Kanak H Mehta of Round Lake Park, Illinois was injured on Friday, January 26th 2018 at 6:58 pm in Schuyler County, Missouri. Mehta is a 59-year-old woman.
The crash happened here: US 136 3 miles east of Lancaster.
In the crash, Mehta was a passenger. The police described the crash like this:
VEHICLE 1 [THE 2017 DODGE CARAVAN DRIVEN BY HITESHKUMAR MEHTA] PULLED INTO WESTBOUND LANE TO OVERTAKE ANOTHER VEHICLE AND STRUCK VEHICLE 2 [THE 2009 FORD F 150 PICKUP DRIVEN BY SHAUN KELSO] HEAD-ON
Mehta's injuries were minor. Mehta was taken by Schuyler County Ambulance to northeast Regional Medical Center.
The police said the damage to the 2017 Dodge Caravan driven by Hiteshkumar Mehta was total. It was removed by Lakeside Towing. The damage to the 2009 Ford F 150 Pickup driven by Shaun Kelso was total. It was also removed by Lakeside Towing.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
Trooper Crose of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 180051480 to this crash. The highway patrol charges $5.75 for each certified report (certification required for court). But you can call 877-925-1969 to request a free copy of the report. The highway patrol is currently backlogged and they state on their website that you will have to wait 10 days and may have to wait an "extended period of time" beyond that for the report. Further, unless you qualify under the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act, the report you get will have important and necessary information such as photographs, social security numbers, driver license numbers, names, addresses and telephone numbers redacted or blacked out.
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Mehta may have an insurance claim. A lawyer will maximize the amount collected from the insurance company. In most cases, injured people can recover money for their medical bills, lost wages, and for their pain and suffering—even if a family member was driving. Getting a lawyer working on this case early will allow Mehta to receive advice about preserving and gathering evidence and the value of their claim, which will help with the recovery. For more information watch How Insurance Companies Take Advantage of the Little Guy.
Photo credit: Missouri State Highway Patrol