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Truck Driver Fails to Yield and Causes Fatal Missouri Truck Accident

A teenager from Maitland, Missouri died in a fatal Missouri truck accident on November 4, 2011 at 10:25am. The deadly Missouri truck accident injured another young person, who was hospitalized after the collision.

Teenager Michael R. Shoop, 19, was driving eastbound on Route M in a 2003 Oldsmobile. An out-of-state truck driver failed to properly yield to Shoop’s vehicle. The truck driver slammed a 2006 Freightliner into the driver’s side of Shoop’s Oldsmobile. The Oldsmobile was totaled in the Missouri truck accident.

Shoop was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Nodaway County Coroner Dr. Vince Shelby. Shoop’s next of kin has been notified. Joseph C. Shoop, an occupant, suffered moderate injuries in the Missouri truck accident. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital by Nodaway County EMS.

The surviving victims of a fatal Missouri truck accident face terrible circumstances. The truck accident victims must grieve the loss of someone who was likely a family member or a close friend. If the truck accident victims were occupants when the accident occurred, they may suffer from an irrational sense of guilt about not being able to prevent an accident that was caused by a truck driver outside of their control. If the truck accident victims were driving when the accident occurred, they must grieve and deal with the complications of having a destroyed vehicle.

The emotional consequences of a fatal Missouri truck accident may be severe. Ideally, surviving truck accidents would have time to process and heal after such a dramatic life event. Unfortunately, trucking companies and insurance companies may still pressure a truck accident victim to accept a low settlement. Defendant companies may offer lowball settlements to surviving truck accident victims in hopes that the accident victims would quickly accept to avoid having to discuss the accident.

Surviving truck accident victims should protect their interests by engaging the services of an experienced Missouri truck accident attorney. The attorney will understand how to interact with insurance companies, who often are solely concerned with their financial bottom line. Allowing an attorney to interface and negotiate with the insurance company may be able to provide the truck accident victim with much needed privacy.