Rural Missouri Car Accident at Uncontrolled Intersection Injures Two
Two men from Liberal, Missouri were injured when two vehicles collided at an uncontrolled intersection. The accident occurred in Barton County, Missouri, at 10:01pm on March 17, 2012.
A 1997 Ford F150 and a 2002 Ford Escape crashed into in an uncontrolled intersection. The F150 struck the side of the Escape. No one in the F150 was injured. The driver of the Escape and one passenger suffered personal injury.
The Escape driver, Jimmy D. Long of Liberal, Missouri, was transported by Medflight to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri with serious injuries. Mark Venable, Long’s passenger, was taken to Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar, Missouri.
Uncontrolled intersections are ripe for Missouri side impact car accidents. Uncontrolled intersections are intersections without traffic signs or stoplights. Uncontrolled intersections are common in sparsely populated rural areas, where it is unlikely that two vehicles would arrive at the intersection at the same time.
Missouri state law governs right-of-way rules for uncontrolled intersections. Missouri statute § 304.351 states that whoever first arrives at an uncontrolled intersection has the right-of-way: “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway, provided, however, there is no form of traffic control at such intersection.”
When two vehicles arrive at an uncontrolled intersection at the same time, the driver on the right side has the right-of-way: “When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the driver of the vehicle on the right.”
When these simple right-of-way rules are ignored, serious car accidents may occur. Accident victims should contact Missouri car accident lawyers to understand how right-of-way statute violations may affect their claim for compensation.