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Local Resident Injured In Route 79 Freightliner Accident

A Missouri male resident was moderately injured in a Festus Missouri semi-truck accident on Missouri Route 79 near Hancock St. in Foley, Missouri. The collision occurred in Lincoln County on June 19, 2012 at 10:30am.

Francis R. Biron of Troy, Missouri, age 74, was driving southbound on Route 79 in a 2004 Honda Goldwing. Charles H. Washington of St. Louis, Missouri, age 27, was also driving on southbound Route 79 in a 2004 Freightliner Conventional. Washington was then traveling behind Biron in the same lane. Biron ended up stopping at an intersection in order to yield to oncoming traffic. Washington was not able to come to a stop before it was too late. Washington’s freightliner struck the rear of Biron’s Honda. The collision forced Biron’s vehicle off the road and Biron was subsequently ejected from his vehicle. Both vehicles had some kind of safety device activated at the time of the accident. The freightliner only sustained minor damage while the Honda sustained moderate damage.

Missouri State Highway Patrol and medical personnel determined that Biron sustained moderate injuries due to the accident. Biron was subsequently transported to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri by a medical air helicopter.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has noted that ejection from a vehicle during a car accident is “one of the most injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash.” According to studies in past years, close to 70% of vehicle passengers who were ejected from a vehicle due to an accident were killed as a result. Most studies often note that close to 90% of people who were ejected were not actually wearing their seatbelt at the time. Moreover, both complete and partial ejections can lead to serious injuries or Missouri semi-truck accident fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration often suggests drivers to wear seat-belts to best minimize the risk of ejection. Missouri statute § 307.178 at least requires vehicle occupants to wear their seat-belts. Unfortunately, as seen in this Route 79 accident, seat belts cannot completely prevent vehicle ejection. This is especially true when considering semi-trucks can hit vehicles with a great amount of force.

In a Missouri car accident that leads to ejected occupants, there are still basic legal doctrines that could hold the motorist responsible for the accident as liable under a court of law. The legal theory of negligence incorporates a “foreseeability” component in liability determinations. Most courts simply follow the notion that a liable party is responsible for all consequences that are reasonably foreseeable from his or her actions. It is foreseeable that drivers may be ejected from their vehicle in a Missouri semi-truck accident and could suffer from even greater injuries than otherwise. In these kinds of partial or complete ejection incidents arising out of a Missouri semi-truck accident, it would be best to contact a Festus Missouri semi-truck accident lawyer.