• 8-vehicle fatal truck accident in Missouri kills 2
• Mother and daughter rear-ended by semi-trailer truck
• 4 others injured in the deadly commercial truck accident
• 62-year-old truck driver charged with involuntary manslaughter
A fatal truck accident can seem even more tragic when it claims the life of not just one loved one, but two. That was the sad situation for a family in Central Missouri after a fatal truck accident killed a 50-year-old mother and her 27-year-old daughter. The double fatality occurred in the Lake Ozark area on a Wednesday afternoon in April and involved eight vehicles. The car that the mother and daughter were traveling in at the time was rear-ended by a semi-trailer truck.
The 62-year-old truck driver was not only injured in the truck accident, but was also arrested in the wake of the tragedy. Authorities are charging him with double counts of involuntary manslaughter in addition to one count of careless and imprudent driving.
There were few other details immediately available as to exactly how the commercial truck came to slam into the smaller car being driven by the mother and daughter who died.
Regardless of what circumstances may have led to the rear-end collision, drivers owe a reasonable duty of care to others who share the roads with them. This means that truck drivers must follow other vehicles at a safe distance and speed, based upon the elements and conditions at the time. When drivers fail to exercise that duty, they may find themselves facing criminal charges in the event that their actions are believed to lead to the death of another person.
If your family has been affected by a fatal truck accident, please consider calling our St. Louis personal injury law firm at 1-888-586-7041, toll-free. It is important to act quickly if you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, whether the accident concerns a tractor trailer, an 18-wheeler, big rig, or other commercial truck. We can discuss the facts of your case and arrange a free meeting to go into further details on your rights under the law, as well as how we might be able to help you. You may decide that a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver and trucking company employing the driver may be a good option in your case. This could help you obtain financial reimbursement to pay for medical, funeral, or other related expenses. While it can’t bring back a lost loved one, it may help gain you some financial peace of mind as you grieve that person’s loss.
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