Friday, at around 1:30 p.m., an accident that killed a motorcyclist and injured a police officer took place on U.S. Route 71 just west of Savannah.
Missouri State Highway Patrol officials say that Dalton L. Smith, 19, from St. Joseph, was fleeing police on a 2000 Honda CBR 600 F4 motorcycle when the crash occurred. Police say that Officer Travis L. Williams, 39, from St. Joseph, drove his 2011 Dodge Charger onto the highway in front of Mr. Smith, with his emergency lights flashing.
Mr. Smith was unable to avoid colliding with the rear of the police vehicle, and was thrown from the motorcycle. Mr Smith was taken to Heartland Regional Hospital where he later died. Mr. Williams was taken to Heartland Regional Hospital as well. His current condition is not known.
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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