Caruthersville, MO (April 19, 2022) – One person has lost their life following a traffic-related incident in Pemiscot County. At around 8:55 a.m., on April 18, emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of an auto accident on Interstate 155.
Reports provided by authorities show that a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and a 2015 Nissan Sentra became involved in a head-on collision on Interstate 155 just one mile south of Caruthersville.
The incident left both vehicles totaled, requiring them to be towed from the scene. Police and firefighters closed off a portion of the road as they worked to clear the scene.
EMS transported 30-year-old Courtney Lemons and 31-year-old Derek Waddell to West Tennessee Healthcare in Dyersburg, Tennessee for care. Authorities confirm that Waddell passed away from his injuries after arriving.
At this time, the circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.
Our thoughts are with Courtney Lemons at this time. We hope for her full recovery.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Derek Waddell. Our thoughts are with them at this time.
Fatal Car Accidents in Missouri
Every year, more than 1,000 people lose their lives in auto accidents across the state of Missouri. Many accidents are a result of driver errors. When drivers engage in reckless actions while operating their vehicles, they place the lives of others sharing the road at serious risk.
In fact, some of the leading causes of fatal collisions in our state include:
- Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drivers who speed, run red lights, or engage in other reckless driving behaviors
- Drivers who are distracted by cell phones, objects, or other people
If your loved one has lost their life in an accident due to another person’s negligence, you may have legal options to help your family get justice. By seeking the guidance of our Caruthersville wrongful death lawyers at your earliest convenience, we can discuss the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s accident and the steps you can take to secure financial compensation from negligent drivers.
Willard Wrongful Death Lawyers
Our Caruthersville car accident attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C. strive to help our clients move forward after being impacted by another motorist’s negligent actions. When families lose loved ones, we are committed to helping them collect full and fair compensation to help alleviate some of the stress they face moving forward.
Our team will not only fight to ensure your legal rights are protected, but we will advocate for protecting your best interests throughout the entire legal process.
If you have lost a loved one due to a car accident and you would like to explore legal options available to you, contact our Missouri personal injury attorneys at (816) 888-8888 as soon as possible to schedule a free case evaluation to see how we can help you.
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