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Pedestrian Killed By Tractor Trailer On I-44

A Missouri pedestrian was killed in a Missouri trucking accident on April 5, 2011 at 4:40am in Newtown County, Missouri.

Michael L. Shulz, a 27-year-old from Duenweg, Missouri, was walking along westbound I-44 just outside of Joplin, Missouri early Tuesday morning. As he was walking, he was hit by a 2003 Freightliner Tractor Trailer driven by Curtis C. Dixon, 32, of El Paso, Texas.

Shulz was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Lee Ireland. There was no injury reported for the truck driver. The tractor trailer was driven from the scene with moderate damage. The authorities tested the truck driver for impairment. This Missouri truck accident is the 21st fatality for Troop D in 2011.

Missouri pedestrian accidents often result fatalities and serious injuries because a pedestrian is unprotected from the strong forces of a collision. When a pedestrian is hit by a truck, the potential for serious injury is even greater. Missouri truck accidents and pedestrians are too often a fatal combination.

Courts review many factors when determining fault in Missouri semi-truck accidents. The courts monitor factors including the location of the impact, the speed of the tractor trailer, the truck driver’s schedule, and the condition of the roadway during the accident. Proving fault in an accident case is a complex endeavor. Moreover, attorneys for the trucking company and the trucking insurance company will try to reduce their losses as much as possible. An accident victim without experienced, knowledgeable legal representation may have a difficult time fighting for the full compensation that he or she deserves.