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Single Car Accident Kills Driver, Leaves Passenger Seriously Injured

I-270 spelled disaster for one St. Louis Missouri resident. 32-year-old Hafdis A. James was pronounced dead on the scene after a single vehicle accident took her life early Saturday. The car crash occurred near the Interstate at Gravois road in St. Louis County at around 12:15am. James was driving southbound on the popular highway when her 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier ran off the side of the road. James was attempting to pass another vehicle at the time when she struck a guardrail and was ejected on the vehicle. James was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the car crash. 47-year-old Robert L. Hopkins was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident; he is currently listed in serious condition. Similar accidents have been happening all across the St. Louis metro area.

When driving on the highway, motorists owe a duty to their passengers. A driver breaches this duty if they do not exercise reasonable care when on the roadways. Although not always intentional, This breach may cause serious damage, and sometimes death. It is important to remember, a car is a 3,000 pound weapon and improper care can have damaging effects. The driver is often held liable for any damages resulting from an accident. Damages add up quickly and cannot always be solved by money.

Even the most experienced drivers have a lapse in judgement. Car accidents are seldom calculated moves; and often result from one bad split decision. Our experienced attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have decades of experience dealing with car crashes. The court system is complicated and insurance claims are confusing. Our attorneys know how to navigate the difficult world of car accidents; and are willing to put our expertise to work for you. If you or a loved one is injured in a vehicle accident please give us a call at (800) 391-4318, and we can help you get your family back on track.

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