Springfield, MO (PRWEB) February 24, 2014
A news report states that the number of traffic fatalities in Missouri in 2013 reached the lowest figure in 66 years, a statistic welcomed by Springfield MO personal injury lawyer Terry A. Tolbert, a founding partner of Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave, LLC.
Attorney Tolbert based his comments on an article published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the decrease and lack of traffic fatalities over the New Year’s Eve holiday in Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Missouri patrol reports no fatal crashes over New Year’s Eve holiday,” Jan. 2, 2014).
“This is great news for all drivers in Missouri,” Tolbert said. “A reduction in the number of fatal car accidents in Missouri benefits everyone. We have handled many difficult car accident cases involving serious injuries and fatalities, so we know how devastating these accidents can be on families. All drivers must remember to keep Missouri roads safe in 2014 and beyond. Even one fatality per year is one too many.”
A total of 741 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Missouri in 2013, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol as quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article. That figure represents 85 fewer fatalities than in 2012, when 826 people died in motor vehicle accidents statewide. The number of people who died in car accidents in 2013 was the lowest since 1947, when 683 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Missouri, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The decline in the number of fatalities in Missouri reflects a nationwide trend. In many states across the country, the number of people who died in traffic accidents reached historic lows in 2013, according to The Washington Post, “Early figures suggest number of traffic fatalities fell in 2013,” Jan. 2, 2014. Specifically, the number of traffic fatalities dropped dramatically in 2013 in Iowa, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina and Wyoming, according to The Washington Post.
Drivers in Missouri should continue to operate responsibly to reduce the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents statewide in 2014 even further, according to Springfield MO auto accident attorney William Thomas Beadle, a partner at Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave law firm.
“Police officers can only do so much to prevent accidents from happening,” Beadle said. “While it’s certainly good news to see traffic fatalities drop, we know at our firm that accidents still happen every day because of driver negligence. Even the most responsible drivers can get into serious accidents through no fault of their own. If you have been injured or a loved one was injured or killed, you should see the advice of legal counsel. An attorney can help pursue compensation for your losses and send a message that careless behavior will not be tolerated.”
About Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave
Missouri personal injury lawyers Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave are based in Springfield and serve personal injury victims throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In addition to auto accident lawsuits, Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, handle workers compensation, premises liability, dog bites, semi truck accidents and other types of personal injury cases. Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave work on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay if they win.
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