Derek L Smith of Willow Springs, Missouri was injured on Saturday, January 27th 2018 at 4:15 am in Gasconade County, Missouri. Smith is a 20-year-old man.
In the crash, Smith was a driver. The crash happened here: U.s. 50 0.1 mile east of Fowler Road. The police described the crash like this:
CRASH OCCURRED AS VEHICLE 1 [THE 2007 TOYOTA CAMRY DRIVEN BY DEREK SMITH] CROSSED THE CENTER LINE INTO THE PATH OF VEHICLE 2 [THE 1998 FORD ESCORT DRIVEN BY JERRI MISTLER]. VEHICLE 2 [THE 1998 FORD ESCORT DRIVEN BY JERRI MISTLER] STRUCK VEHICLE 1 [THE 2007 TOYOTA CAMRY DRIVEN BY DEREK SMITH]
Smith's injuries were minor. Smith was taken by ambulance to Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City.
The police said the damage to the 2007 Toyota Camry driven by Derek Smith was total. It was removed by Triple L Towing Owensville. The damage to the 1998 Ford Escort driven by Jerri Mistler was total. It was also removed by Triple L Towing Owensville.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
Trooper T W Decramer of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 180052324 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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Smith 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 Smith 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.
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