XtDsXed-16The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified Ronald Schuh, of Pevely, as the deceased victim involved in an automobile collision which occurred early yesterday morning in St. Louis County. According to the highway patrol, Mr. Schuh was driving northbound on Highway 270 when another northbound motorist, Emily Davis, of Fenton, changed lanes and clipped Mr. Schuh’s 2010 Hyundai Accent sending it across all lanes until it eventually traveled off the highway and overturned. Ronald, age 37, was sadly pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

While the investigation continues, it is likely Ms. Davis improperly changed lanes, passed and/or followed Mr. Schuh’s vehicle too closely, all in violation of Missouri’s Rules of the Road. While such violations alone are evidence of negligence, a proper investigation often leads to the discovery of additional choices made by an at-fault driver which demonstrate an increased level of carelessness. The State of Missouri requires motorists driving on its highways to use the “highest degree of care” when operating a motor vehicle. The “highest degree of care” is that degree of care that a very careful or prudent person would use under the same or similar circumstances. Drivers often deliberately violate this standard by making irresponsible choices while driving, such as texting or talking on their cell phone, or shuffling through their CD’s or iPOD song lists.

We need to ensure Missouri at-fault drivers are held accountable for negligent actions, especially when these actions involve deliberate and careless choices which place the safety of others at risk. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, it is important to contact a St. Louis car accident lawyer to protect yourself and others in our community by holding negligent and careless drivers accountable for irresponsible decisions. Call us at (314) 862-7805.