Two Injured in Missouri Rear End Accident
Two women were injured in a Henry County Missouri rear end car accident. The accident occurred as a 1996 Dodge attempted to exit a private driveway onto northbound Missouri Highway 7. The Dodge travelled into the path of a 2007 Chrysler. The Chrysler crashed into the left side of the Dodge. The impact forced both vehicles off the roadway.
Both drivers suffered personal injury in the accident and were transported by Life Flight to area hospitals. Breeanna R. Tucker, the 17 year old driver of the Dodge, was transported to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Penny A. Redd, the 44 year old driver of the Chrysler, was transported to Research Medical Center.
Drivers who are turning onto a public roadway from private drive should exercise due care in avoiding a collision. According to Missouri statute § 304.351, the drivers on the public roadway have the right of way. Section 5 of that statute states: “The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, building or any private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the highway to be entered.” The drivers in the driver is required by law to let the other vehicles pass before entering the roadway.
Drivers who are entering private driveways also need to yield to other vehicles on the roadway. Section 6 states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to make a left turn into an alley, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction when the making of such left turn would create a traffic hazard.”
Drivers who fail to adhere to the statute may be liable in a Missouri rear end car accident lawsuit. Anyone who is injured in this type of accident should obtain legal representation.