Rolla, MO (October 12, 2022) – A 16-year-old male was left injured following a crash that took place in Phelps County on Tuesday morning. On October 11, emergency crews were called to the scene of a collision on Interstate 44.
According to local news sources, just after 7:45 a.m., a collision between a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck and a 2021 Toyota tundra occurred on the eastbound side of Interstate 44. The incident occurred near mile marker 188 in the Rolla area.
The Dodge was left with moderate damage as a result of the crash. The driver of the Dodge, a 16-year-old male from Rolla, Missouri, was left injured. The teen was transported by Phelps Health Ambulance to Phelps Health Hospital in Rolla, Missouri, where he underwent medical care.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash at this time.
Our thoughts are with the teen who suffered injuries due to this automobile collision.
Car Accidents in Missouri
In Missouri, car accidents are governed by the doctrine of fault. This means that the person who caused the accident is responsible for the damages. There are three main ways to determine who is at fault in a car accident: negligence, strict liability, and comparative fault.
Negligence is the most common way to determine fault in a car accident. In order to prove that the defendant was negligent, you must show that the other driver owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused you damages as a result. For example, all drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. If another driver breaches that duty by speeding or running a red light, and they hit you as a result, they would be considered negligent. Common acts of negligence that are cited as causes of crashes in our state include:
- Running through red lights or passing stop signs
- Failing to yield
- Driving while impaired
- Driving while distracted
Any act of negligence can have serious consequences for people sharing the road. When it comes to pursuing action following a motor vehicle accident in Missouri, it is important to understand that the state follows a comparative fault law when it comes to paying damages to victims.
Comparative fault is used when both parties are at least partially at fault for the accident. In this case, each party’s degree of fault will be determined, and they will be responsible for their own damages accordingly. Unfortunately, insurance companies use this to their advantage. Insurance companies will often try to shift the blame onto innocent victims in order to reduce the amount of compensation they recover. For this reason, it is important that you reach out to a car accident lawyer in Rolla as soon as possible if you have been hurt as a result of the crash.
Our Missouri legal team at Peterson & Associates, P.C. will help to prove your case. We will build the strongest legal claim possible in demand that the defendant pays you full and timely compensation to cover your medical costs, lost wages, and more. Contact our law firm today at 816-888-8888 to get started.
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