Post Date: August 22nd, 2009
This past Friday, August 21, 2009, an extreme tragedy occurred in a Farmersville, MO car accident. At approximately 7:35 am, 20-year-old Adrienne Ford was driving her Chevy Cobalt south on Highway 65. At that time, Omar Miller of Leon, Iowa was driving a Ford pickup behind her. As the two approached the intersection at County Road 243, Miller attempted to pass her. In doing so, he ran into Adrienne Ford’s driver side. The car wreck caused both cars to head off the embankment.
Ford was lifeflighted to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. Unfortunately, they could not save her and she passed on Friday evening. Even more tragic is that the Constitution-Tribune is reporting that Ford was pregnant and her unborn child was also killed in the Farmersville car wreck.
As a Missouri car accident lawyer, I see these types of horrific accidents too often. Still I cannot help but to feel my blood boil. Obviously I was not there to see what happened, but we are all familiar with being passed by traffic on state highways in rural areas. I can’t help but to see the scene depicting Omar Miller speeding to get around Adrienne. Additionally, I have to wonder what caused him to crash into her car before completely passing her. This incident just underscores the type of senseless harm that can come from unsafe driving.
As a Missouri Car Wreck Lawyer, a few things caught my eye from a legal perspective. First, in situations like this, a Missouri personal injury lawyer would request that Miller’s liability insurance turn over it’s complete policy limits immediately to Ford’s family. Additionally, a good attorney would know that Missouri law allows a cause of action even for unborn children, thus, the insurance company should tender it’s limits twice. But additionally, Miller was from Iowa. Iowa requires only $20,000.00 in liability coverage. Thus, if Miller did have insurance coverage, it’s possible he only had the state minimum of $20,000.00. If this is the case, a recent Missouri court case has held that he is an “uninsured” driver and therefore, Ford’s family is entitled to compensation from both Miller’s insurance company, but also Ford’s insurance company for her uninsured motorist coverage.
Obviously, the last thing any family is thinking about in this circumstance is to recover the insurance money. But, I have seen instances before where the family’s have taken that money to set up a scholarship or some type of memorial in their lost loved one’s name.
If you have been hurt in a car wreck and would like to speak with a Missouri car accident attorney, call Josh Myers at 888-956-2487. It’s always free to talk about your case and there are never any fees until we recover on your behalf.
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