Missouri Highway Patrol officers were called to the scene of an automobile accident on the evening of a recent Tuesday. This was just one of the many car accidents nationwide that involved teenage drivers and passengers. The saddest part is that one person’s life was lost, and several suffered injuries of varying severity.

Police say the accident occurred on Highway 179 in Cole County. A 19-year-old driver with four passengers was reportedly southbound on the highway when he drifted across the northbound lanes and left the roadway. The car apparently flipped over and caused three of the passengers to be ejected. One of them, age 21, died at the scene of the accident.

Two passengers, ages 16 and 17 respectively, were transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. Another 17-year-old passenger who was seriously injured was reportedly later airlifted to another medical facility. Police reported that none of the passengers were restrained by seatbelts. It is not known what injuries — if any — were suffered by the driver. There is also no indication whether alcohol consumption may have played a role in this tragic car crash.

When Missouri families lose loved ones who were passengers in vehicles that were involved in car accidents, they may be able to pursue compensation for resulting financial losses. Similarly, injured victims may seek compensation. Evidence of negligence on the part of the driver will have to be established to substantiate wrongful death and/or personal injury claims. In addition to medical and end-of-life expenses, other documented financial losses that are allowed under state law may be awarded.

Source: connectmidmissouri.com, “One dead, three injured in Cole County crash”, Dan Ebner, July 1, 2015