Blog Posts in September, 2012

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Two men charged with child endangerment following Columbia rollover accident

Two Columbia men have been charged with first-degree child endangerment following a rollover crash on September 18. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, three people were injured in the accident, ...
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Texting teens may be influenced by their parents' driving habits

Car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in southeastern Missouri and throughout the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). What's more, ...
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EMS worker killed in ambulance/semi crash: Driver charged

An emergency medical technician has been formally charged in connection with a fatal North Carolina crash that killed his coworker. The Charlotte Observer reports that Jonathan Cory Brown has been ...
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Rental car companies agree to refrain from selling, renting recalled vehicles prior to repair

Recently, the auto rental industry formally agreed to refrain from selling or renting recalled vehicles to consumers before they have been repaired. USA Today reports that two senators - Charles ...
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Watch out for farming vehicles on Missouri roads during harvest season

On September 17, a Pennsylvania man died and three others were injured in a serious crash involving four vehicles, including a farm tractor. According to the Reading Eagle, 33 year-old John Strunk was ...
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U.S. Supreme Court to hear Missouri appeal concerning blood tests, warrants & suspected drunk drivers

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a Missouri case concerning whether or not police officers need to get a warrant to obtain a blood sample from suspected drunk drivers. The case involves a ...
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Marine pleads not guilty to manslaughter charges in crash that killed his sister, her boyfriend

A U.S. Marine has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in connection with a drunk driving crash that killed his sister and her boyfriend. The Morning Sentinel reports that 23 year-old Travis Lawler ...
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Korean War vet, 80, killed in NYC car-pedestrian crash

An 80 year-old Korean War veteran was killed after he was struck by a car on New York's Upper Eastside, and his wife reportedly survived because he pushed her out of harm's way. According to the New ...
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MoDOT worker killed while assisting with early morning crash on I-70

This morning, a Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) worker was killed as he helped redirect traffic following an earlier crash on Interstate 70 in Independence. According to KCTV 5, the ...
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Cape Girardeau PD announces plans to escalate enforcement of underage drinking offenses

This week, the Cape Girardeau Police Department announced plans to step up enforcement of underage alcohol offenses. According to the Southeast Missourian, four agencies will collaborate to support ...
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Truck driver appeared "unaware" of train in fatal Amtrak - semi crash

A federal investigation into a deadly Nevada crash involving a semi-truck and an Amtrak train has revealed that the truck driver "seemed unaware of the approaching passenger train" when he drove into ...
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Are American workplaces becoming safer for employees?

In recent years, safety conditions have improved dramatically in American workplaces, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual report on workplace deaths ...
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SEMO student dies of injuries caused by car - motor scooter collision

On Thursday, a Southeast Missouri State University student died as a result of injuries caused by a car-scooter collision on September 9. The Southeast Missourian reports that 21 year-old Meg Herndon ...
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Missouri court: Family of deceased drunk driver can sue employer for letting him drive

The family of a deceased Jackson County man can sue his employer for allowing him to drive while drunk, the Missouri Court of Appeals decided Thursday. "A jury will be better equipped than we are to ...
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11 month-old killed, two adults killed in backover accident outside North KC church

On Sunday morning, an 11 month old baby was killed and two adults were injured when they were struck by a car as they left First Baptist Church in North Kansas City. KCTV 5 reports that Autumn ...
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"LOL" Facebook post about drunk driving crash lands KY teen behind bars

A Kentucky teen was sentenced to 48 hours in jail after causing a crash while driving drunk and posting an "LOL" comment about the accident on Facebook. A judge in Woodford County imposed the sentence ...
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ATV passenger killed in Illinois accident; Driver arrested for DUI

Early this morning, an Illinois woman was killed in an ATV accident near Siloam Springs State Park in Quincy. According to the Quincy Herald-Whig, 25 year-old Sara Birsic was pronounced dead at ...
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Drunk driver convicted of murder could receive a life sentence

An Alabama man has been convicted of murder in connection with a fatal 2010 drunk driving crash. The Gulf Coast Daily News reports that 30 year-old Mark Howard was found guilty after a Baldwin County ...
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Poplar Bluff bus driver pulled over, arrested while transporting varsity soccer team

On Friday, a Butler County school bus driver was arrested on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop that happened as he transported the Poplar Bluff varsity soccer team to an Illinois game. ...
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Dash-cam video: State trooper survives after being struck by semi

The Maryland State Police recently released a video of a trooper being struck by a semi-truck as he conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown. The video, recorded by the dash cam in ...
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Kansas City boy accidentally struck and killed in family driveway

On Monday, a Kansas City boy was killed when his father accidently backed over him in their family's driveway. According to the Kansas City Star, two year-old Benjamin K. Thompson died at around 8:00 ...
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City council member accused of fraud in South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit

A recent wrongful death lawsuit filed in South Carolina alleges that a city council member committed fraud to disguise his involvement in a fatal crash. According to the Anderson Independent Mail, ...
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OSHA Programs aim to reduce work injuries in Missouri and elsewhere

In 2010, over three million American workers were injured and 4,690 were killed on the job, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As workers' compensation lawyers, we know these incidents can be ...
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Man, pregnant wife & two children injured in Illinois car/train collision

A 20 year-old Illinois man is facing charges in connection with a collision between a car and a Metra train on Saturday night. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Pedro Bustamante has been cited for ...
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California jury: Doctor not liable for accident caused by his dementia patient

An Orange County jury has ruled that a doctor is not liable for a fatal car crash caused by his elderly patient, the Los Angeles Times reports. The lawsuit against Dr. Arthur Daigneault was connected ...
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