Drivers of all types of motor vehicles are expected to remain vigilant at all times in order to preserve their personal safety as well as the safety of others that they may encounter. However, those who drive tractor-trailers may need to be extra cautious as truck accidents can lead to serious injuries due to differences in size between them and more traditional passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, one woman is in critical condition after a recent collision with a tractor-trailer in Missouri.
Police say that the accident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. on a day in late January. The 51-year-old female victim was reportedly southbound on a Missouri highway at the time of the collision. Reports indicate that her vehicle was struck by a northbound tractor-trailer.
The force of the collision caused the truck to separate from its trailer. The woman was transported to the hospital in an ambulance as a result of the serious injuries she suffered in the collision. While it is unclear if criminal charges are expected to be filed, police say that the incident remains under investigation.
Unfortunately, victims of truck accidents often face a long road to recovery. While they receive necessary, and often expensive, medical treatment, they may be unable to work. The combination of loss of wages and medical bills can create serious financial complications in a time that is already filled with stress. Fortunately, victims in Missouri have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney experienced with such claims can help these victims better understand the process, including identifying all parties who may potentially hold some degree of accountability.
Source: stjosephpost.com, "Police ID Kansas woman injured in 59 Highway crash", Jan. 30, 2017