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Carthage, MO - Terry Abernathy Killed in Crash on CR-80

Jan 8, 2021

Carthage, MO (January 08, 2021) - A car accident in Jasper County on Thursday, January 7th resulted in the death of one person and caused serious injuries to another.

The crash took place at about 6:00 p.m. on County Road 80, 5 miles east of Carthage.

The victim, who has since been identified as 55-year-old Terry Abernathy, a resident of Carthage, was killed on County Road 80 when the 2006 Chevrolet HHR in which he was riding collided with a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pick-up truck that was parked in the roadway.

Abernathy was transported via ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Carthage. He was pronounced dead a short while later.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 78-year-old James Robinson, also a resident of Carthage, was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin with injuries classified as serious.

According to police reports, the Dodge that was parked in the middle of the road was unoccupied at the time of the accident.

We would like to offer our condolences to the family of the deceased. 

Car Accidents in Carthage


After being in a car accident, one of the main concerns on everyone’s mind is which driver was at fault, legally referred to as liability.

Liability hinges on the duty that drivers owe to other people on the road. Missouri law states that the drivers of motor vehicles owe one another, their passengers, and other persons on or near the roadway, a legal obligation to demonstrate the highest standard of care. In this respect, Missouri is unique as almost every other state only requires drivers to demonstrate a level of care comparable to what a reasonable driver would have shown in a similar or identical situation. This is commonly known as the “reasonable person standard.”

So, after a Missouri car accident, the prudent question is really which driver neglected to demonstrate the highest standard of care? In the end, the trier of fact could conclude that neither driver was at fault, one driver was at fault, or both drivers were at fault, in which case Missouri law permits liability to be apportioned among the drivers by calculating percentages of liability.

Victims involved in accidents are often forced out of work for several weeks at a time, going without the monetary support they need to pay their bills and take care of their families. To make the struggle even worse, towering medical bills start rolling in immediately. When victims are harmed in accidents as a result of other motorists, our state allows them to file legal claims against wrongdoers to recover compensation for the financial burdens they endure. Victims can benefit immensely by consulting with a car accident attorney in Missouri who is well-versed in personal injury laws in our state.

The Kansas City personal injury attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C. strive to help victims protect their legal rights after being harmed in collisions caused by reckless, negligent, and careless drivers. Our team works to educate victims on their legal rights and help guide them toward getting the maximum amount of compensation available for medical costs, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and more. If you have been injured in an accident as a result of another person’s actions, it is crucial that you reach out to our team as soon as possible to explore legal options available to you. We at Peterson Law Firm are committed to helping our clients recover in the best way imaginable from their accidents. Contact our personal injury attorneys in Missouri at (816) 298-8708 to meet with our team of knowledgeable attorneys at your earliest convenience to see how we can help you recover from your accident and move forward.

Note: Our team of writers utilized secondary sources in the creation of this accident post. For that reason, the specifics regarding this accident have not been independently fact-checked and verified by our writing staff. If you locate any information that is not accurate, please notify us immediately so that we can update the post to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed from our site, please let us know and we will do our best to remove it completely.

Disclaimer: As a well-respected member of the Kansas City, Missouri business community, Peterson & Associates, P.C. is always looking to increase the safety of and bring overall safety for all Missouri residents. We hope that by bringing awareness to the dangers associated with driving that people will exercise additional caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being injured in a serious crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. This post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

Categories: Auto Accidents

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