It seems that not a week goes by where there is not another report of a fatal accident on Missouri roadways. Although a car accident that has fatal consequences may have been caused by a variety of reasons, one of the most common is when a vehicle crosses into the oncoming lane of travel, which often results in two vehicles colliding head-on. Another such accident recently occurred in Troy, killing one man and sending two others to the hospital.
Police say that the accident occurred just before 10 a.m. in early October. A 52-year-old-man is apparently crossed the center line and hit another vehicle. A pick-up truck then rear-ended the vehicle that was struck.
The man who was said to have caused the accident was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The occupants of the other car, identified as being a 59-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman, suffered serious and moderate injuries. Their updated medical condition was not immediately known.
Preliminary reports indicate that the man who died also caused the collision by crossing into oncoming traffic. The serious injured victims in the car that was hit may elect to pursue personal injury claims against the estate of the deceased driver. Under Missouri law, they will need to prove that the man negligently caused the car accident which resulted in their injuries. If they are able to establish that he did so, his estate would then be liable to them for damages incurred as a result of his negligent actions.
Source: Lee Enterprises, "Troy, Mo. man dies in three-vehicle accident in Troy," Oct. 6, 2012