A tractor-trailer accident on Sunday evening resulted in the death of three people in Missouri. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a driver operating a tractor-trailer was traveling on Interstate 44 when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median, and collided with a minivan. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured in the accident. Unfortunately, three occupants of the minivan were killed in the crash. The victims are 57-year-old Bonnie Ranney, 58-year-old Mark Ranney, and 85-year-old Mary Ensign. The Patrol has launched a full investigation in order to determine the cause. It is unknown if the driver will be charged for the accident.
Tractor-trailer accidents are often severe resulting in injuries that can be life-altering. What’s worse is that thousands of victims are killed in tractor-trailer accidents every year. Drivers that operate commercial trucks are required to obtain a CDL, commercial driver’s license, to ensure that they are properly trained and aware of the dangers of operating a vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Tragically, truck accidents often occur due to the reckless and negligent behavior of the driver. Driving while fatigued, speeding, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are often responsible for many truck accidents. However, dangerous roadways, vehicle design flaws, and mechanical designs can also cause a truck accident. Those injured in truck accidents should exercise their rights to seek legal guidance by contacting an experienced truck accident lawyer.
The St. Louis truck accident attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have the reputation for successfully handling accident cases. Our attorneys have recovered over $350 million in compensation for our clients. We believe your safety is the top priority and when it is compromised, we will fight for your rights to justice. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, it is important to contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation.