A 15-year old boy from Turley, Oklahoma suffered serious injuries Tuesday night in a hit-and-run truck accident near Springfield, Missouri. This truck accident in Missouri occurred at about 10:50 p.m., January 18, 20100 as the boy walked along the shoulder of Interstate 44, west of Springfield. Apparently, the tractor-trailer hit the boy, then hit a red wrecker truck before leaving the scene of the accident, traveling westbound. According to Missouri highway patrol, the hit-and-run truck driver was driving a white tractor and hauling a box trailer. It is believed the semi-truck may have red paint markings on it. The boy remains in the hospital, although there is no update on the extent of his injuries.
Under Missouri law, the driver of this truck had a legal obligation to stop and render aid to the victim while waiting for officials to arrive. In Missouri, statute 577.060 makes it illegal for one to to leave the scene of an accident where there is injury to a person or damage to property. In fact. Here, this truck driver could be facing a class D felony.
In this particular instance it is not yet clear why the driver left the scene of the accident, however a search is underway for this truck driver. We certainly hope the driver will be apprehended, especially for the sake of this young victim. An array of unique legal issues can come with a truck accident, most especially one where the driver left the scene. Several parties may be liable in this particular trucking accident, such as the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the shipping company and, of course, the driver.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a commercial truck, you could benefit from speaking with a Missouri personal injury lawyer. Whether the accident involved serious injuries or fatalities, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation and protect your legal rights. The truck driver who struck this boy outside Springfield should be held legally, financially, and morally culpable for his actions.