At approximately 1:30 pm on Tuesday, April 3rd, 5 vehicles were involved in a severe multi-car accident on Missouri State Highway 63, at the Route JJ crossing. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Mr. Taylor Allen, 26, was stopped at the intersection while attempting to make a left hand turn.
Several more vehicles began stopping behind Mr. Allen, including cars operated by Rebecca Weyrauch, 32, and David W. Harper, 55. Shortly after traffic began piling up behind Mr. Allen, an 18-wheeler operated by Nathan Duff, 30, slammed into Mr. Harper’s vehicle forcing it into the car in front of it. That vehicle in turn slammed into the vehicle in front of it. This continued until all 5 vehicles had been struck, and several were forced off the road and down into a nearby ditch.
Damage was extensive, and Mr. David Harper was pronounced dead on the scene. Both Tori Allen–Mr. Allen’s wife and a passenger in his vehicle were also transported by EMS to University Hospital. Both were later released.
A death on the road is often a severely traumatic experience. Missouri offers a robust and comprehensive legal system through which those injured in a car accident may seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and any damage that may have been inflicted on their property–among other potential claims. Further, when a person is killed due to the negligence of another, their surviving family members may also bring claims under Missouri’s wrongful death regime.
If you’ve had a loved one hurt or killed in a car accident, consider consulting with the personal injury experts at the law offices of Kevin J. Roach, (636) 519-0085, today.