Posted On: January 30, 2012 by Ryan Bradley

Franklin County Missouri Double Head-On Collision Injures Four

Four people were injured to varying degrees in a double head-on car accident in Jefferson County, Missouri on Missouri Route 185. The accident occurred January 30, 2012 at 11:35am when a vehicle crossed the centerline of the roadway and crashed head-on into two separate vehicles.

Walter G. Cates of Washington, Missouri and John W. Woodcock of Ballwin, Missouri were driving their vehicles on southbound Missouri Route 185, south of the Meramec River. Russell B. Mercer drove a 2002 Nissan Xterra across the centerline into oncoming traffic. First, the Xterra crashed into the 2006 Ford Taurus driven by Cates. Then, the Xterra crashed into the 2008 Dodge Ram driven by Woodcock.

Four people were ultimately injured in the collisions. Mercer suffered serious injuries. Cates and Woodcock suffered moderate injuries. Paula J. Woodcock, an occupant in Woodcock’s vehicle, suffered minor injuries. All of the injured parties were taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, Missouri. The sole exception was Mercer, who was taken to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur Missouri.

When multiple accident victims suffer moderate to serious personal injury in a Jefferson County Missouri accident, there is a significant chance that at least one of them suffered a brain injury. Car accidents are a major cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States. Car crashes are a cause of 40% of brain injuries in Missouri. In all, over 2 million people suffer from some sort of brain injury in the United States.

TBI can dramatically alter the course of an accident victim’s life. The brain is the control center of the human body. When the brain of an accident victim is injured, the accident victim may suffer from issues that affect their ability to function in some capacity. Even mild TBI can require hospitalization and long term medical treatment. Anyone who suffers TBI as a result of a truck accident should contact an experienced St. Louis brain injury lawyer or have a loved one contact the attorney.