Our Joplin, Missouri car accident attorneys have noticed that several recently reported fatal accidents share a common factor: many of them were caused by lane departure due to driver error. Sometimes these accidents happen when drivers - for whatever the reason - enter divided highways when they're traveling the wrong way. And sometimes the lane departure is just a momentary lapse, a short loss of focus (perhaps caused by a glance down at a cell phone) that causes a driver to veer into oncoming traffic.
Either way, these accidents can have catastrophic consequences: each of these head-on (or near head-on) collisions caused serious injuries and fatalities. Last week, we learned about a terrible head on crash near Tuscumbia, which claimed the lives of a young couple and their 3 year-old son: the only survivor in their vehicle was 2 day-old Gabriel Wilcox, who was thrown from the car. Over the weekend, there were other similar accidents reported, including one right here in Joplin:
March 2: Bowling Green, Ohio
3 young women were killed (and another 2 were seriously injured) by a driver traveling the wrong direction on the interstate. Law enforcement reports indicate that 67 year-old Winifred D. Lein had been driving on the wrong side of the divided highway for at least 7 miles when she hit a vehicle head-on. That vehicle was carrying 5 Bowling Green students - sorority sisters, heading to the airport to depart for spring break. Rebekah Blakkolb, 20; Christina Goyett, 19; and Sarah Hammond, 21 died in the accident: the 2 surviving passengers remain hospitalized.
Lein, the at-fault driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. She wasn't carrying any passengers. Ohio state troopers continue to investigate how and why she came to be traveling on the wrong side of the road. "I don't think the college girls ever saw it coming," said Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn. "Nothing they could've done to avoid the crash."