A tractor-trailer accident killed a 76-year-old man on Tuesday morning. The accident happened near the northwest town of Trenton, Missouri, which is located about 4 hours from St. Louis. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 76-year-old Ronald Davis was operating a tractor-trailer on Route A southbound when he lost control of the vehicle crossing the center line. Davis overcorrected the truck causing the trailer to jackknife, veering off the roadway and into a ditch. The truck and trailer overturned, ejecting Davis from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
In Missouri, it is estimated that around 10,000 auto accidents involving commercial trucks occur annually. These vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds causing a truck accident to have serious results. While tractor-trailer accidents are caused by numerous reasons, some of the most common causes include speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving, and driver fatigue. While negligent drivers may face criminal punishment, they can also be held accountable by filing a truck accident case. If you have been injured, or lost a loved one, in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damages, and pain and suffering.
The experienced St. Louis truck accident lawyers at Meyerkord & Kurth have handled thousands of accident cases. Our attorneys have over 95 years of experience and will execute a strategy to recover the compensation you deserve for your case. We will support you throughout the case and are available to answer questions promptly. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.