Lisa G. Hamilton of Albany, Missouri was seriously injured in a Missouri side collision trucking accident on April 26, 2011 at 2:02pm. The Missouri truck accident occurred in Harrison County, Missouri.
Hamilton drove on eastbound US-136 at US-69, 1 mile west of Bethany, in a 2005 Dodge Caravan. Truck driver Stanley G. Bridger failed to yield at a stop sign in a massive 2007 Peterbilt Conventional Tractor-Trailer. Bridger pulled directly into Hamilton’s path. The vehicles crashed in a Missouri side collision truck accident, causing extensive damage to both vehicles. Both vehicles came to rest on their wheels after impact.
Hamilton was seriously injured in the Missouri truck accident. NTA Ambulance transported Hamilton to Harrison County Community Hospital. Whether Hamilton wore a safety belt during the accident is unknown. She was assisted by the Sargent J.J. Rongey, Trooper T.B. Heintz, and the Bethany Police Department. There were no reported injuries for the truck driver.
Stopping at a stop sign, especially when there are other vehicles in the intersection, may be the simplest of driving mandates for Missouri drivers. Failure to stop at a stop sign creates a heightened risk of collisions and injuries, since other vehicles may enter the intersection at the same time. When a truck driver causes a Missouri truck accident by failing to stop at a stop sign, the court may submit punitive damages to deter that behavior in the future.
Punitive damages in a truck accident case are damages above and beyond that needed to compensate the accident victim for her injuries. Punitive damages are reserved for cases in which the truck driver’s conduct was deplorable. In Missouri, the courts may submit punitive damages against a negligent defendant who should have known his conduct created a high risk of injury, but showed disregard for the safety of others. Punitive damages may available in a truck driver negligence case because a truck driver should know that he creates a high risk of injury when fails to stop at a stop sign. When failing to stop at a stop sign, he knowingly violates a safety statute designed to protect the safety of drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Statistical Analysis Center, thousands of Missourians are injured each year in commercial motor vehicle crashes. Deterring truck drivers from engaging in negligent behavior is vital to decreasing the devastation caused by Missouri trucking accidents.
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