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Category Archive: Head Injuries

  1. Missouri’s Motorcycle Helmet Law May Become National Standard

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    CNN reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been pushing recently for all states to adopt helmet laws for motorcycle riders. According to the NTSB, 20 states have laws that require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Missouri requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Illinois is one of only a few states that does not have any motorcycle helmet law.

    According to the NTSB, there has been a rise in fatalities from motorcycle accidents. The number of deaths from motorcycle wrecks more than doubled from 1997 through 2008. The NTSB found that 650 people are killed in motorcycle accidents every week on our nation’s highways.

    Motorcycle accidents are all too common in the St. Louis area. Just this past August, KMOV News in St. Louis reported two serious motorcycle accidents within 40 minutes of each other. One accident took place in St. Louis and the other in St. Charles. In the St. Louis motorcycle crash, the driver was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle. In the St. Charles wreck, the driver was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle.

    As any motorcycle accident attorney knows, accidents involving motorcycles can lead to serious injuries and death. Motorcycle riders and their passengers often suffer complicated arm and leg fractures. Head injuries are also common in motorcycle collisions. According to the Department of Transportation, head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.

    While the NTSB statistics mention death from head injury in motorcycle crashes, traumatic brain injury can also result in serious disability. The victims of this type of injury may end up with permanent cognitive deficits and physical impairments. An injury lawyer representing someone with this type of injury may need the assistance of specialized medical experts to determine the extent of cognitive impairment.

    Motorcycle Helmets on NTSB’s Most Wanted List, CNN.com, November 16, 2010

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  2. Bonne Terre Man Dies From Head Injuries in St. Louis Automobile Accident

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    A Bonne Terre, Missouri man dies from head injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Highway 55 in St. Louis, Missouri in March, 2010. The man struck a concrete median with his pickup truck on southbound Interstate 55 in St. Louis. The accident victim lost consciousness the next day and later died of head trauma. As a St. Louis car accident attorney, I was interested in the investigation into the cause of this accident.

    Since the accident, the victim’s family has been trying to determine what other vehicles may have been involved in the collision. The St. Louis police found pieces of blue plastic around the accident site they believe may belong to another vehicle involved in the crash. In addition, a woman who had stopped to assist the victim told the police that an unidentified witness at the accident scene stated that a van ran the victim’s car off of the road. The victim’s family has done considerable work trying to determine the identity of other vehicle involved in the accident. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that, after four months, the police investigation has reached an impasse.

    Many accidents involve hit and run vehicles or vehicles negligently operated by unknown persons. Sometimes these cases are referred to as “phantom driver” situations since the vehicle and driver whose actions contributed to cause the accident are unidentified. Missouri law allows for the victims of an accident with a phantom driver to make claims for bodily injury or wrongful death against uninsured motorist coverage. Automobile insurance policies generally define an uninsured motor vehicle operator to include phantom driver situations.

    When an injury or death case becomes an uninsured motor vehicle case, it is necessary for the personal injury lawyer representing the injured party or their family to investigate all insurance policies that might apply to the accident. Many times, uninsured motorist coverage on an insurance policy can be combined or stacked with uninsured motorist coverage on other insurance policies to expand the available pool of insurance benefits.

    Children Seek Witness to Crash that Killed Their Father, stltoday.com, July 16, 2010

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