Fatal Missouri tractor trailer accidents are in the news again. But this time, in a strange twist, Missouri Truck Accident Lawyers note that it was the driver of the passenger vehicle who was at fault. On July 6 at approximately 4pm, a fatal truck accident occurred on Missouri Route 51 in Perry County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, William R. Meyer, 62, was heading north in his 1999 Chrysler. Suddenly, he crossed into the southbound lane--striking a tractor trailer head on.
As is usually the case when big rigs such as semis and tractor trailers collide with passenger vehicles, the driver of the truck emerged with only minor injuries. He was taken to Perry County Memorial hospital.
But Meyer and his passenger, John R. O'Connor, 61, were both killed. Perry County coroner Herb Miller pronounced them dead at the scene. There has been no word about what caused Meyer to cross onto the wrong side of the road, no mention of alcohol involvement or distracted driving. All parties were wearing their seat belts, which was probably fortunate for the truck driver.
Perhaps we will never know what happened in this tragic truck accident.
However, this accident serves as a powerful reminder to drive defensively and alertly, because you never know when something like this might happen. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports you have 30% chance of being involved in a serious car crash or truck accident in your lifetime.
We have written many posts focusing on how to prevent tractor trailer accidents, and how to safely share the road with these huge behemoths. They are vitally important to our economy, and yet their very presence on the road is also a serious danger. A tractor trailer might weigh up to 80,000 pounds; their very size can pulverize a small passenger vehicle in a collision. They are also less maneuverable than cars, and take much longer to stop.
But in this case, the trucker was not even remotely at fault, and probably could have done nothing to prevent the accident from occurring. Missouri truck accident lawyers want to remind all drivers in Perry County and the rest of the state that there are things you can do to avoid causing accidents like this one:
- Stay alert--don't drive when exhausted or drowsy
- Don't text and drive, or make phone calls while driving.
- Keep your eyes and attention focused on the road at all times.
- Be aware of semi trucks and tractor trailers in your immediate vicinity--give them a wide berth.
- Obviously, do not drive under the influence. This includes any prescription medications or over the counter drugs which have drowsiness as a side effect.
- Always wear your safety belt. Although seat belt use did not save the two victims of this tractor trailer collision, it has been proven time and time again to save lives and decrease the severity of injuries if you are in an accident.
If you are one of the many motorists injured in a serious truck accident, don't go it alone. Trucking firms usually have very aggressive risk managers who try to minimize the trucking companies liability. The Missouri truck accident attorneys at Aaron Sachs have helped victims of truck accidents. We offer a free consultation with no obligation at any of our four Missouri offices. Attorney meetings by appointment only.
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