Missouri residents are typically used to driving in inclement weather during winter. Even the most experienced driver, however, can encounter challenges when roadways are slippery. On a recent Tuesday morning, road conditions were less than optimal; in fact, a northbound lane was reportedly covered in ice, which may have been a factor in one driver’s loss of steering control, moments before she was involved in a collision.
Investigators say that the 26-year-old woman was driving in the northbound lane when her vehicle careened across the ice-covered road, into the southbound lane. Another woman, age 63, was traveling in the southbound lane. The two vehicles collided, and the collision had tragic results.
Collision resulted in one survivor and one, deceased
The younger of the two women survived the collision. She is said to have suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital for medical care in the immediate aftermath of the crash. Sadly, the woman who was driving the car in the southbound lane suffered fatal injuries. Police noted that neither driver was wearing proper seat restraint when the two cars collided.
Coping with a loved one’s death after a motor vehicle collision
Those in Missouri who have experienced the loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident understand the sorrow and devastation such incidents cause for families and communities alike. When another person’s negligence is responsible for a loved one’s death, an immediate family member may seek justice in a civil court by filing a wrongful death claim. In such cases, when a plaintiff provides evidence to prove that a defendant’s negligence resulted in a loved one’s death, the court may award compensation for damages that can then be used to help offset funeral expenses or other financial distress associated with the incident.