Lathrop, MO (November 24, 2020) – A traffic collision between two trucks on Missouri Route 116 resulted in a single fatality in the early morning hours of Monday, November 23rd.
Official statements indicate that, at about 5:25 a.m., a 2004 GMC utility truck was heading westbound along MO-116 when, for reasons that have yet to be determined, the driver swerved into the eastbound lanes of traffic where he struck the side of a 2020 Kenworth tractor-trailer as it drove onto the shoulder in an attempt to avoid the collision.
The force of the impact caused the tractor-trailer operator to lose control of his vehicle, which then veered off the paved portion of the roadway and rolled over several times, throwing the driver from the cab.
The operator of the tractor-trailer, 44-year-old Benjamin G. Reed, a resident of Kansas City, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Clinton County Coroner.
The driver of the GMC, a 43-year-old man from Byrnes Mill, was unharmed during the incident.
Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Lathrop
With a victim total that climbs a little bit higher each year, more than 100,000 people are injured or killed during accidents involving tractor-trailers nationwide. Commercial trucks, because of their size, can be some of the most lethal vehicles on Missouri’s roadways.
Despite the overwhelming number of fatal and catastrophic accidents associated with these oversized vehicles, truck drivers are not always the ones responsible for a collision. Around 25% of all tractor-trailer involved accidents involve death or injury to the truck operator themselves.
The sheer size and weight of commercial trucks mean that they have a longer braking distance and large blind spots. They do not turn on a dime and are extremely hard to maneuver out of harm’s way should an unexpected situation arise. That is why it is imperative that drivers sharing the roadway with these massive vehicles give truck drivers plenty of space and follow the rules of the road.
At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we take an aggressive approach at helping our clients recover after being injured in accidents. Our Kansas City personal injury attorneys strive to help accident victims get the justice and compensation they deserve after being harmed in preventable accidents.
Our Kansas City, Missouri personal injury attorneys understand the mental and emotional challenges victims face after being harmed. The financial impacts only make recovering more difficult. Our team is wholly committed to spending significant time and efforts on helping victims maximize their recoveries and we have a track record to prove it. With thousands of successful claims, we have helped our clients obtain a total of $500 million in claims.
We will stop at nothing to ensure your legal rights are protected after being harmed. Contact our Kansas City accident attorneys by calling 1 (816) 683-3278 to see how our team can help you.
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