When you’ve been in the auto accident and personal injury legal field as long as we have, you’ve seen a fair share of car crashes, ranging from the basic fender bender to serious fatalities.
Despite these years of experience, once in a while an auto accident in St. Louis or the surrounding areas arises that is tough to swallow.
Recently, a three-vehicle accident in Warren County proved to be one of these crashes.
If you’re not from the St. Louis or Missouri area, you may not know of the helping spirit that citizens across the city and state possess. If someone is in trouble, there always is a fellow Missourian ready to help out.
According to a KMOV report, police say 32-year-old Jennifer Graves was riding in a car on eastbound Township Line Road, just west of Highway 47, around 9 p.m. Seeing an accident ahead, the vehicle stopped, and Graves, in the true Missourian way, got out of the vehicle to check on those involved in the crash.
A minivan then stopped behind the car Graves had just exited. Shortly after, a pickup truck crashed into the back of the minivan, which then hit the car Graves had exited only moments before.
The car then slammed into Graves, tossing her to the pavement. She was taken by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur in serious condition.
The driver of the van was also taken to Mercy in serious condition, while the driver of Graves’ vehicle and the two teenagers in the pickup were transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.
Although motor accidents happen daily in St. Louis, I feel this one stands out because of Graves’ actions. It was her instinct to get out of the car and help others, exposing herself to the dangers of the road.
When in an auto accident, or when assisting others, make sure to remain vigilant of other drivers on the road. They may not see you, and an accident could result.