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Joplin, MO – Tanya Smith & Two Others Injured in Auto Wreck on MO-43

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Joplin, MO (November 13, 2022) – A traffic accident took place in Newton County that left three people injured, according to local law enforcement. The crash was reported just before 3:30 p.m. on November 12.

According to reports provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro and a 2014 Honda CRV were both stopped at a red light on Missouri State Route 43 just one-quarter mile south of Joplin, Missouri. For reasons unknown, a 2008 Toyota Prius crashed into the rear of the Chevrolet. The impact of the crash caused the Chevrolet to strike the Honda.

40 people suffered injuries due to the crash. The victims were identified as 49-year-old Tonya Smith of Joplin, Missouri, 48-year-old Michelle Casey of Quapaw, Oklahoma, and 24-year-old Alexi Hailey of Joplin, Missouri. Smith and Haley were both transported to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, where they were treated for their injuries. Casey was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, for medical care.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

We hope Michelle Casey, Tanya Smith, and Alexi Hailey recover quickly following this accident.

Car Accidents in Missouri

Joplin, MO – Tanya Smith & Two Others Injured in Auto Wreck on MO-43Motor vehicle wrecks often have an overwhelming impact on the lives of those involved. This is particularly true when people suffer from severe injuries as a result of their crashes. Unfortunately, there are many cases where people are rear-ended by other vehicles while traveling. There are several reasons why rear-end crashes take place. Some of the leading factors in these collisions include:

  • Distracted driving: This is perhaps the most common cause of rear-end crashes, as people are increasingly distracted by their phones, GPS devices, and other people in the vehicle.
  • Following too closely: When drivers tailgate other vehicles on the road, it can result in a serious rear-end crash if they have to brake suddenly.
  • Speeding: Speed is a factor in many crashes, and rear-end collisions are no exception.
  • Poor road conditions: Ice, snow, and rain can all make it more difficult to stop your car, increasing the chances of a rear-end collision.

If you suffered injuries in an auto wreck that was caused by a negligent or reckless motorist, it is crucial that you reach out to a Joplin car accident lawyer right away. Following your accident, there may be legal options available to help you get the money that you can use to cover your medical costs in various other damages that you face.

Our team at Peterson & Associates, P.C. can help guide you through the legal process. We will advocate on your behalf insight to protect your legal rights and best interests. Contact our personal injury lawyers today at 816-888-8888 to schedule a free consultation at your earliest convenience.

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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.