Rear-end accidents are one of the most common causes of motor vehicle related injuries. Often, these crashes are caused by distracted driving or excessive speed. Whether the impact causes the airbag to inflate or not, these crashes can result in whiplash, soft tissue injury, catastrophic injury, and even death.
Recently, a Wisconsin truck driver was convicted of three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of careless driving in connection with a rear-end crash in May 2010. The driver, Jason Styrbicky, had been looking for an energy drink that had fallen at his feet when the crash occurred. It's estimated that his eyes were off the road for about 16 seconds as he approached traffic that had stopped due to road construction ahead. By the time he looked up, it was too late to stop.
Styrbicky's truck crushed two cars in front of him, killing 50 year-old Pamela Brinkhaus and 24 year-old Keri Rasmussen. Rasmussen was eight weeks pregnant at the time of the crash. The truck also struck another semi-truck, which was transporting an estimated 12 million bees. About 1 million bees were released at the scene.
"This is such a profoundly tragic case," said attorney Mark McDonough, who represented Styrbicky. "I know that Jason is as sorry about what happened to these women and their families as a person can be. He certainly never intended to cause anyone any harm."
As Joplin car accident attorneys, we know that injuries resulting from rear-end collisions can take years to heal, and that they often involve costly and painful medical treatment. Beyond the physical impact, accidents can take a serious emotional and financial toll on those involved.