In January, a head-on collision claimed the lives of a mother and her two young daughters. The family of the victims filed a wrongful death lawsuit this week accusing the Missouri Department of Transportation of negligence. On January 21st, a 36-year-old woman, her 6-year-old daughter, and her 7-month-old daughter were in a vehicle traveling northbound on U.S. 61 near Wentzville when the fatal auto accident occurred. The family’s vehicle was rear-ended causing the woman to lose control, cross the grass median and collide head-on with a southbound vehicle. The lawsuit claims MODOT failed to protect travelers by having a cable barrier installed on U.S. 61 in order to prevent head-on crashes. The complaint was filed in St. Charles County court and also names the driver of the vehicle that caused the crash as a defendant.
Dangerous roadways are a common cause of auto accidents, despite the fact that most people are not aware that this could be a factor in traffic accidents. Inadequate shoulder space, lack of medians, and narrow curves can all cause a roadway to be dangerous. The engineers that design the roadway, and those responsible for maintaining them, could be liable in the event of an auto accident.
If you have suffered damages in a traffic accident on a dangerous roadway, it is imperative to consult the experienced auto accident attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth. Our personal injury attorneys have handled thousands of accident cases and have over a century of combined legal experience. We will investigate your accident to determine the exact cause and party responsible. Contact our St. Louis office today for a free consultation.