A woman from southwestern Missouri died recently in an accident at an intersection, according to reports. Police investigating the accident said that the woman, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved, flew out of her vehicle following the accident. While the condition of the driver of her vehicle was not listed, police did note that he was not wearing a seatbelt. Rescuers took the woman to a hospital in a nearby urban area, but the woman died about 90 minutes after the accident.
Police said that a 23-year-old struck the vehicle the victims were traveling in. Police stated that the younger driver failed to yield and that failure caused the accident.
Particularly on rural roads, where drivers may travel at higher speeds, it is very important for drivers to pay careful attention for other vehicles and to yield the right of way when necessary. Yielding is important at intersections, when pulling out on to a main road from a driveway or an unpaved path, when merging and at a location where a yield sign has been posted.
A driver may fail to yield for any number of reasons. For instance, they may simply not see an oncoming vehicle, or they may not correctly estimate the traveling speed of the oncoming car. Distracted driving or inattentive driving can often contribute to accidents involving a failure to yield as well.
Even a relatively minor driving mistake can cause a severe auto accident. These sorts of accidents can change the life of a Kansas City resident and cause enormous loss and expense. Victims of such accidents may be entitled to receive compensation.