Posted On: May 18, 2011 by Ryan Bradley

Callaway County Change Reaction Accident Injures Fulton Girl

Shyan M. Clark from Fulton, Missouri was injured in a Callaway County Missouri rear impact car accident on Missouri Route J. The Missouri chain reaction car accident occurred on May 17, 2011 at 5:15pm.

According to a corrected crash report, James R. Allen, 33, was stopped in a 2003 Saturn behind a vehicle making a left turn. Deborah J. Roberts, 55, failed to stop her 2005 Lincoln before reaching Allen’s vehicle. Roberts slammed her Lincoln into Allen’s Saturn. Shelly Basnett, 40, then struck Robert’s Lincoln in the rear, causing Robert to strike Allen a second time. A 2001 Chevrolet driven by Renee M. Knipfel then crashed into Basnett’s vehicle. All of the drivers were from Fulton, Missouri except Knipfel. Knipfel was from Auxvasse, Missouri.

Shyan M. Clark, age 12, of Fulton, Missouri sustained the only reported injuries in the Missouri rear impact car accident. Clark suffered moderate injuries. She was taken by an ambulance to Callaway County Hospital. The Fulton girl was not wearing her seatbelt during the accident. Clark was an occupant in the Dodge Stratus driven by Basnett.

Missouri child restraint law requires children under the age of 15 to wear a seat belt while in an operating vehicle. Missouri children must wear a seat belt regardless of their position in the vehicle (e.g. either the front seat or the back seat). Unlike the Missouri seat belt law for adults, Missouri’s child restraint law is a primary enforcement law. The child restraint law’s primary enforcement status means that law enforcement officers can and will pull over vehicles solely because a child is not properly restrained by a safety device like a seat belt, car seat or booster seat. There are few exemptions to Missouri’s child restraint law: namely agricultural purposes and parades.

Missouri’s child restraint law decreases the risk of serious injury and death for a child involved in a Missouri car accident. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 184,000 children sustain bodily injuries in car accidents in a year. Studies indicate that seat belt laws effectively reduce the car accident injuries of children. The CDC further recommends that children ages 12 and younger avoid sitting in the front seat of a vehicle. Sitting in the back seat eliminates the risk of child injury caused by airbags, the forces of which a smaller body has trouble absorbing without injury. Child appropriate safety devices and smart choices for children save countless lives each year.

If your child was injured in a Missouri car accident, contact a Missouri accident lawyer as soon as possible.