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Springfield, MO – Heather Gooch Loses Life in Crash on MO-413

Categorized as Wrongful Death

Springfield, MO (October 24, 2021) – A crash reported outside of Springfield in Greene County claimed the life of 33-year-old Heather Gooch on Friday evening, October 22.

At around 9:55 p.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol was requested on-site at a crash on Missouri Highway 413.

Reports from authorities show that a 2009 Nissan Xterra and a 2013 Kia Optima became involved in a collision on Missouri State Highway 413 just two miles west of Springfield.

The impact of the crash left both vehicles totaled, requiring them to be towed from the scene.

The driver of the Nissan, 27-year-old Austin Roffers, was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for care.

The driver of the Kia, 33-year-old Heather Gooch, was transported to Mercy Hospital where she passed away from her injuries.

At this time, the MSHP is investigating the crash.

Our thoughts are with Austin Roffers at this time. We hope for his full recovery.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Heather Gooch. Our thoughts are with them at this time.

Fatal Car Accidents in Springfield, Missouri

Every year, over 1,000 people lose their lives in car accidents across the state of Missouri. Losing a loved one is challenging to deal with under any circumstance. Knowing that your loved one lost their life as a result of another person’s actions just makes the situation even more upsetting. In some cases, surviving relatives can reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Springfield to see what legal options are available to them. You may be entitled to compensation to help cover the financial burdens your family faces moving forward after losing a loved one in an unexpected accident.

Knowing your loved one lost their life, in itself, is challenging to deal with. Learning that they died as a result of another driver’s negligence just makes the loss even more tragic and difficult to accept. Although it can seem like there is nothing that can make us feel whole again after enduring the tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one, it can help to have financial resources available to cover the costs of funeral expenses, deal with the impacts of lost wages, and more.

Springfield Wrongful Death Lawyers

At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we take an aggressive approach to helping our clients get justice after losing loved ones in accidents. Our Springfield car accident attorneys strive to help the families of accident victims get the justice and compensation they deserve after being harmed in preventable accidents. We understand the mental and emotional challenges families face after losing loved ones in accidents. The financial impacts only make recovering more difficult. With thousands of successful claims, we have helped our clients obtain a total of $500 million in claims. Our lawyers dedicate great time and efforts to helping victims maximize their recoveries and we have a track record to prove it. We will stop at nothing to ensure your legal rights are protected after being harmed. Contact our Missouri accident lawyers to see how our team can help you.

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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.