Joe A Swofford of Ava, Missouri was injured on Wednesday, February 14th 2018 at 3:10 pm in Douglas County, Missouri. Swofford is a 18-year-old man.
The crash happened here: MO 5 2 miles south of Ava.
In the crash, Swofford was a driver. The police described the crash like this:
ACCIDENT OCCURRED AS BOTH VEHICLES WERE SOUTHBOUND ON MO5. VEHICLE #1 DROVE INTO THE REAR OF VEHICLE #2 AS VEHICLE #2 WAS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A LEFT HAND TURN
Swofford's injuries were moderate. Swofford was taken by Cox Air Ambulance to Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo.
The police said the damage to the 2004 Chevrolet Truck driven by Joe Swofford was total. It was removed by Jims Body Shop Ava Mo. The damage to the 2014 Peterbilt Semi Tractor driven by Norman Mings was moderate.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
Sergeant L S Elliott of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 180090768 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.
I obtained the information prompting this solicitation from the Missouri State Highway Patrol website.
Swofford 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 Swofford 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