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Driver Causes Hit and Run With Children in Truck


A driver left a semi and fled on foot with two children after being involved in a hit and run with multiple vehicles in Daytona Beach. Midafternoon the driver of the semi hit three cars in an intersection before driving away from the scene. It was when law enforcement attempted to pull over the driver that a chase began and the officer could hear a child yelling for help from the inside of the semi.

As the officer continued to pursue the semi, the driver drove at excessive speeds running red lights and hit another vehicle in the process. Eventually, the driver ditched the truck taking the two children, 7 and 9-year-old later identified as his, with him and fleeing into a brushy area. Law enforcement rescued the children first returning them to their mother with little injury. The driver was later apprehended after being spotted by a helicopter. The incident led to the charges of two counts of hit-and-run with injuries, aggravate child abuse, and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

Sadly, the Missouri Department of Public Safety reports that there are more than 10,000 commercial truck accidents in the state yearly. These massive trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds which often lead to fatal injuries when involved in an accident. We here at Meyerkord & Kurth are passionate about recovering the maximum compensation possible for our clients. Often victims and their families suffer a great deal much of which cannot be undone or fixed.

Our personal injury attorneys are devoted to holding truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for the underlying cause of an accident. Common causes are driver distraction, improperly loaded or unsecured, driver fatigue, negligent hiring, drunk driving, defective auto parts, drugged driving, inadequately maintained vehicles. Our firm fights for our clients and will aggressively pursue claims with the necessary resources and experience needed. The first step is a case evaluation; you can fill out a form on our website or call us for a free initial consult.

Meyerkord & Kurth is a law firm of Super Lawyers. What this means is that we have an attorney on our team that has been recognized as a top attorney in Missouri. This recognition is a huge accomplishment and is only earned by an attorney passing a patented, multi-phase selection process. A process that includes peer nominations, peer evaluations, and third-party research. This achievement is also narrowed to lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been practicing for ten years or less. We take pride in the personal injury attorneys that make up our firm. If you or a loved one has endured personal injury due to the negligence of another, please contact our St. Louis office today so that we can confidently provide you answers to questions you may have.

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