Carol A Smith of Branson, Missouri was injured on Tuesday, January 30th 2018 at 8:30 am in Christian County, Missouri. Smith is a 66-year-old woman.
The crash happened here: Hwy 65 2 miles south of Ozark.
In the crash, Smith was a driver. The police described the crash like this:
VEHICLE 1 [THE 2011 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN DRIVEN BY CHRISTOPHER GAUT] SLOWED IN TRAFFIC AND WAS STRUCK IN THE REAR BY VEHICLE 2 [THE 2011 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY DRIVEN BY CAROL SMITH]
Smith's injuries were moderate. Smith was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
The police said the damage to the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Christopher Gaut was extensive. It was removed by Ozark Mountain Towing of Branson. The damage to the 2011 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Carol Smith was extensive. It was removed by Ozark Tire and Auto of Highlandville.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
Trooper L Rawson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 180058722 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.
Photo credit: Missouri State Highway Patrol