An increasing number of vehicles are taking to the road throughout the
entire nation. The same can be said for Missouri. While vehicles are important
to get us to and from work, take kids to school, and run errands, there
are times when the high volume can cause significant congestion, which
increases the risk of collisions. When traffic congestion and driver negligence
are combined, the consequences can be disastrous.
The Impact of Auto Collisions in Missouri
Just how often do car collisions occur in Missouri? How large is the risk?
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Statistical Analysis Center, in 2014, there were 766 vehicle collision fatalities in Missouri. The
following year, this number went up, as there were a total of 870 fatalities
resulting from vehicle collisions. To date this year, there have been
507 reported vehicle fatalities, which puts it 14 more than this time
last year. While the death numbers are serious, in 2014, there were 47,977
people injured as a result of a vehicle collision in Missouri. The number
of people harmed due to auto collisions leaves cause for concern for all
those who travel the road.
Common Causes of Vehicle Collisions
The Missouri State Highway Patrol keeps extensive records regarding crash
rates, crash severity, and the circumstances that lead to crashes most often. In 2014, records show that 22,474 crashes involved speeding, while another
5,976 involved alcohol. The average age of the driver was relatively split
with 42,747 crashes involving an older driver and 32,763 crashes involving
younger drivers. The records also show other types of vehicles that have
been involved in collisions, with 12,082 commercial vehicle crashes and
2,253 motorcycle collisions.
For speeding and alcohol related crashes, the numbers decreased from a
decade ago. Similarly, collisions involving younger drivers have gone
down, but those involving older drivers have been consistently high. Commercial
vehicle crashes have also decreased, but motorcycle collisions have increased
with the growing popularity of these types of vehicles.
Types of Injuries Involved
Auto collisions can often be very serious, especially when the liable driver
is intoxicated or driving recklessly, such as speeding or running red
lights. This can cause the passengers to sustain serious injuries including
contusions, internal organ damage, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain
injuries, amputations, lacerations, and more. Broken glass, exploding
airbags, extreme forces, and other factors can mean that these types of
crashes often result in multiple injuries to drivers and passengers.
At Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., our
Springfield car accident attorneys understand how dangerous it can be just to travel on the road. While we
never anticipate something serious to happen, things can and, unfortunately,
do happen. This is the case with auto collisions. They are sudden and
can often have a life-altering impact on all those involved. When an accident
is caused by negligence, there are legal options that a victim can take
to hold the liable party accountable for their actions.
You can seek compensation for the damages you have sustained when a car
crash is caused by a reckless or negligent act such as drinking and driving,
driving fatigued, speeding, driving distracted, and more. Let our team
help you navigate the complex legal matters, using four decades of experience
to help you reach the outcome you desire.
Call us today and learn how our firm can guide you towards the justice you deserve.