Posted by Sansone / Lauber Trial Lawyers on October 18, 2012SHARE IT
Its not new, running red lights is a major cause of auto accidents and behind drunk driving accidents and texting while driving, probably the biggest contributor to needless injuries on the roadways. One tragic example, a North St. Louis driver and friends Dainosha Scott, 19 and Marion Robinson, 21, were driving through the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Natural Bridge in the North St. Louis area. This was no usual ride down the street as the driver proceeded to speed through the intersection at speeds upwards of 80 miles per hour.
The driver not only clipped one car already in the intersection, but then proceeded to crash into a Metro Call-A-Ride bus which fell over due to the force of the speeding car. While the driver and passenger of the car that was clipped only suffered minor injuries as well as the bus driver, Scott and Robinson were not so fortunate. Both passengers had been sitting in the backseat and were killed during the crash. The reckless driver of the speeding car walked away with only minor injuries and then was released into police custody at the hospital; no charges had been filed at the time of the February 22, 2012 accident.
This entire incident had been caught on the red light camera at the Grand Boulevard/Natural Bridge intersection. The video clearly shows no attempt on the part of the driver to slow down for any of the cars in the intersection which very obviously was the direct cause of this fatal and very graphic accident. Clearly a strong basis for a civil wrongful death lawsuit.
Unfortunately, there have been no reports of any formal charges being filed against the driver of the speeding vehicle. However, this does not mean that this individual is not culpable for their actions that led to the wrongful deaths of two young people who were merely helpless passengers in this tragic unfoldment. The passengers, Scott and Robinson, put their full trust in the driver when they entered the vehicle that afternoon. It would seem that the driver of this vehicle breached their duty of care to the passengers in the backseat of the car when he/she chose to drive over the speed limit and endanger the lives of so many other drivers.
Per the Missouri State Highway Patrol Statistical Analysis Center, in 2010, there were 12,220 people injured in 8,342 personal injury accidents involving a speeding vehicle. The next statistic that I would like to share are the 2010 fatalities in speeding vehicle accidents. In 2010, there were 301 fatal crashes in Missouri which killed a total of 323 people. That means that in each accident, there was either at least one passenger in the vehicle or that an innocent bystander lost their life due to a speeding vehicle. These numbers are astonishing and they are from two years ago. The drivers that choose to speed are not only doing themselves a disservice by putting themselves in harm’s way, but are knowgingly breaching the duty of care that they owe to each passenger in their car as well as other drivers on the road. These drivers must be held accountable in some manner whether it be through the criminal courts, civil litigation or a combination of both.
If you or someone you know has a loved one who has been seriously or fatally injured in any kind of accident due to the negligence of another party, you do have options to receive compensation for this loss. For information on how to protect your rights in a situation of negligence or wrongful death, please call one of the St. Louis accident/wrongful death attorneys at 1-314-863-0500 today.
Si tu o alguien que conoces tiene un querido que se perdio su vida o se fue herido en un accidente por negligencia de otra persona que esta culpable, tienes opciones para recibir compensacion por esta perdida. Por informacion en protejer tus derechos en un situacion de negligencia o muerto por negligencia, por favor llama uno de nuestros abogados en St. Louis que especializa en accidentes y muertos por negligencia. Nuestro numero es 1-314-863-0500. Llamanos hoy para proteger sus derechos.
Article by staff author Carrie Cuadra.