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August 2011 Archives

Two-vehicle crash causes serious injury to Columbia student

Distracted driving is the cause of many accidents in Columbia. When two vehicles are involved, it is not always immediately clear whether one or both drivers are at fault. When an accident leaves a passenger seriously injured, the first concern is for the victim.

Man injured by tractor-trailer at railroad crossing

When approaching a railroad track, most drivers simply proceed forward if the crossing gates are not down or the lights are not flashing. Because of their size, large vehicles, like school buses or tractor-trailers, generally stop before crossing to ensure that a train is not approaching from further down the tracks, prior to the point when the gates and/or lights are activated. It is important for large vehicles to take this precaution in order to avoid a railroad crossing accident.

Dump truck accident causes life-threatening injuries

The cause of a motor-vehicle accident is not always immediately clear. There are hundreds of truck accidents every year on highways in and around Columbia, many resulting in life-threatening injuries or fatalities. Often times, negligence on the part of a driver involved in the crash, or equipment failure, offers an explanation as to what may have happened. Road conditions, faulty maintenance, and driver fatigue are just a few of the other factors that can contribute to the cause of an accident. A full investigation is generally necessary to best understand what events transpired and, when appropriate, assign responsibility.

Alleged drunk driver flips car over in Columbia

Accidents that result from the poor decisions of another road user can cost lives, both here in Columbia and throughout the country. The consequences of an error in judgment like this can be life-changing, not only for the driver making the mistake, but for anyone injured as a result of it. Drunk driving is a prime example. People injured by the negligence of a drunk driver are often entitled to be compensated for their injuries and their pain and suffering.

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