While it may sometimes be impossible to prevent an automobile accident, accidents caused by drunk drivers are always preventable. Nevertheless, thousands of people in Missouri and other states lose their lives in drunk driving car accidents every year. The trauma and pain, along with financial implications of such a loss, can be devastating for the surviving family members.
In one of the many fatal car accidents that have been reported during the holidays in Missouri, a 41-year-old woman lost her life. Despite campaigns to warn motorists about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol, many drivers choose to take to the roads while they are impaired. Devastating car accidents may result. In some cases, authorities have found that drivers impaired by alcohol were also suspected of drug use.
Missouri residents may share the concern of many about the number of accidents that involve wrong-way drivers. A particular section of I-44 seems to present the biggest problem. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reported that five of the 25 wrong-way accidents that occurred on I-44 during the past eight years were fatal. Disabling injuries were suffered in four others, and although people may associate wrong-way car accidents with drunk drivers, only three of the 25 crashes were positively connected to drugs or alcohol impairment.
For a Missouri family to lose a child as the result of a vehicle accident could cause long-lasting trauma. When a child is killed, it is usually much more difficult to accept than that of an aged person. High costs of medical care or funeral and burial costs often cause financial difficulties that often escalate the trauma. A 9-year-old boy was tragically killed in one of the car accidents that occurred just before Thanksgiving in 2012.
Missouri interstates and highways can be a challenge to navigate under the best of circumstances. Accidents and road construction can add to the congestion and need to drive cautiously. In the event of an accident or road construction, caution should also be used in watching out for individuals working in the vicinity. Car accidents in these areas can prove deadly for the worker.