Valley Park Intersection Accidents at Hwy 44 and Rt 141
Resting just on the southwest side of St. Louis County, Valley Park is a quiet city that features a handful of pleasant parks, the World Bird Sanctuary, and the Museum of Transportation. Residents here and from surrounding neighborhoods have easy access to Highway 44 and Route 141, which cross in a rather chaotic way.
No matter what direction you are traveling, entering or exiting either Hwy 44 or Rt 141 can be extremely confusing. There are only a handful of exits onto neighboring roads of Meramec Drive, North Highway Drive, or South Highway Drive, two of which feature dangerous roundabouts. In addition, if you are transferring from either interstate, you find yourself crossing over multiple bridges, merging across multiple lanes of traffic, and having to frequently adjust your speed due to the wide range of road lengths. Anyone trying to exit the freeways to access nearby gas stations, restaurants, or motels may find themselves having to loop on and off of the freeways just to find the right exit.
Recent traffic reports from Missouri State Highway Patrol have outlined just how dangerous this intersection can be. Multiple vehicles have been damaged or ruined along the on- and off-ramp as well as while merging between freeways. Add to that the serious injuries vehicle occupants have suffered due to negligent, and often inexperienced, drivers. Most victims had to be treated at emergency rooms at Mercy Hospital South or SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, which is located just southeast of Valley Park. For this area of Valley Park, accidents are investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol or St. Louis County Police from the Valley Park precinct, which can provide copies of traffic reports for $6.50 ten days after a collision.
384 car accidents occurred throughout Valley Park in a recent year, including one which ended in a fatality, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. In addition, when the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) analyzed traffic accidents in Valley Park over a three-year period, the department noted that 17 accidents resulted in serious injuries and one fatality. In these collisions, the department identified the major factors in Valley Park intersection accidents, which include:
- Speeding and aggressive driving
- Signalized intersections
- Teen drivers
- Unlicensed drivers
- Distracted driving
If you or someone you love was injured by a negligent driver in a Valley Park intersection accident, you should not hesitate to contact a St. Louis car accident attorney. At Page Law, our lawyers have years of experience representing accident victims throughout St. Louis County and understand just how distressing this process can be on your own. Instead of spending hours on the phone with a dismissive insurance company, let our attorneys handle the legal burdens of getting your compensation for your injuries. Call our office today at 1-800-CAR-CRASH (800-227-2727) to schedule a free consultation.
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