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Motor vehicle accidents: Head-on crash claims a life

The state of Missouri is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States. Its always fun to take a drive and enjoy the country side along the state's scenic roadways. Roads across the state are becoming increasingly crowded, which only leads to more motor vehicle accidents. Most of these accidents are nothing more than minor fender benders. However, some accidents end up being serious and even fatal.

Recently, a wrong-way crash on a major highway claimed the life of a woman and injured two others. The accident happened during the overnight hours along Interstate 55 in St. Louis County. According to reports, the driver of a sedan entered the highway heading the wrong direction and was traveling north in the southbound lanes.

Wrongful death claim may result from recent crash

Whether in Missouri or any other state, car crashes have the potential to disrupt the lives of all involved. No more is this true than when the accident causes the loss of life. A recent two-car crash in Fenton claimed the life of one of the drivers involved, and now his or her surviving family may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim if the other driver is deemed responsible for the collision.

The accident happened on the evening of Saturday, March 30, around 7:30 p.m. Although details about the accident are scant, reports state that a pickup truck was heading east on Gravois Road, and an SUV was turning left onto the road from a side street. The pickup then struck the SUV.

Motor vehicle accidents can leave of path of heartbreak

The state of Missouri has numerous traffic laws in place that are designed to protect the public. Among other things, drivers are required to drive on the right side of the road, drive within speed limits, stop at traffic lights and come to a complete stop before proceeding through a stop sign. Failure to adhere to one or more of these traffic laws often leads to motor vehicle accidents.

Recently, one motorist apparently failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Rather than stopping, this driver appears to have proceeded through the intersection; the result was tragic for all involved. Upon running this stop sign, the driver collided with a motorcycle. The impact caused the motorcycle driver and his wife to both fly off of the motorcycle, causing injury. The driver, a husband and father of four, died as a result of his injuries; his wife suffered serious injury.

Motor vehicle accidents involving Teslas lead to investigation

National safety regulators will be looking at Tesla vehicles and investigating the safety of these specific types of cars after two separate fatal crashes. These two motor vehicles accidents have sparked questions about the company and whether there is widespread issue among the brand's vehicles that could pose the risk for additional motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities. These are popular, expensive vehicles sold in Missouri and across the country. 

One of these accidents occurred after a driver crashed his vehicle into a tree. Investigators believe that the accident was the result of excessive speed. The safety concerns come from the fact that the retractable doors would not work after the crash, and the airbags prevented people from getting the driver out of the burning vehicle. A second accident occurred when a Tesla driver collided with a semitrailer, losing the roof of the vehicle yet still traveling for a quarter of a mile before stopping.

Education key to dealing with collection agency harassment

Debt is a burden that many Missouri residents deal with on a daily basis. While keeping on top of, and eliminating, debt is the ideal, this may not be possible for some individuals. In this case, education is key to ensuring that the individual does not become the victim of collection agency harassment.

Debt collectors do have the right to attempt to collect debts, and they can even sue for payment. However, there are certain guidelines that they must follow. For instance, debt collectors can only call between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. within the debtor's time zone. Additionally, if the individual informs the collector that he or she is not allowed to receive such calls at work, then the collector is prohibited from attempting further calls to the individual's place of employment.

Motor vehicle accidents caused by distraction are increasing

Missouri readers know that cell phones are part of daily life. Most people have them and use them constantly throughout the day -- sometimes even while they are driving, unfortunately. Distracted driving is a serious safety concern, and it is one of the leading causes for motor vehicle accidents. Despite the fact that most people are aware of the danger associated with using their phones and driving, many still choose to do so.

Not only is distracted driving one of the most prevalent safety concerns facing Missouri motorists, it is a growing concern. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, drivers using their phones is one of the fastest growing reasons for fatal motor vehicle accidents in the state. Many drivers believe that they have the ability to use their periods for short periods of time and still drive safely.

Missouri boy's death leads to wrongful death lawsuit

The death of a child can be devastating to any family. Suddenly, the contagious laughter and love that filled the home is replaced by a void that cannot be filled. If the child had been diagnosed with a deadly disease, this loss is still devastating yet expected. However, when this death is the result of a misdiagnosis or other such preventable occurrence, the Missouri parents may decide that pursuing a wrongful death claim is the appropriate course of action.

Last February, concerned parents took their 9-month-old son to the emergency room. Emergency room staff examined the infant, concluded that he was suffering from an everyday virus, and sent the family home. Still concerned about his condition, the family returned to the emergency room three days later, and hospital staff concurred with their previous diagnosis and treatment plan. The family was again sent home

Dental clinic setup may make medical malpractice more likely

Missouri residents likely have expectations for the care and service they will receive when they go to any type of doctor, including the dentist. This is also the case when taking children to the doctor. When doctors violate the trust that parents place in them when caring for children, it can have tragic consequences. Recently, a family filed a lawsuit against Kool Smiles dental clinic alleging medical malpractice and other mistakes that ultimately led to the death of their young son.

This incident is a sad reminder of what can happen when patients do not get the full amount of attention and care they need. In the lawsuit, the family is seeking damages for what they claim are inexcusable errors and instances of medical negligence. They said the dental clinic ignored signs of an issue when their son was undergoing a procedure, then failed to provide him with monitoring as he recovered. 

Motor vehicle accidents: What to do after one has occurred

It can all start with a crash. The Missouri driver is driving along the road and suddenly an accident has occurred. To others, this is just one of the over six million motor vehicle accidents that occur each year in America. Yet, to those involved, it is "the" accident.

The natural thing to do when an accident occurs is to make sure that everyone is alright and to begin to sort out the details. Ensuring everyone's safety is of primary importance. This can be done by turning on hazard lights and making sure that each individual is standing away from the road. Additionally, the police should be notified and a call for emergency personnel should be placed if necessary.

How to stop collection agency harassment

Fear can quickly immobilize the average Missouri resident. It can cause the individual to take actions that may not be prudent upon further review or make decisions that may not be in the individual's best interest. This is one of the primary reasons that many debt collectors utilize fear as one of the many collection agency harassment techniques that they employ.

Once a collection agency takes upon a debt collection task, they will usually attempt to contact the alleged debtor. During this initial contact, the collection agency must notify the individual of the creditor's name, the amount owed and the individual's right to dispute the debt. There is a 30-day window within which the individual can dispute the debt; otherwise, the collection agency will assume that it has a valid claim.

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