make sure you do not forgo your legal rights while in state of extreme shock. Missouri law allows for the reimbursement of many aspects of a loss of this nature, not simply burial expenses.

Our prayers go out to the friends and families suffering from this horrific crash.

 

HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER CONTRIBUTES TO A DEADLY NYE HOLIDAY

An incredibly tragic crash occurred on new years eve when a hit-and-run driver stole the life of 20 year old Xander Wohlstadter and severley injured his girlfriend Emma Casey. Wohlstadter received a text message from his mother letting him know that his photo album had arrived in the mail and was waiting for him at her apartment. While in route to his mother’s apartment around 9:30 p.m, with only a block to go, Wohlstadter’s Mitsubishi Lancer was struck broadside at Jefferson Avenue and Chouteau in St. Louis City.

The cowardly person responsible for the crash fled the scene. Immediately after the impact, the driver who caused the crash got out of his car and ran. Luckily, he was arrested not long after by a nearby building. St. Louis police decided to release the driver the following evening while additional evidence is gathered by prosecutors.

Emma Casey was a student at Webster Groves High School and worked with Wohlstadter at Shaw’s Coffee. The crash left Casey with fractures to her skull, pelvis, and ribs. While initially requiring a ventilator, her condition is improving and it is reported she is breathing on her own. Her family has created a webpage on the website Caringbridge where updates on her condition can be found.

Tragic Start to New Year for the State of Missouri

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Wohlstadter was one of 9 people killed in traffic crashes in Missouri over the New Year Holiday. The Highway Patrol reported that from 6:00 p.m. December 31, 2014 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2015, there were 344 traffic crashes with 116 injuries, and 90 DWI arrests. This New Year’s Holiday proved to be one of the deadliest in recent years for the State of Missouri.

  • 12/31/14: In addition to Wohlstadter of St. Louis, Missouri, 54 year old Jackie O. Cheatom of Columbia, Missouri was also killed on New Year’s Even when he was struck by two automobiles while walking across Stadium near Worley, in Columbia, MO.
  • 1/1/15: New Year’s day saw the deaths of 24 year old Aaron R. Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri, 31 year old Michael L. Derousse of Park Hills, Missouri, 22 year old William E. Lyles of Troy, Missouri, and 20 year old Austin Moore of St. Charles, Missouri.
    • Aaron R. Thomas was tragically killed while riding as a passenger in a vehicle that traveled off the roadway due to the driver overcorrecting. It is reported that Thomas was wearing his seatbelt when the crash occurred, but was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
    • Michael L. Derousse lost his life when his vehicle bottomed out and he lost control. He was also wearing his seatbelt, but pronounced dead at the scene by the Ste. Genevieve County EMS crew.
    • William E. Lyles and Austin M. Moore were killed when Moore lost control of his vehicle while attempting to pass another vehicle in St. Charles County on Missouri Route C near Silvers Road.
  • 1/3/15: The St. Joseph Police Department has reported one death from a crash in their jurisdiction, but withheld all other details at this time.
  • 1/4/15: On Saturday January 4th, 19 year old Gunner W. Petty of Lawson, Missouri and 26 year old Tyson D. Lorance were both killed in car accidents.
    • Gunner Petter was killed when his vehicle left the roadway and stuck a drain pipe. Petter was wearing his seatbelt, but pronounced dead at the scene near Missouri Route M near Clevenger Road in Ray County.
    • Tyson Lorance of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri died when his vehicle left the roadway near a curve on Missouri Route C west of Sprott Road, in Ste. Genevieve County.

Dealing With An Incomprehensible Loss After An Accident

Our sincere and heartfelt prayers go out to the families of those wrongfully killed. The process of obtaining police reports, dealing with insurance companies, and protecting the wrongful death case connected with the loss of a loved one is a distant thought from the immediate grief and suffering following a loss of this nature. As injury lawyers, we are here to help in anyway you require and answer any of your questions.

It is our job to protect your wrongful death claim while you and your family grieve. A claim for wrongful death is designed to help make sure surviving loved ones are provided with the lost wages of the deceased, reimbursement for medical and burial expenses, and other damages associated with the loss. Failure to gather necessary evidence and adhere to to time limitations may result in families being prevented from bringing a claim in the future and therefore victimized twice. A simple call and free consultation will help make sure you are educated on your legal rights and responsibilities. We truly are here to help.

Five Killed in July 4th Crash

A two-vehicle crash in Archie, Missouri claimed the lives of five people on the Independence day holiday. Among the deceased were three young children.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the crash took place Thursday afternoon when the victims’ vehicle ran off of Cass Country Road (east of Archie), over-corrected and skidded across the road in a sideways motion. Their vehicle then struck a second vehicle, which was eastbound on Country Road.

The Highway Patrol recorded that victims included 22 year-old Aleah Lucas, 8 year-old Anna Rittermeyer, 32 year-old Jason Rittermeyer, 9 year-old Sage Rittermeyer, and 10 year-old Noah Rittermeyer. The Rittermeyer’s were all residents of Archie, Missouri, while Lucas was from Olathe, Kansas.

According to the report, the driver of the victim’s vehicle and one of the children were not wearing a seatbelt and were ejected from the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that was struck by the over-correcting car sustained minor injuries.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire Archie, Missouri community as they mourn the loss of these five individuals. If you have lost a loved one in a tragic car crash, such as the accident detailed above, you may be entitled to a monetary reward. You deserve to be compensated for the tragedy you suffered, and for the associated expenses as well. To find out more about a claim for wrongful death, and for an absolutely FREE phone consultation, give one of our experienced personal injury lawyers a call today at 855.40.CRASH or 314.409.7060 to discuss your potential case. We look forward to being of service to you.

Memphis, MO Couple Killed in Tragic Crash

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, in a Sunday afternoon crash, 77-year-old Elva Farris was driving northbound on Missouri Route AA when she attempted to cross Highway 54. Farris attempted to cross the highway, but failed to yield to an oncoming motorcycle, colliding with a Memphis, MO couple. The motorcycle was traveling eastbound on 54 in Miller County, Missouri when it was struck by the side of the SUV.

In this tragic Missouri motorcycle crash, Christopher Vanhoozen, 40, and Cynthia Vanhoozen, 38, were both pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing, and there is still no word on the date and time of the funeral services. From all of the lawyers at accidentlawyerstlouis.com, our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Memphis, Missouri community in the wake of this serious tragedy.

Unfortunately, following a devastating loss, there is nothing anyone can do or say to lessen the pain of the victim’s family. However, for whatever it is worth, the lawyers at accidentlawyerstlouis.com feel blessed that they are in the position to help grieving family members by providing with them with advice, helping them with arrangments, and potentially winning them compensation following a loss. If you have lost a loved one to a tragic motorcycle accident or car crash, please give one of our compassionate, skilled attorneys a call today at 314.409.7060. We promise that you will feel confident putting us to work for you, while you focus on mourning and recovering from your loss. Remember, we NEVER charge a single fee unless we win your loved one’s case.

Musician Ben Tucker Killed in Car Crash

In a tragic story that took place earlier in the week, Georgia musician Ben Tucker, 82, was killed in a car accident. Tucker, a famous musician, performed with stars like Peggy Lee and Quincy Jones before settling into the jazz scene in Savannah, Georgia.

The famous musician and avid golfer was driving a golf cart across a cross walk on Hutchinson Island, when a car slammed into him at a high speed. According to Savannah-Chatham County police, Tucker was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The negligent driver of the vehicle that struck him was charged with vehicular homicide and several other criminal charges.

The news stunned jazz enthusiasts and fellow musicians in Savannah, where Tucker continued to be a musical figure after four decades. Tucker made a living by playing an upright bass in jazz festivals, nightclub gigs, and wedding receptions.

Jazz guitarist Howard Paul remembers Tucker as being beloved by so many people in the town of Savannah. Before moving to the Georgia coast, Tucker was a successful songwriter, perhaps most notably with “Comin’ Home Baby,” a song co-written with vocalist Bob Dorough, and recorded by Herbie Mann and Michael Buble. By the time the 1960s came to a close, Tucker had toured and recorded with Lee and performed with jazz greats like Buddy Rich, Jones, and Dexter Gordon. According to the Savannah Morning News, Tucker was also the former owner of radio stations WSOK-AM and WLVH-FM.

Police say that the crash that claimed Tucker’s life is still under investigation. The driver that slammed into Tucker’s golf cart, has been identified as 52-year-old Robert William Martin of Spicewood, Texas. Martin is being held without bond in the Chatham County jail for charges of racing and reckless driving, and vehicular homicide.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Savannah community as they mourn the tragic loss of this celebrated jazz musician. Anytime that someone is killed because of the reckless and negligent driving of another, a wrongful death claim can be made. The family members or loved ones of the deceased are entitled to compensation, which can obviously never make up for their tremendous loss, but can help with sudden funeral arrangements and associated costs. If you have lost a loved one to the negligence of someone else, call a Missouri wrongful death attorney today, to discuss your potential case for free. Give us a call at 314.409.7060 or toll free at 855.40.CRASH.

What Can Be Done After a Family Member Dies In a Car Crash?

Life is absolutely precious. Anyone who has lost someone to an auto accident can certainly attest to how precious and fragile life is. Unlike illness or old age, dying in a car crash is an abrupt, unplanned tragedy. In a matter of seconds an entire family’s life can turned upside down. One of the hardest questions to be both asked and answered is– what can be done?

Who pays for the funeral arrangements and associated costs?

With your life already turned upside down, you will have people contacting you about arrangments for your loved one’s remains. This might be something you have never thought about before the loss.  Do not let this stress get you down even further. Assistance is avaliable. If your loved one or family member was an insured driver, funerual benefits may be avaliable through their own personal injury protection coverage. If he or she was uninsured, but was killed by an insured driver, funeral benefits could be avaliable from that driver’s insurance. If you have lost a loved one in a car crash, please feel free to contact me directly at 314.409.7060. My team and I have always worked to help those who have suffered tragic losses in any way we can. We will be more than happy to provide a free investigation of what beneifts are avaliable to help you, or to help find someone who can help make funeral arrangments no matter what your financial situation. Call attorney Christopher Dixon at 314.409.7060 or 855.40.CRASH, and ask to speak about this matter.

What type of claim should be filed for the death of my loved one?

When someone is killed due to another driver’s negligence, it is considered to be a wrongful death claim in the eyes of the law. Although wrongful death is not criminal, it is a pursuable claim for damages against the responsible party and their insurer.

What options do I have after a loved one has been killed in a car crash?

Following the loss of a loved one, wrongful death lawyer Christopher Dixon can take care of your claim, while you focus on recovering from your tremendous loss.  Dixon considers his work a humbling honor, as he has helped numerous families who have lost a loved one to a wrongful death automobile accident. Attorney Chris Dixon works hard to ensure that a family can focus on grieving, while his efforts are focused on making those responsible liable for their actions. His hard work will never bring a loved one back, but he hopes that through his tireless efforts he is able to provide some degree of closure to a family who has suffered a great loss. Call us today, and allow us the honor of serving you and your family in your time of need.

Missouri Mom Killed By Falling Out of a “Party Bus”

A twenty-six year old Missouri mom died Saturday after falling out a “party bus” on a friend’s bachelorette party. The vehicle’s emergency doors busted open while the bus was driving on a busy highway to what was supposed to be a fun girl’s night out.

According to Kansas City’s KSHB, new mom, Jamie Frecks, was out celebrate the impending marriage of a friend, when she fell out of the “party bus” and was struck by at least three vehicles. Jamie was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Of course, Freck’s entire family is devastated over the young mother’s death, and they are demanding answers as to how the accident occurred in the first place. Jamie’s aunt questioned the company as to why the doors weren’t secured properly.

According to KSHB, Eddy Goetz, an owner of Midnight Express Party Bus, which operates the vehicle, said that he had absolutely no idea how the doors could have just come open. Unfortunately, Goetz’s half-hearted answer provided no real answers for Jamie’s mourning family, and the 5-month-old child that she leaves behind.

A wrongful death, such as Jamie Freck’s tragic passing, alters a family forever. When a loved one dies because of someone’s carelessness or intentional act, or as a result of a defective product, it is hard to know how to proceed. Missouri wrongful death attorney Chris Dixon understands that grieving families need real answers. An experienced St. Louis wrongful death lawyer, Dixon has several years experience in investigating accidents, litigating claims and obtaining awards in wrongful death cases. To talk to attorney Chris Dixon about your potential claim today, call 314.409.7060.

Missouri Memorial Day 2013: Accidents Result in Fatalities & Injuries

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, five people died in traffic crashes on Missouri roads over the long holiday weekend. Similarly, one individual died on a Missouri waterway, and numerous car accidents resulted in injuries on the busy three-day weekend.  

The Highway Patrol records that the fatalties include:

  • Kaitlyn Prater, of Farmington, Missouri, who passed when she was struck by a vehicle at a pedestrian cross walk;
  • Buck Haynes, of Bentonville, Arkansas, who died when a vehicle rear ended his motorcycle in Washburn, Missouri on Saturday.
  • Alta Rader, of Risco, Missouri, died in following a car crash Saturday, when her vehicle caught fire near Portageville, Missouri.
  • Devin Scholl, of California, passed away when the ATV he was operating overturned Sunday in Perry County, Missouri.
  • Augustus Dodson, of Walnut Grove, Missouri, died when his car flipped near Eudora, Missouri on Sunday.
  • Oscar Shannon, of Sikeston, Missouri, passed away in a boating accident on Upper Big Lake over the weekend. Shannon lost his balance while fishing, and fell off the boat. He was not wearing a life jacket.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 274 crashes investigated between Friday night and Monday night of Memorial Day Weekend 2013 in Missouri. State troopers similarly arrested 129 individuals for driving while intoxicated. Over the course of the weekend, there were seven investigated boating crashes, involving one fatality and several injuries.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and loved ones of all of those lost this Memorial Day weekend. If you are a family member or loved one of someone who was killed in a St. Louis wrongful death accident, we hope that while you mourn and recover, you seek counsel from a Missouri injury attorney. A compassionate, understanding injury attorney can help you to recieve compensation for your tragic loss. Call us today for free, at no obligation, at 314.409.7060.

Towing A Trailer Safely: MO Unhitched Trailer Attorney

Thousands of individuals are injured, and others are killed, each year from unhitched or defectively hitched vehicle trailers. Victims of these catastrophic injuries and loved ones of these wrongful deaths may be entitled to reimbursement for their losses. A Missouri unhitched trailer accident attorney can help to win you the reimbursement you deserve.

If you are going to drive with a trailer hitched to the back of your vehicle, it is important that you perform the following safety inspection before each and every trip.  Double check that:

  • The hitch pin that secures the ball mount to the trailer receiver is intact.
  • The spring bar hinges are tight with their safety clips in proper place.
  • The coupler is completely secured.
  • All safety chains are properly attached.
  • The electrical plugs are properly installed.

Individuals towing trailers share similar safety concerns as RV drivers. But, a tow vehicle and trailer form a hinged vehicle, which presents several additional sets of concerns. Weight considerations are extremely important to safe towing, as the tow vehicle must be a proper sized match for the trailer. If the trailer is properly equipped, it can perform safely under a variety of conditions.

Ultimately, there are three basic types of trailers, and they differ in the way they are hitched:

  1. Conventional traveling trailers
  2. Motorcycle, tent, or cargo trailers
  3. Fifth-wheel trailers

Conventional Trailers

Typically, the ball and the coupler hitch are used on a wide variety of tow vehicle and trailer combinations. The coupler hitch is just a ball attached to the rear of the tow vehicle and a socket at the tip of an A-frame, which is attached to the front of the trailer. This particular hitch is most commonly used on recreational trailers.

Heavier models, such as boat trailers or travel trailers, require a load-distributing hitch. These hitches use special types of equipment to distribute the heavy load to all axles of the tow vehicle and the trailers to help stabilize the tow vehicle. Some helpful terms that pertain to hitch adjustment and hitch performance on this type of hitch are:

  • Receiver: The receiver is a hitch platform that is fitted to the tow vehicle itself.
  • Ball Mount: The ball mount is a removable steel piece that fits into the receiver.
  • Sway Control: This device lessens the pivoting motion between the vehicle and the hitch.
  • Coupler: The coupler is the ball socket at the front end of the trailer that receives the hitch.

Tent, Motorcycle, or Cargo Trailers

There are numerous types of couplings between the towing vehicle and the trailer.  These include:

  • The ball and socket.
  • The universal joint with a detachable pin.
  • The ball with swivel.
  • The pin with swivel.

If towing one of these types, the coupling you choose should be:

  • Not binding, not able to slip, and not able to loosen.
  • Easy to properly hook and unhook.
  • Free moving.

Motorcycle riders who are towing a trailer should remember to drive in the center of the road, as they have to worry about the width of the trailer. To avoid a motorcycle crash, motorcycle riders should avoid the oil strip near the center of the roadway at busy intersections, in addition to uneven road surfaces and edges.

Fifth-wheel Trailers

Fifth-wheel trailers are typically extremely stable, so not as much attention is paid to balance, weight limits, and hitching procedures.  However, driver’s of fifth-wheel trailers should still pay attention to these factors. Fifth-wheel trailers are not as common as the trailer types listed above, because they lack space. The hitch occupies the truck bed’s center, so the hitch itself takes up around 20% of the trailer.

How to Weigh a Trailer

Trailers must be weighed to be sure that loads are properly distributed. To weigh a trailer, one should look for “Public Scales” in their area in the yellow pages or in an online search.

Missouri Defective Trailer Hitch Lawyer

If you or a family member has suffered a wrongful death or a catastrophic injury from a trailer hitch or defective product, please contact an experienced Missouri unhitched trailer attorney today at 314.409.7060 or toll free at 855.40.CRASH. Our aggressive legal team of accident investigators and experts are available to offer a free consultation, and ultimately to bring the wrongdoers to justice. In doing so, we will achieve the best results for you and your family. We look forward to serving you, and promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.

Farmington, Missouri Pedestrian Accident Causes Fatality

In a tragic accident Friday evening, Kaitlyn Rose Prater, of Farmington, Missouri was killed. Prater, tragically taken way too soon, was a young student at Farmington Middle School, where she excelled in softball and sports. Kaitlyn, or “KK,” as friends called her, will be laid to rest today following Friday’s pedestrian accident.

Local pages on social media sites featured fond memories of Prater from numerous friends, family members, and loved ones over the holiday weekend.  Those who didn’t know Kaitlyn personally remember her as a young softball player who wore #23, and was a member of the Blue Angels girl’s softball team.

Prater passed away shortly after being struck by a vehicle while walking along Business 32, near Karsch Boulevard in Farmington, Missouri on Friday evening.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kaitlyn was crossing a cross walk across Karsch Boulevard, when she was struck by an eastbound 2011 Nissam Altima. Prater was transported to Parkland Health Center by ambulance, but succumbed to her critical injuries before recieving treatment.

Kaitlyn’s funeral service is taking place this afteroon in the C.Z. Boyer Chapel in Desloge. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials are directed towards their attention.

The thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and loved one of the young Kaitlyn Prater. Pedestrian accidents are both catastrophic and tragic, and the loved ones of the victims are typically entitled to reimbursement for their unimaginable loss. If you or a loved one has suffered losses as a result of a pedestrian accident or wrongful death, we urge you to contact a Missouri injury attorney today at 314.409.7060. We will fight to win you the compensation you deserve, while you focus on healing and moving on. Let us help you today; we promise we will not take a fee unless we win your case.

Passenger Van Rollover in Vandalia Kills 5, Injures 6

A group on their way home from a religious event in California has been the victim of the latest local SUV roll over crash. This morning the 15 person passenger van reportedly ran into the median on eastbound highway 70, before crossing traffic and rolling over. It is reported that 11 people were riding inside the 15 person passenger van. A recent string of SUV rollover accidents has sparked a new renewal of warnings over the dangerous nature of the large vans.

The van rollover occurred around 9:45 am, Monday morning, under ideal weather conditions. The crash was approximately 57 miles northeast from St. Louis, at mile marker 57 on highway 70. Officers at the scene report that all 5 of those fatally injured were ejected from the van during the rollover. Initial reports state that the driver of the van may have ‘overcorrected’ the vehicle as result of a possible shifiting load.

Of the six injured survivors, some were airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital, some taken to Greenville Regional Hospital, as well taken to a hospital in Springfield, Illinois. All of the occupants were reported to be men and no women or children were involved.

15 passenger vans have recently come under fire due to several similar one vehicle rollovers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatality rate for drivers of 15 passenger vans is less than other vehicles; however, the non-driving passengers often have a much higher fatality rate than passengers of other vehicles. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that 1090 people died between the years 1997 and 2006 as the result of 15 passenger vans, with 668 of those being from SUV rollover accidents. In addition to the dangerous nature of the 15-person vans, several other popular SUV’s have rated poorly in a recent SUV safety study.

Some useful facts about the dangers 15 person passenger vans are as follows:

  • The center of gravity of a loaded 15-person van may cause the center of gravity to shift rearward and upward. This can increase the incidence of a rollover.
  • When a 15 person van is loaded with between 5-9 occupants, it is twice as likely to become a victim of a rollover, as opposed to being loaded with 5 and under passengers.
  • Speeds of 50 mph and winding roads greatly increase the likelihood of a rollover.
  • Federal law outlaws selling 15 person vans for the transportation of high school kids.

If you chose to transport children in a 15 person passenger van, the following safety precautions should be observed:

  • Ensure the driver of the van is properly trained. Carrying 15 people in van does not require a commercial motor vehicle license, but the training can save lives.
  • Make sure the tires on the vehicle are properly inflated and not worn out. Before taking any 15 person passenger van on a road trip, make sure it is inspected and safe for travel.
  • Try to load the vehicle so the weight is in front of the rear axle and keep loads off the roof.
  • Make sure the driver is well rested. Driver fatigue may result in drifting or other dangerous driving which may lead to ‘overcorrecting’ of the vehicle. This surprise may lead to panic and carry devastating consequences.
  • It is imperative that those carrying sports teams and children pay extra attention and take extra precautions. Loud, rambunctious children can create additional noise and distraction which requires extra attention.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of a SUV rollover, contact a St. Louis rollover lawyer to discuss your legal rights despite where the crash occurred. SUV rollover cases must be investigated immediately to gather all necessary evidence while it exists. The failure to preserve and inspect the vehicle can have devestating consequences on your ability to recover reimbursement for your loss.

Contact and SUV and St. Louis wrongful death lawyer immediately for a free consultation by calling 314-409-7060. Rollover accident lawyer Chris Dixon has successfully recovered over $34,000,000 for injury victims and their families. For his efforts, Chris has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association, among the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, and a Life-Time Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

North St. Louis Employee Electrocuted

A North St. Louis employee of a local manufacturing plant dies of injuries following electrocution. Police report that the employee of St. Louis Cold Drawn, Inc., died of what appears to be an electrocution injury. The worker was discovered next to an electrical box around 4:15 p.m., on May 14, 2013. He was reportedly lying on the ground unconscious when he was discovered. Upon transportation and arrival to the hospital, the victim was pronounced dead.

Electrocution related injuries are devastating. Electrocution related dangers include:

  • Burns: Shocks of high-voltage electricity often leads to internal burns from the intense energy. The energy heats the tissue and can be fatal if it travels throughthe heart or other internal organs.
  • Ventricular Fibrillation: Low voltage energy which reaches the heart or chest can cause fibrillation.  Fibrillation’s are usually lethal because they cause the heart to contract and prevent movement.
  • Neurological Effects: Electrical shock can interfere with the nervous systems and result in loss of consciousness or death.
  • Arc Flash: According to OSHA, a arch flash is a phenomenon where electric current leaves its intended path and jumps through the air from one conductor to another, or to the ground. An Arch flash is a common occurrence at work. Work environments must adhere to electrical safety standards set forth in the NFPA-70E’s – Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Common causes of Arch Flashes included
    • Dropping tools
    • Condensation
    • Dust
    • Material Failure
    • corrosion
    • Improper Installation

Employees dealing with electricity should ensure their employer abides by the proper safety measures set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information and commonly asked questions from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, visit their publication “Controlling Electrical Hazards“.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed from an electrocution injury, contact St. Louis personal injury lawyer Chris Dixon to discuss your legal rights. Electrocution injuries which occur at work may involve a worker’s compensation case, general negligence case, premises liability case, and/or a products liability lawsuit. It is important that the circumstances of the incident are investigated immediately following the incident before evidence is lost or destroyed.

St. Louis electrocution lawyer Chris Dixon has recovered over $34,000,000 in judgments, verdicts, and settlements for injury victims. He is available to discuss your rights by calling 314-409-7060, or Toll-Free at 855-40-2724. There is no cost to discuss your case and we are not paid unless we are successful handling your claim.

The National Trial Lawyers Association has named Chris Dixon a Top 100 Missouri Trial Lawyer and listed him amount the the Top 40 Under 40 in Missouri. He is also a Life-Time Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Call today for a free consultation.

Jefferson County, Missouri Accident Lawyer

In a tragic Tuesday afternoon crash, 74 year-old Mary Howard, of Eureka, was killed. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Angela Snider, 33, from Cedar Hill, was driving on Highway 30 west just before 4:00 p.m. Howard, driving on Rivermont Trail near Scottsdale Road, was struck by Snider’s vehicle. The left front end of both vehicles collided, resulting in minor injuries for Snider and Howard’s eight year-old grandson, Christian Howard. Although she was wearing a seat belt, Mary Howard was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Howard family, as they cope with this unfortunate loss.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Missouri car crash, such as the one detailed above, you may be entitled to compensation. A St. Louis Injury Lawyer can handle your case, no matter what county the accident occurred in, from start to finish.  For a free case evaluation, contact a personal injury attorney today at 314.409.7060, or toll free at 855.40.CRASH. Let us win you the compensation you rightly deserve.