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Missouri motorcycle passenger suffers personal injury in crash

There are many basic traffic laws that many people in Missouri may take for granted. While some people may see little harm in running a red light, for example, doing so could ultimately result in an accident, including one that causes a serious personal injury. Unfortunately, two people were recently sent to the hospital as a result of a motorcyclist who reportedly failed to stop at a traffic light.

The incident happened at approximately 10 p.m. on a day in mid-April. According to reports, a 38-year-old man was driving a motorcycle with a 39-year-old female passenger. Reports claim that the man failed to stop at a red light, causing the motorcycle to collide with a car.

Using revocable living trusts to manage estates

Most people in Missouri are aware of the importance of estate planning. To many, however, this simply means the creation of a last will and testament. Despite this thought, there are several different tools that can aid in the management of estates, including the creation of a revocable living trust.

A trust can serve several purposes. For example, it often allows an estate to avoid the public, and often lengthy, probate process. A trust is created once a grantor, or person who owns the estate, creates a declaration of trust. This document defines the terms of the trust which can vary widely based on the needs and desires of the grantor. The trust can be modified or terminated at any time.

Medical malpractice: Misdiagnosis is a common problem

Few people rush straight to the doctor when they aren't feeling well. Instead, they think about their condition and try to figure out what's wrong themselves. When you can't figure it out, then you make an appointment.  If it's serious, you go to the emergency room.

Although not everything is curable, you expect them to know what is wrong and what to do about it. Serious illnesses grow, meaning that time is essential.

Criminal defense: Missouri teen charged with assault

When people wake from a deep sleep, they are often disoriented. The adrenaline that comes from the fear of thinking they might be in danger can distort events even more. However, police say that have arrested a Missouri teenager, claiming that he assaulted an elderly woman, based on the description of clothing provided by the alleged victim. He is now likely considering his criminal defense following his arrest.

The incident reportedly happened one night on a day in early February. Police say they were called to a residence after receiving a report of a break-in. The alleged victim, an 81-year-old woman, claims she was sleeping in her living room when she awoke to find a man with his hand over her face. She claims that she fell to the ground and that he pulled on her legs and head until she became limp. It is believed that she suffered a fractured rib during the incident.

Missouri woman suffers personal injury in single-vehicle crash

When driving with a passenger in the vehicle, it is easy to become distracted. An intense conversation, for example, could be all it takes to cause a serious accident. Unfortunately, a women in Missouri has reportedly suffered a serious personal injury after she was involved in a single-vehicle crash.

The incident happened one evening on a day in mid-March. According to reports, a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old woman exited a Missouri road on the right side. As a result, the vehicle flipped and struck a tree.

Criminal defense: Murder charge follows officer shooting

When an officer is killed in the line of duty, there is an understandable demand for justice. Unfortunately, overzealousness on the part of law enforcement authorities could potentially result in misplaced blame. In fact, a woman in Missouri is now likely considering her criminal defense after she was charged with murder in the shooting death of an officer.

The incident appears to be the result of a mistake. Officers were reportedly mistakenly sent to the wrong address following a 911 call. When they arrived at the incorrect residence, officers encountered a 37-year-old woman who reported that she did not call 911 and that there was no disturbance at her home. Five police officers entered the home anyway to determine that no one was in danger. Once in side, they reportedly encountered an armed man who fired, injuring three officers.

Workers' compensation: 2 injured, 1 missing in explosion

Because most employees in the United States know that there are potential dangers in the workplace, they often strive to avoid them. They follow all safety precautions, including wearing the necessary protective gear. Unfortunately, there is often little workers in Missouri and other areas of the country can do to protect themselves from explosions that occur unexpectedly. As a result, injured workers are often entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits.

Unfortunately, the severity of injuries suffered in a recent explosion in another state is unclear. Those who worked next door to the chemical plant where the explosion occurred claims they heard a "big kaboom" and could see items, such as metal lids, blowing through the roof. One witness also describes a sulfur smell.

Personal injury: 2 hospitalized following Missouri crash

Most drivers in Missouri can identify a variety of different driving hazards. While most people are aware of the potential harm that texting while driving or driving under the influence can cause, many may be less sure about the dangers of driving while drowsy. Unfortunately, a recent crash, reportedly caused by a drowsy driver,  has resulted in a personal injury.

The incident happened on a night in early March. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 42-year-old male fell asleep while driving on a state highway. As a result, police say that he failed to maintain control of the sedan he was driving.

Criminal defense: Plea deal accepted Missouri DUI case

When a person is accused of a crime, there are multiple decisions that he or she is forced to make. Often, defendants who do not have legal training feel unprepared to create an appropriate criminal defense, requiring them to seek guidance. A man in Missouri has opted to accept a plea deal in his case, resulting in reduced charges.

The 27-year-old man was facing two counts of second-degree assault, a felony. Officials believe that he operated a vehicle while intoxicated two years earlier, which is said to have caused an accident that sent two people to the hospital. Reports claim that the man crossed the centerline before his vehicle excited the roadway. The vehicle then re-entered traffic, striking a vehicle head-on.

Bribery: a serious charge

Bribery is no laughing matter. It’s a serious offense and a felony that can include a prison sentence and stiff fines. Such appears to be the fate of former St. Louis police officer Terri Owens who pleaded guilty in federal court late last year to bribery for taking thousands of dollars from a Missouri chiropractor and his wife in exchange for hundreds of accident reports.

The couple used the reports to contact accident victims in hopes of providing free services, and then receiving insurance settlements for the patients they treated. While the couple – Mitchell and Galina Davis – were not convicted of bribery, they pleaded guilty to related charges, and admitted for years to bribing at least four St. Louis police officers including Owens.

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