Unfortunately, no one is completely immune to the dangers of roadway collisions. Though some people are able to walk away from accidents with little to no injury, those involved in truck accidents are often seriously injured. A respected Missouri high school wrestling and football coach was recently killed in one such accident.
The crash occurred on a stretch of Interstate 29 on April 19. Witnesses say that the driver of the tractor-trailer headed north lost control of his rig. The truck then slid into the southbound lane, striking the victim’s car. Two other cars were also hit by the truck. Police did not state what caused the truck driver to lose control of his vehicle.
Tragically, the injuries inflicted on the victim were too severe, and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Three other people, including the victim’s 3-year-old daughter, suffered minor injuries. They were all taken to the hospital. Reports did not indicate whether the truck driver was injured.
Though nothing can replace the life of the victim, his family could file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court against the truck driver and the trucker’s employer. If their lawsuit could successfully prove the truck driver negligent, they could then be awarded monetary damages that could help pay for funeral costs and any other financial losses related to the crash. Similarly, the others who were injured could file personal injury claims to try to gain damages. Any Missouri residents injured in truck accidents could consult experienced personal injury attorneys to learn more information about filing lawsuits.
Source: kshb.com, “West Platte High School football coach dies in crash on Interstate 29“, Josh Helmuth, April 20, 2017