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Distracted driving may have caused Missouri car accident

An accident can, quite literally, occur at any time or any place on the roadway. Distracted driving or a moment of inattentiveness can have devastating consequences for Missouri drivers and passengers. One recent car accident between a car and a tractor-trailer may have been caused by driver inattentiveness or distraction.

The accident occurred just after noon on a Saturday in mid-March. A 30-year-old woman was driving a sedan when hit she a tractor-trailer traveling in front of her. Initial reports indicate she may not have even hit the brakes at all as the truck was preparing to make a turn. Victims involved in the collision needed to be extricated from the vehicle.

The driver of the sedan was transported to the hospital for unspecified injuries, and she was later released. The driver of the tractor-trailer was a 35-year-old man, and he was carrying a passenger. They were wearing seat belts and were not injured. However, the passenger in the car, a 24-year-old man, died as a result of the car accident.

Police ruled out speed as a factor and ran toxicology test and breathalyzer tests but have stated that distracted driving may be to blame for the car accident. When distracted driving is determined to be the cause of a deadly car accident, the family of a deceased victim may be able to pursue wrongful death compensation in a Missouri civil court. If successful, the family members of a victim may be awarded damages that could help them contend with lost wages, medical bills and funeral costs.

Source: connectmidmissouri.com, "Names released in fatal Columbia accident", Dan Ebner, March 21, 2015

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