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Left-turn collision sends 8 people to hospital

Left turns on heavily traveled city streets spawn a disproportionate share of urban traffic accidents. Deciphering the causes of these accidents can also prove difficult for even experienced accident investigators. A left turn collision in Kansas City, Kansas on April 4 sent eight people to the hospital with a variety of injuries.

A Honda Pilot was headed south on South Seventh Street when it collided with a northbound Mercury Mountaineer. Police officers at the scene said that their first impression was that the southbound Pilot tried to make a left turn in front of the oncoming Mountaineer and crashed into the Mountaineer.

The Mountaineer was carrying seven people, including several children. Reports of the number of injuries varied, but police ultimately said that all seven people from the Mountaineer were taken to a nearby hospital. Police said that some of the occupants of the Mountaineer had critical injuries, but neither the exact number of injured persons nor the nature of the injuries was released by police. Some occupants were apparently taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The driver of the Honda Pilot was hospitalized in critical condition. He apparently was the sole occupant of that vehicle. Police are currently investigating the cause of the accident.

Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a similar motor vehicle accident may wish to consider starting a lawsuit to recover damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. A consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney can be a useful starting point. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the evidence, including medical records and any accident reconstruction report prepared by the police, and provide an estimate of the likelihood of succeeding in any such lawsuit.