A Madison County Missouri trucking accident proved fatal for an 8 year old girl from Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The Missouri big rig accident injured three other Poplar Bluff residents.
James H. Murphy, a 54 year old truck driver from Arkansas, attempted to cross US-67 at Route C while traffic was in the intersection. Murphy slammed into the 2003 Ford containing the four accident victims. The Ford ran off the side of the roadway and overturned. The Ford was totaled in the accident.
8 year old Abby N. Burke died in the Missouri big rig accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by the Madison County Coroner Chris Follis. Three other people were injured. Ronald E. Daughhetee, 40, and Abby N. Burke, 17, were seriously injured. Melissa L. Daughhetee, 41, suffered moderate injuries. Ronald and Melissa Daughhetee were taken to Parkland Health Center in Farmington, Missouri by ambulance. Abby Burke was transported by Arch Helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital.
The death of a child is an unexpected, tragic event. Parents may be saddled with funeral expenses and medical bills during a time of enormous grief. Missouri law allows family members left behind to obtain compensation for losses related to the wrongful death. However, the circumstances that lead to a Missouri wrongful death lawsuit are emotionally trying.
The emotional difficulty of coping with the death of a loved one highlights the importance of obtaining an experienced Missouri truck accident lawyer when filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Missouri law limits the recovery of compensation for a wrongful death to the closest family members of the accident victim. As a result, the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit are often the most emotionally devastated by the accident. An experienced plaintiff’s lawyer is a vital component of a successful wrongful death claim.