A two vehicle car accident this morning took the life of a Stillwell, Kansas man according to the sheriff's office. The accident happened on Kansas Highway 68 and Osawatomie Road in Miami County. The driver of the other vehicle suffered no serious injuries. An investigation into the fatal crash will continue.
Even though back roads and rural areas don't get nearly the amount of traffic you find within the city limits, you still need to be cautiously aware of other vehicles and obstacles that may arise:
- Watch for the edge of the road. Rural roads have a tendency to dip off to the shoulder. If you feel your vehicle slip, it's best to slow down to safely get all tires back on the pavement.
- Curves and hills are the biggest detractor from sight lines.
- Pay close attention to speed limits, as they change frequently in and out of small towns.Not all railroad crossings have lights. When in doubt its best to stop, look and listen.
- Single car accidents almost always involve a car veering off the road and colliding with stationary objects such as trees or telephone polls.
According to the Kansas Department of Safety, the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents on rural roads is speeding.
The attorneys of the Roswold Law Group wish our deepest condolences to the victim's family. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we see the deadly effects of serious car crashes and would like all of our Kansas and Missouri drivers to keep this in mind as we travel area roadways. Be safe behind the wheel!