Bourbon Township, MO (November 16, 2022) – A traffic accident took place in Boone County that claimed the lives of two men on Monday afternoon. Calls for help came in at around 1:20 p.m. on November 14.
According to preliminary investigations from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the driver of a 1980 GMC E6500 was slowing down in the right lane on the northbound side of US Highway 63 when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2018 Kenworth T880 just north of Route NN. Both vehicles were totaled as a result of the crash.
Two people suffered fatal injuries due to the crash. The victims were identified as 60-year-old Carl McDonald of Fayette, Missouri, and 72-year-old Danny Stidham of Harrisburg, Missouri. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the collision.
We offer our condolences to the families of Carl McDonald and Danny Stidham at this time.
Fatal Truck Accidents in Missouri
Crashes in the state of Missouri often have devastating consequences. Regrettably, when semi-trucks and commercial vehicles are involved in these accidents, the chances of severe and fatal injuries are drastically increased. Each year, more than 1000 people die as a result of traffic accidents in the state of Missouri. Regrettably, rear-end collisions make up a significant number of crashes that claim the lives of innocent people in our state each year.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the high rate of rear-end collisions involving semi-trucks. First, the size and weight of semi-trucks make them difficult to stop quickly. Semi-trucks require up to 40% more distance to stop than a passenger vehicle, even when both are traveling at the same speed.
Another factor that is common in fatal rear-end truck accidents is driver fatigue. Due to long hours on the road, many truck drivers suffer from sleep deprivation, which can impair their ability to drive safely.
Lastly, poor road conditions can also contribute to rear-end collisions involving semi-trucks. Icy or wet roads make it even harder for trucks to stop quickly, while potholes and other obstacles can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle.
If your loved one has died as a result of a fatal accident, you may have legal options available to help your family secure financial compensation for funeral arrangements and various other damages. A Bourbon Township wrongful death lawyer can help your family get justice after losing your loved one.
Our team at Peterson & Associates, P.C. takes great pride in our ability to pursue legal action on behalf of our clients aggressively. For more than three decades, we have fought to defend the legal rights of families who have lost loved ones due to negligence. Our team will stand by your side throughout the legal process and demand timely compensation to alleviate the financial burdens you face. You can depend on our team to fight fearlessly to ensure you are able to get justice. Schedule a free consultation by reaching out to our team today at 816-888-8888.
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