Truck Driver Convicted of Causing Fatal Missouri Accident
September 4, 2012
A 27-year-old Marthasville, Missouri, truck driver was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and driving with a suspended license after causing a motor vehicle accident that claimed the lives of a mother and daughter. Reports from KMOV 4 News say the crash happened in July 2009 along Highway D.
Court documents show the truck driver was traveling eastbound along the highway and driving faster than the posted limit of 30 MPH when the 24-ton bulldozer he was hauling on a flatbed trailer came loose and fell into the road. The piece of construction equipment then hit a vehicle that was following the truck, seriously injuring an 86-year-old woman and her 63-year-old daughter. Both women died of complications associated with their injuries several months following the St. Louis truck accident.
Prosecutors showed the truck driver was traveling too fast at the time of the accident and had more than 24 safety issues with the truck he was driving, including bad tires and unfit brakes. More important, the state’s attorneys showed the driver did not properly secure the massive bulldozer to the trailer prior to the accident.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers say that truck drivers have a responsibility to keep other motorists safe, partially by ensuring that their loads are always properly secured. That’s why the firm would tell anyone who has been injured due to an accident involving a commercial vehicle to discuss their legal options with an attorney before talking to an insurance adjuster.