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Car accidents: Driver loses control, injures self and 3 children

The Missouri State Highway Patrol officers are typically very busy over the holidays. With increased volumes of traffic, car accidents are prevalent, and many injured victims end up in hospitals. One of the crashes that occurred in Boone County on the afternoon of Christmas Day sent four people to a hospital. Three of the victims were minors.

An accident report indicates that a 31-year-old driver of an SUV was eastbound on Interstate 70 with three children in the vehicle. For reasons yet to be determined, the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, and it overturned after traveling off the road. As the SUV rolled over, it ejected two occupants.

Authorities say the driver and a 10-year-old child suffered serious injuries and paramedics rushed them to the University of Missouri Hospital. The other two passengers -- one 11-year-old and one 12-year-old -- were also taken to that medical facility. Their injuries were not as severe and reported to be moderate. Officers say safety belts did not restrain the two critically injured victims. The relationship between the children and the driver is not known.

Parents of children who suffer injuries in car accidents while they travel with others naturally go through stressful times, especially if those injuries are serious. Along with the stress, they will have to face unanticipated medical expenses. They can pursue financial relief through the Missouri judicial system by filing personal injury claims in a civil court. The skills of an experienced personal injury attorney may be helpful to establish negligence and navigate the legalities of such a claim.

Source: ozarksfirst.com, "Two Injured, Two Ejected in Boone County I-70 Rollover Crash", (Andrew J. Mitchell, Jr, Dec. 25, 2016

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