St. Louis, MO- There are many reasons why drunk driving crashes are deadly. For starters, alcohol impairs a person’s thinking processes and motor skills drastically increasing their chances of causing a collision. Speed and lack of seat belts are two other elements that increase the likelihood of a fatal drunk driving accident occurring. When all the above applies, accident victims can be thrown from a vehicle and sustain life-threatening injuries. In rare cases, accident victims who are ejected can be overlooked at the scene of a crash. That’s what happened in a recent St. Louis crash.
Missouri Family Questions Why Their Loved One Wasn’t Found After Drunk Driving Accident
One Missouri family is wondering why police and paramedics didn’t find their loved one until thirteen hours after he was involved in a single-car accident.
On Saturday, December 3, 2017, around 11:30 p.m. police in St. Charles got called to the scene of a drunk driving accident on Highway 94. A 27-year-old man lost control of his truck and crashed. Paramedics rushed two men to the hospital in serious condition, but there was a third person in the vehicle who had been thrown far from the crash site.
The third victim’s family didn’t even know he was missing until Sunday when the man driving the truck called them. The friend explained that there was a drunk driving crash and that he and another passenger were in the hospital, but they couldn’t locate the third passenger.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that once the family realized their loved one was missing, they called local hospitals trying to locate him. They eventually called the police and asked them to search the scene again.
After 1:00 p.m. Sunday, hours after the crash, police located the missing 28-year-old in the woods 150 feet from the crash site. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Now, the family is wondering why police didn’t find their loved one right after the crash.
Police said he died almost instantly but the man’s family questions whether he could have been saved if he had been located in the immediate aftermath of the collision.
A spokesperson for the Missouri Highway Patrol told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that deceased man was thrown out of range of their usual search area.
Police charged the driver with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter.
Are Passenger’s Eligible for Compensation?
Anyone injured by a drunk driver is eligible for compensation, but a passenger may face some difficulties with their personal injury claim. The most significant challenge for passengers will be overcoming arguments that they are responsible for their injuries. An insurance adjuster may place some of the blame on you to reduce the settlement amount they pay you. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Get the advice of a drunk driving accident lawyer in Missouri, before you speak to an insurer or accept a settlement. They are skilled negotiators and know how to secure generous compensation. USAttorneys.com will help you find a local lawyer to work on your claim.