Paul A. Barker, 94, was sent to Northeast Regional Medical Center after an Adair County Missouri truck accident. The Missouri truck accident occurred on October 12, 2011 at 10:50am. The Missouri truck accident began as Barker turned a 1999 Ford onto Missouri Highway 6, just two mile east of Kirksville, Missouri. As Barker turned, a 1993 Peterbilt tractor trailer crashed into the passenger side of Barker’s vehicle.
Barker suffered moderate injuries as a result of the Missouri side impact truck accident, even though he wore a seat belt during the accident. There were no reported injuries for 64 year old truck driver John M. Smith of Kirksville, Missouri.
Missouri broadside trucking accidents occur when a large commercial motor vehicle such as a tractor trailer or semi-truck crashes into a passenger vehicle. Missouri broadside truck accidents often have devastating consequences for the occupants of passenger vehicles. Side impact truck accidents account for more than 15% of fatalities resulting from multi-vehicle large truck accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Passenger vehicles – such as cars, SUVs, minivans – are ill equipped to handle side impact collisions with tractor trailers. Side curtain airbags provide some protection for passenger vehicles occupants. However, the side curtain airbags may not be able to absorb the tremendous forces caused by an impact with a large tractor trailer. Moreover, side curtain airbags are not standard safety features for all passenger vehicles. Older passenger vehicles may not have side curtain airbags as an option.
Whether a Missouri side impact trucking accident kills or seriously injures an accident victim may be related to the initial point of impact and the seating arrangement of the occupants in the passenger vehicle. For example, if the initial point of impact is the passenger side of the vehicle and a passenger vehicle occupant is adjacent to the collision, the accident is likely to result in a fatality. If the initial point of impact is the passenger side and the passenger vehicle is only occupied by a driver, a fatality may be less likely. However, that driver may still suffer physical injuries from the impact, as evidenced by the above accident.