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Bois D'Arc, Missouri Train Accident is a Reminder about the Dangers of Train Crossings

November 22, 2011

Train accidents can be a shock. For the most part, they are relatively rare, but when they do occur they are generally catastrophic, causing significant property damage and quite often death. Most train accidents are the result of auto drivers or pedestrians entering a crossing or the tracks after ignoring warning signs or devices, failing to yield to the train. Whether people intentionally ignore a crossing gate and think they can beat the train or whether they simply did not hear an approaching train, the results are the same. A recent train accident near Bois D'Arc, Missouri is an example of what can happen in a situation where someone does not yield to an oncoming train.

375093_bnsf_locomotive.jpgBois D'Arc Train Accident
A woman died in a train accident south of Ash Grove on the morning of November 16, 2011. Traveling southbound on Farm Road 47, about 1 mile west of Bois D'Arc city limits, the woman was driving over the tracks when her car was hit by a passing train. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, she failed to yield at the crossing. She was 68 and lived in the area. The crossing at this intersection has a railroad crossing sign but no lights, bells or crossing arm.

It is also important to note that this is the first accident at this crossing, going back in the records to 2006, the oldest year available in the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) data base.

Railroad Crossings in Greene County Missouri

There are 228,000 railroad crossings on private and public roads in the United Sates. The following information is derived from the FRA data base about public crossings in Greene County.

  • 127 railroad crossings in Greene County Missouri

  • 15 total rail crossing accidents between 2006 and mid 2010

  • 2 people died and 8 were injured

  • 8 of the accidents involved an automobile hitting a train

  • 5 accidents involved the train hitting a car or truck, representing 1 of the fatalities

  • 2 train accidents involved pedestrians, representing the second fatality

  • 8 of the train accidents were in Springfield, Missouri

  • 1 crossing had more than one train accident (Springfield on the Chestnut Expressway)

Both crossings with fatal accidents had gates and they were operational at the time
According to the FRA, approximately 21 trains pass through the crossing at Farm Road 47 each day. They travel at a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour.

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Catastrophic Injury Reveiwed After a Fatal Traffic Accident Near Gainesville

September 10, 2011

A catastrophic death and catastrophic injuries occurred Saturday evening August 21 about 15 miles east of Gainesville, Missouri. The Ozark County accident lawyers review the facts as reported by the news and highway patrol Trucks_Assorted_2209 (10).JPG. The couple was traveling southbound on Missouri Route PP when a pickup bed trailer came loose from a pickup traveling northbound and struck the couple's Jeep head-on. The driver was killed and his wife, the passenger of the southbound vehicle, was flown to St. John's in Springfield with serious injuries.

Ozark County Missouri Accident Lawyers Explain Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injury law is Tort Law. This means a civil lawsuit may be filed to recover monies in a lump sum monetary settlement or in partial payments in an on-going compensation. The victim of a catastrophic injury must prove that the defendant was indeed liable, was the responsible party and that the defendant was negligent or acted with willful disregard.

Catastrophic injuries are usually injuries which are devastating in nature and quite often are permanent, though some catastrophic injuries are followed by recovery. These injuries can range from neurological damage to severe damage to the muscular or skeletal systems. The common thread is that these injuries have a major impact on the victim's life and on the lives of the victim's loved ones. The victim of a catastrophic injury maybe permanently disabled, subject to extreme long-term suffering, or even a shortened life span.

Most catastrophic injuries often occur from a very sudden incident or accident, such as the traffic accident on Saturday or an industrial accident, or can occur as the result of some type of toxic or hazardous materials exposure. Catastrophic injuries are not always immediate, as with an exposure the injury may take years to develop.

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Consumer Advisory Urges Motorists to Check Tires to Help Prevent Car Accident in Springfield, Stockton, Bolivar Missouri and Elsewhere

A recently released consumer advisory, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, urges that all motorists take a look at their tires for signs of tread wear or damage and to make sure they're properly inflated. Just by simply checking the condition of your tires and making sure they are up to par, you can greatly reduce your risk of a serious car accident in Fair Grove or elsewhere in Missouri.
This consumer advisory comes as heat of the summer months begins to take a serious toll on our tires. Driving with poorly maintained tires in the summer heat can have serious consequences. In an additional effort to raise awareness about this safety precaution, the DOT is launching its National Tire Safety Week to kick-off of the summer travel season.

Our Purdy car accident attorneys understand that the condition of your vehicle can make all the difference in your safety on our roadways. All residents are urged to conduct routine checkups on their vehicle to make sure that everything is in proper working order. It is especially important during this time of year to check the condition of your tires before setting out on the scorching-hot pavement.

"As the weather warms up, it's especially important for drivers to ensure their tires are properly inflated," Secretary Ray LaHood said. "For your safety and the safety of others on the road, inspect your tires regularly and maintain the proper inflation."

The Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that through the years of 2005 and 2009, nearly 3,400 people died in tire-related car accidents. Another 116,000 were injured in these types of crashes during the same year.

"While it's true improperly maintained tires can contribute to a crash at any time of year, it is particularly critical for motorists to check tires during hot weather, when families and luggage often overload vehicles for long vacation trips," NHTSA Administrator David Strickland warned. "Underinflated tires spinning on hot asphalt for extended periods of time can be a recipe for disaster."

The Department and safety advocates around the country urge that all motorists check their tire pressure periodically, but especially before long trips. They also suggest that motorists keep an eye on aging tires. Old tires and the summer heat can turn out deadly results because older, more warn tires are more susceptible to heat stress. These risks only increase if the tires are not properly inflated. Be sure to regularly check the tire sidewall to check the tires wear. It is also a good idea to check with the vehicle's manual or the manufacturer for recommendations on how often to change tires.

Properly maintaining your tires will not only help to keep you safe on our roadways, but it will help to keep some extra cash in your wallet. The Department of Energy reports that under-inflated tires can lower your vehicle's gas mileage by nearly 0.5 percent for every 1 PSI (pound per square inch) drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires can save you nearly 3 miles per gallon.

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Springfield Missouri Personal Injury Lawyers Provide Information on Support for Victims of Catastrophic Injuries

upside down car.jpgCatastrophic injuries resulting from vehicle accidents are all too common across Missouri. Many citizens of Springfield, Cassville, Monett, Lebanon and other Missouri towns have known a friend, colleague or loved one who has suffered from a catastrophic injury due to a car wreck.

Catastrophic injuries refer to any injuries that have serious, long-term effects on the victim. As Springfield Missouri Catastrophic Injury attorneys know only too well, it's not only car wrecks that cause this grievous level of injury--a fall, being hit by a falling object and all sorts of "freak accidents" can cause them as well.

Help and Support Available for Ozark Victims of Catastrophic Injury

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury--don't go it alone. You need all the support you can get. Nixa Missouri personal injury lawyers want to let you know about the various organizations which can provide assistance for Springfield, Ozark, Branson, Nixa and other Greene county catastrophic injury victims and their families:

Partnership for Prescription Assistance-- helps patients who are without prescription drug coverage find access to free medications- no charge applied.

On the Move: A Financial Guide for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury
-- from the PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America) containing invaluable information including financial planning, adapting your home, available benefits, and much more. Download an order form for the book on the site.

National Transplant Assistance Fund & Catastrophic Injury Program (NTAF)
NTAF helps organ transplant and catastrophic injury patients pay for critical but uninsured medically related expenses through fundraising guidance and patient support, as well as financial and other resources.

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