12 year old Austin C. Tipton was injured in a Greene County Missouri side collision truck accident on September 13, 2011 at 3:20pm. 48 year old Lorie R. Tipton was also injured in the Missouri side collision truck accident.
The accident occurred as Missouri truck driver Frank D. Arnall of Ash Grove attempted to pass the Tipton vehicle on Evergreen Road, near Strafford. Arnall was operating a 1998 Peterbilt tractor trailer. Lorie Tipton made a left turn in a 2008 Chevrolet. The tractor trailer slammed into the side of the Tipton.
The Tiptons were taken to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri for medical treatment. Both Lorie Tipton and Austin Tipton wore a seatbelt during the Missouri side collision truck accident. The highway patrol did not report any injuries for the truck driver. The Chevrolet driven by Lorie Tipton was totaled.
When a semi-truck or tractor trailer crashes into the side of a smaller vehicle, the smaller vehicle and its occupants are at a great disadvantage. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), less than 200 large truck occupants died in multivehicle traffic accidents in 2009. More than 2,500 other vehicle occupants died in fatal truck accidents that same year.
Crash reports for Missouri side collision truck accidents further evidence the disparity between large truck occupants and other vehicle occupants. Occupants of the passenger cars may be transported to the hospital for medical treatment while the commercial truck driver is not injured. The passenger car may be totaled while the tractor trailer sustains lesser damage.
Passenger cars, light trucks, and SUVs are not designed to withstand Missouri side collision truck accidents. Structural safety features like crumple zones protect the interior of the vehicle from front- and rear-impact collisions, not side collisions. Occupants of the passenger vehicle in a side collision truck accident are likely to sustain injuries. Side impact airbags are still not standard in many vehicles. Sometimes, a car door is all that stands between the passenger car occupant and the tractor trailer. Side impact truck accident victims who sustain serious injuries should obtain medical treatment and legal representation to deal with the consequences of the accident.