Stone County car accident lawyers want you to know about the dangers of
speeding and the lack of driver attention as contributing factors to car
accidents. The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) responded to another
fatal car accident on Sunday afternoon September 18, 2011. This is the
73rd fatal car accident for Troop D, or southwest Missouri, for MSHP this
year. This one was a single car accident which occurred northeast of Galena,
Mo. on Horsecreek Road around 2:30 in the afternoon.
A 1987 Ford F350 ran off of the roadway, overturned, and struck a tree.
The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The specific factors
of this accident have not been made public and it is hard to know exactly
what happened to create this type of car accident. An investigation reveals
the specific facts. But we do know that single car accidents are often
preventable and may involve driver error.
Main Causes of Single Car Accidents in Missouri
A single car accident, especially one involving rollover, often indicates
excessive speed. However, every case is different. Sometimes, other factors
can be involved that increase the likelihood of rollover and impact the
severity of the car accident. A single car accident almost always occurs
because the driver's attention lapsed somehow, sometimes for only
a few seconds.
Common Driver Errors
- Driving too fast for the road, not prepared for curves or other hazards
- Driving too fast for road conditions, unable to slow or break because of
wet roads or other hazards
- Driving too fast at night, unable to see or react to road changes or approaching hazards
- Driving while intoxicated, slow reaction times and poor decision making abilities
- Driving while drowsy, slow reactions or falling asleep while driving
- Distracted driving such as texting, cell phone use, map reading, or other
activity requiring the driver's attention
- Over-correcting when the vehicle drifts or while steering to avoid a hazard
Two of the most common causes of fatal single car accidents are falling
asleep at the wheel or driving while drunk. Distracted driving is a huge
contributor to all car accidents. And in almost all cases excessive speed
was involved and always contributes to the severity of the car accident.