Road Rage in St. Louis: One Couple’s Argument Leads to Crash

Road rage continues to be a problem in St. Louis, and one good Samaritan who tried to help out a distressed woman found out recently that it’s not always a good idea to get involved in domestic disputes.

According to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, the argument between one twenty-six-year-old man and his girlfriend was started while they were driving their car down the highway. The situation quickly escalated and the woman asked her boyfriend to pull over so she could get out. He obliged, but when a second vehicle pulled over to make sure she was OK, that’s when things started to really get tense.

The man who pulled over took the girlfriend in his truck and began leaving the parking lot toward the local police station, at her request. The boyfriend then ran into the back of his truck with his vehicle and then attempted to sideswipe it. Although he left the scene after that, he was later apprehended and arrested by police.

No one was hurt in this incident, but the two people in the pick up truck were fortunate. This could have been much worse.

Have you been a victim of road rage? If you have, your St. Louis personal injury attorney will work hard to get you the justice and the compensation you deserve for any injuries you sustained as a result. Please contact us for information.

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Two People are Dead in Illinois Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents occur all the time during the spring and summer months, and many times they happen because the other drivers on the road just aren’t paying attention. That’s what happened to a couple near St. Louis in a recent, tragic motorcycle accident, and this one could have absolutely been avoided.

According to the article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the accident happened in Belleville, near St. Louis. The woman who was driving the car that caused the crash was backing out of a local fast food restaurant. Although it was late at night, she should have been able to see the 1999 Harley Davidson coming down the street. The motorcycle was carrying two passengers, and they both died at the scene of the crash.

The article states that the driver of the car was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, and no charges were filed against her. Even so, it’s clear that this was a case of negligence. When you’re backing out onto the street, it’s important to keep a close eye out for any vehicles and approach the street with caution until you are sure that the roadway is clear. It’s a simple step, but had it been followed, this accident wouldn’t have happened.

Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident in St. Louis? As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

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Fifteen-Year-Old Girl is Charged for Fatal Hit and Run Accident in St. Louis

In the month of June of this year, a fifty-year-old man was killed because of injuries he sustained in a car accident in St. Louis. The details surrounding the accident were unclear at the time, but according to a recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a fifteen-year-old girl has been arrested following an investigation into the events of what happened that night.

The article says that it was unclear if she had a learner’s permit, but she was driving alone down Ann Avenue in St. Louis. The accident occurred around 2:30 in the morning.

Originally, officials believed that the man had been struck by a Jeep as well, however, they have come to the conclusion now that the Mercedes that the young woman had been driving was the only car to hit him. He died in the hospital a week after the accident took place.

Unfortunately, many young kids believe that having a learner’s permit gives them permission to drive at any time, whether they have a licensed driver in the car with them or not. In this case, this man suffered a great deal because of his injuries and his family is left to wonder why these types of things occur.

When you’re injured in an accident, regardless of the circumstances behind it, you deserve justice. You deserve compensation, and as your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we will help you get it.

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Man Gets Charged After January Accident

We may have no control over some things that can happen in our life, but we can decide to live so that we leave a legacy for those who know us, no matter how old we are when we die. That’s exactly what 26 year old Collin Loveless did.

On January 10, 53 year old James E. Hughes of Richmond Heights entered I-170 southbound at 2:40 am driving the wrong way. He had no headlights on and he crossed over three lanes of traffic when he struck Collin’s Honda sedan. Hughes was injured. Collin died at the scene.

On June 17, James Hughes was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter as well as driving with a revoked license. That night, he had a blood alcohol test that came back at 0.197 percent, more than twice the legal limit. This capped his already long criminal history.

Collin left a legacy of love. His pastor spoke kindly about him, telling about how he enjoyed working at the church. He had two children, ages 6 and 4. His mother tells about how much he desired to do God’s work. Even a friend he had just met that night tells about how much compassion and perseverance Collin had.

A man who died too young but left a powerful legacy.

If someone you know has died because of someone else’s bad choice, call your St. Louis wrongful death attorneys today!

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Food Labels May Not Be Legitimate

We are in a time when we’re trying to be healthier. More of us are reading labels and we trust that companies are being truthful with what is on the label of the foods we buy.

A story on  CNN questions the food labels we use, reporting that some of the information included on them may be misleading. With so many people wanting to eat foods that are natural, organic, gluten-free or free of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), these ‘hot words’ are appealing to consumers. But are their foods really living up to their claim?

Here’s a look at each of those:

1. GMOs: While many foods are genetically modified, it is entirely up to the companies to label foods as GMO free.

2. Natural: Though the FDA has not defined what ‘natural’ means, they are not opposed to natural claims on products that don’t have added color, or artificial ingredients or flavors.

3. Organic: Organic refers to animals that have had room to graze and have had no hormones or produce grown without fertilizer or pesticides. However, if processed foods are 70% organically produced, they can have a ‘made with organic ingredients’ label.

4. Gluten-free: Research shows that a gluten-free diet may not be as helpful in weight loss because many foods labeled gluten-free have added sugar and fat

If you have any injury or illness from a mislabeled product, let you St. Louis defective product attorneys help!

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Man Posing as Dentist Has Questions to Answer

When you’re in pain, your priority is to make the pain go away, You look for a professional who can help you and a lot of times, you will pay whatever you have to just to be pain free.

That’s what Erika Martinez did. She was having toothaches and needed to see a dentist. When she asked a Facebook friend if she knew any good dentists, her friend recommended Mario Sabillion-Mejia. Her friend said he was nice and professional. When she called his phone number, his assistant, Tiffany Gonzalez, set up an appointment.

On May 18, Sabillion-Mejia and Gonzalez came to Martinez’s home where he introduced himself as a licensed dentist  and introduced Gonzalez as his secretary. He told Martinez that the total cost for removing the problematic teeth plus medicine, would be $1500; $500 before the exam, $500 to pull her teeth and $500 for a follow-up exam. On May 25, after receiving the initial $500, Sabillion-Mejia gave Martinez pain medicine and started pulling her teeth. When she tried to stop him, he held her down and said he had to finish.

Within days, Martinez sought medical attention for severe pain, bleeding and infections. When she went to the police, they found that Sabillion-Mejia and Martinez were deceiving her and perhaps many others.

If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, let us help you. Call your St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys today!

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Man Hit by Two Vehicles in Downtown St. Louis

Summertime brings more people to the streets, walking, riding bicycles, enjoying the summer weather. The increase in outdoor activity means there’s an increased risk of outdoor injury including accidents involving pedestrians.

According to KSDK, a 50- year old man was crossing South Broadway in downtown St.Louis at the 700 Block early Sunday morning when he was hit by a woman in a black Mercedes, who left the scene of the accident. He was then struck again by a maroon vehicle who also left the scene. The man is at the hospital in critical condition.

When a pedestrian is involved in an automobile accident, the results can often be severe and/or fatal. Even if minor injuries occur, it can leave the victim unable to enjoy some activities in the same way they used to. The most common injuries in pedestrian auto accidents are:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Back/ Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Death

It can be difficult to know who is responsible in auto accidents. In a pedestrian accident, it can be possible to hold the driver, or drivers, who hit the pedestrian responsible. A third party may be responsible. This would be the case if the accident was caused by a faulty crossing signal, for example.

If you or someone you know was a pedestrian involved in an automobile accident, please let us help you. Call your St. Louis accident attorneys today!

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Man Dies at the Hands of Twin Brothers

We have no control over the behavior of other people. Sometimes, someone else’s bad behavior causes injury or even death that changes your life forever.

An article on KSDK.com reports about a 43- year old man from Alton, IL who died on Saturday after being beaten in a fight that occurred on May 3. According to his father, he suffered from a heart attack and brain injuries after two 24- year old twin brothers attacked him after the man defended his own son following an argument over his (the son’s) girlfriend. The twins face two counts of aggravated battery and one count of mob action, but the family of the deceased is pushing for them to face murder charges.

Up to 70 people stood outside the Alton Police Department Wednesday trying to convince them to charge the twins with murder. However, Madison County’s State Attorney General says that it will take some time to determine if they can charge the men with murder and more evidence needs to be collected. He said it has to be done carefully and correctly to avoid making mistakes.

The man who died was a grandfather of two and is greatly missed by his father, friends and other family members.

If your loved one has died due to the negligent conduct of another person or people, we want to help you. Call your St. Louis wrongful death attorneys today!

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Women’s Multivitamins Recalled by Walgreens

We take extra care to protect those closest to us, especially our children. We childproof our homes, buy the best products to keep them safe in the car and make sure the places they play and go to school will be environments of fun and learning the best way we know how. When a company makes a mistake that can potentially interrupt the work you do to protect your child it can be very scary and potentially dangerous.

CBS St. Louis reports that Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. based out of Deerfield, IL, is recalling about 17,000 bottles of multivitamins because the packaging is not child resistant. The “Well at Walgreens” Multivitamins Women’s 50+ tablets are not in compliance with the Poison Prevention Packaging Act standards. The vitamins contain iron which can very be very harmful if swallowed by young children.

When dealing with dangerous or defective products, it has to be proven to be unreasonably dangerous in order for a company to be liable for it. There are three ways a product can be rendered unreasonably dangerous:

  • Manufacturing defect: Error during manufacturing or producing
  • Design defect: Faulty design
  • Warning label defect: Failure to warn of danger with product use by seller or manufacturer

If you or someone you know has suffered serious injury or even death because of a faulty or damaged product, let us help you. Call your St. Louis defective product attorneys today!

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Bicyclist Struck by Car, Critically Injured

A lot of people go for bicycle rides every day, sharing the road with vehicles of every kind. When you see someone riding a bike, it can be frustrating to have to wait for them, forgetting that they have to follow some of the same traffic rules that automobile drivers have to follow. And it can be very easy to miss seeing them entirely… until it is too late.

According to an article in St. Louis Today, a 21 year old man was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Page Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, in the Fountain Park neighborhood of St. Louis, early Wednesday morning. He was struck by a vehicle shortly after 7:30 am. He has been taken to the hospital in critical condition, while an accident reconstruction team is on the scene in the ongoing investigation to piece together the events surrounding the accident.

While anything can happen on the road, many times, a bicycle accident is caused due to negligence of automobile operators. Some of these types of negligence can be:

  • Turning into a bicyclist’s path
  • Failure to yield to a bicyclist
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Inattention to the road because of distraction
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

If you or someone you know has been involved in a bicycle accident, your St. Louis personal injury accident attorneys want to help. Call us today!

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