A vehicle accident occurred in South Colonie Friday night around 11:00 when a 2006 BMW veered off of the road. The vehicle then traveled underneath a pickup truck, and both vehicles were sent crashing into the wall of a tavern, which burst into flames. In the midst of the accident, another vehicle was hit and caught fire outside of the building. At the time of the collision, there were people in the tavern, which was very damaged from the crash. Tragically, a passenger in the BMW was severely injured, as 95% of their body was burned in the accident. The driver of the BMW and two additional people were taken to receive medical attention for their injuries, which were not life-threatening. Additionally, the driver of the BMW now faces multiple charges, including vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, and driving while impaired by drugs.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 10 million people of age 12 or older reported that they drove under the influence of drugs in 2013. In addition, prescription drugs are commonly found as a factor in vehicle accidents. Tracking the amount of vehicle accidents in which drugged driving is a factor is difficult because there is not an efficient roadside test for measuring the amount of drugs in a body.
If a driver is responsible for injuries sustained in a vehicle accident, contact the Saint Louis personal injury attorneys of Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth. With over a century of legal experience, our attorneys have handled a wide range of vehicle cases and have the knowledge necessary to settle your case with maximum compensation. To speak with an attorney and have your potential case analyzed, contact Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth today.