Springfield, MO (December 5, 2022) – A traffic accident took place in the Springfield area that claimed the life of 57-year-old Rita Deckard of Marshfield, Missouri. At around 3 p.m., on December 3, officers with the Springfield Police Department responded to a crash on South Glenstone Avenue.
According to authorities, Deckard was driving a red 2009 Toyota Psion XB South on South Glenstone Avenue. As her vehicle entered the Interstate 44 ramp, a red 2022 tesla model three struck her vehicle. Both cars exited the intersection as a result of the collision.
Deckard suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver and passenger in the Tesla were also transported to area hospitals with moderate injuries.
Police officers remained at the scene for an extended period while investigating. Investigations are currently ongoing.
We hope the two people hurt in this crash recover quickly.
Our condolences are with the family of Rita Deckard at this time.
Fatal Car Accidents in Missouri
According to Missouri crash data, there are several leading causes of fatal car crashes in the state. Speed, alcohol use, and failure to wear a seat belt are among the most common contributing factors.
Speeding remains a problem on Missouri roads despite significant public education and enforcement efforts. When drivers are speeding, they are less likely to be able to control their vehicles while traveling around curves in the road and in inclement weather conditions. They may also struggle to maintain control of their vehicles while approaching congested areas in the road.
Alcohol use is another contributing factor that we see in many fatal accidents in our state. Divers who are impaired often struggle to make sound decisions. Impairment can prevent drivers from being able to stop in time to avoid a collision.
Finally, drivers who fail to use their seatbelts while traveling along our roadways are more likely to suffer severe and fatal injuries and accidents. Although it is important and it is also a state law that drivers are using their seatbelts at all times, we continue to see innocent people lose their lives as a result of being ejected from vehicles due to not having their seatbelts properly secured.
If your loved one has died as a result of the fatal accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation from the driver who caused the crash. A wrongful death lawyer in Springfield can help you pursue legal action.
If you have suffered injuries due to a car crash, call Peterson & Associates, P.C. today for a free consultation. Our personal injury lawyers have helped our clients recover more than $500 million for their lawsuits and we can help you too. Call us now at 816-888-8888 to get started on your case.
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