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Personal injury: 1 killed, 1 injured in Missouri crash

Officials in Missouri and other states work hard to put safety structures in place to protect those who travel on interstates. Unfortunately, the decision to drive while sleep deprived can ultimately result in an accident with serious consequences, despite these measures. In fact, one person was recently killed while seven others suffered a personal injury in a crash.

The incident happened one morning on a day in mid-January. According to reports, a 23-year-old man was headed west on a Missouri interstate when he reportedly lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle then went under a cable barrier into oncoming traffic, striking an eastbound vehicle driven by a 41-year-old woman head-on.

Police say that although the male driver was seriously injured, he was conscious in the immediate aftermath of the crash and admitted that he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Of the seven occupants in the man's sedan, one was killed and the remaining six -- including three young children who police claim were not buckled -- suffered injuries, many of them serious. The driver of the eastbound vehicle was also seriously injured.

When drivers are fatigued, they may not realize the potential harm they could cause others. Unfortunately, this crash appears to illustrate the dangers of driving while fatigued. Now, several people are left working to put their lives back together. Victims of car accidents such as this often choose to file a personal injury lawsuit if the accident was caused by another's negligence. A professional with experience with such cases can help victims understand their legal options and pursue the appropriate course of action.

Source: stltoday.com, "Sleeping driver blamed for I-70 wreck that kills man, injures seven people, police say", Kim Bell, Jan. 16, 2018

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