Three residents of Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri were injured in a Pulaski County Missouri tractor trailer accident on I-44. The Pulaski County Missouri truck accident occurred on the evening of July 9, 2011.
The accident began as truck driver Carlos A. Lopes, 61, changed lanes in a 1998 Freightliner. The rear axle in the towed section of the truck smashed into the side of a 2005 Mazda. The Madza, driven by 21-year-old Amber L. Castleberry of Ft. Leonard Wood, drove off the side of the roadway because of the impact. The Mazda and its occupants slammed into a tree.
Castleberry and her occupant Cameron M. Castleberry, 21, sustained moderate injuries in the accident. An infant less than a year old named Cadence L. Castleberry was injured in the Missouri truck accident. All three injured people were taken to Ft. Wood Hospital by Pulaski County ambulance.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched a serious effort to reduce the number of Missouri trucking accidents. A major part of that effort is determining the preventability of accidents. The FMCSA’s preventability analysis is designed to help truck drivers and motor carriers prevent future accidents. Preventability analysis focuses on the facts in the motor carrier’s accident register. The accident register is reviewed in light of all the facts related to the cause of the individual accident.
While each accident is analyzed individually, there are certain types of accidents that are typically classified as preventable. Most accidents that occur while the truck driver is passing are classified as preventable. Accidents while passing are definitely preventable if the truck driver failed to warn the accident victim of the intent to pass. If the truck driver passed while the view was obstructed by foliage, a hill, or adverse weather conditions, the accident is considered preventable.
The FMCSA provides preventability analysis so that motor carriers and truck drivers can devise methods to prevent future accidents. Preventability analysis may serve another purpose for truck accident victims. If an accident was preventable according to the FMCSA, a truck accident victim may have an easier time proving that the accident was caused by negligence.