A Steelville teenager was hospitalized Sunday afternoon after the pickup truck in which she was a passenger hit a tree on Gobblers Knob Road.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the crash occurred at 3 p.m., about three miles south of Pigeon Roost Road, when 30-year-old Bruce L. Williams, also of Steelville, lost control of his northbound Dodge 1500 and took it off the road before it crashed into a tree.
A 14-year-old passenger riding in the bed of the truck, Brandi J. Smith, reportedly suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Washington County Memorial Hospital.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 17,500 fatal single-vehicle accidents in the U.S. in 2007, and since 1991 vehicles are leaving the roadway in a higher percentage of single-vehicle crashes.
Seeing a copy of the Missouri accident report is extremely important. Reports are critical to professional investigations and also serve to create peace of mind for the victims and their families. Without an official report, you’ll likely be unaware of several key facts that help to explain how the accident happened, and you’ll also be unable to dispute any inaccuracies the accident report may contain.
3 Facts to remember about Missouri Accident reports:
If you file an insurance claim or lawsuit, this document will be the first piece of evidence that everyone wants to see.
An Missouri accident report’s main purpose is to tell what happened: how, where, when, and to whom.
The “how” of an accident report is the officer’s best after-the-fact interpretation of the crash. Sometimes it’s possible to amend disputed facts in a report.
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