Jefferson County Car Accident Killed One Teen and Injured Another
March 12, 2012 - According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, around 11 pm on Friday night, a Missouri Car Accident left one teen dead, and injured another in Jefferson County. Reports indicated that Jacob Douglas (19) was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier north on Goldman Road, near Highway A, when he lost control of his vehicle. Douglas travelled off the left side of the road; hit a tree and a concrete culvert then his vehicle overturned. Douglas was ejected from the vehicle after it had overturned. Cody Dove (17) was riding as a passenger in Douglas’ vehicle at the time of the accident.
Jacob Douglas died as a result of the accident, and was pronounced at the scene of the accident. Cody Dove was moderately injured and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur by helicopter for treatment. According to the report, neither of the teens were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
I know people get tired of hearing the old advice about how seatbelts save lives and prevent serious injuries, but it is true. In a single car accident like this, many times seatbelts are the difference between going to the hospital and not. Even though the initial report states no seatbelts were worn, sometimes that is not the case and it just appears that way because the seatbelt failed. It is just as common of a fact that seatbelts fail as it is that seatbelts save lives. If Dillon Watson and Madison Watson were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the car accident, it would be a great idea to make sure nothing happens to the car until an expert has had a chance to look at it to determine if the seatbelts did fail. If so, Dillon and Madison may very well have a claim against the car manufacturer for their injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Missouri car accident, you might not need a lawyer, but you will need helpful and accurate information. Before you speak to a lawyer, insurance adjuster, or sign any forms, you need to read my FREE book, “The Missouri Accident Book: Dealing with the Aftermath.” This book will arm you with the information necessary to make all the right moves after your Missouri car accident.
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