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Kansas City's interstates see numerous single car accidents

A certain percentage of the crashes that occur on the interstates that run through Kansas City only involve one vehicle. These car accidents can sometimes cause investigators issues since the occupants of the vehicle might not be able to provide statements regarding the factors that led to them for some time, if at all. Therefore, the families of the victims might not know what really happened to their loved ones until officials are able to determine exactly what happened.

For example, four college students occupied a vehicle that was traveling on Interstate 435 on a recent Saturday night. As the vehicle began to cross an overpass near the Kansas City Zoo, the driver somehow lost control of it. The vehicle then flew off the overpass and crashed onto the roadway below.

The 22-year-old driver and a 21-year-old passenger did not survive the impact. The other two passengers in the vehicle, both women, survived. At last report, one was hospitalized with serious injuries, and the other woman's injuries were considered to be critical. It does not appear that police yet know what caused the driver to lose control of the car.

Regardless of whether officials are able to determine the factors that led to the crash, the two surviving victims and the family of the deceased student retain the right to file personal injury or wrongful death claims, as applicable, against the estate of the driver. They need only establish that the driver's negligence caused or contributed to the injuries or death in order for a Missouri civil court to consider an award of damages. If successful, any restitution could help with the financial burdens that often arise in the aftermath of car accidents.

Source:, "2 University of Central Missouri students killed in crash in Kansas City", June 27, 2016

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.