Two Edgerton residents were killed in a Clinton County Missouri truck accident that occurred on December 1, 2011. Two other Edgerton residents were seriously injured. The fatal Missouri truck accident occurred at the intersection of Missouri highway 116 and U.S. highway 69, roughly four miles east of Lathrop, Missouri.
The accident victims traveled in a 1995 Honda Accord driven by Larry R. Cockriel, 66, on eastbound MO-116. A 2006 International Conventional driven by an out of state truck driver failed to stop at a stop sign as it drove northbound on US-69. The Honda crashed into the trailer in the intersection. The Honda came to rest lodged underneath the trailer of the International.
Cockriel and occupant Carol J. Cockriel, 66, were pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal Missouri truck accident. Two other occupants in the Honda were seriously injured in the accident. 15 year old Draven M. Cockriel of Edgerton was taken to Liberty Hospital by Tri-County Ambulance. Draven Cockriel was later transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital. 59 year old Wendy S. Wall of Liberty, Missouri was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital by Lifenet Helicopter. Wall was the only occupant in the Honda who wore a seatbelt during the Missouri stop sign truck accident.
Fatal truck accidents leave tragedy in their wake. The families left behind have to deal with the flood of negative emotions associated with the loss of a loved one. Deadly traffic accidents happen occur suddenly, meaning families have to make unexpected decisions while grieving. Families may have to worry about funeral arrangements. If the family depended on the accident victim for an income, the family may grow anxious about their ability to pay for their living expenses. No family should ever be put in this position because of a negligent truck accident.
The laws of Missouri aim to help families put in this position through its wrongful death statute. Missouri statute 537.080 allows the families of accident victims to obtain compensation for a wrongful death. A wrongful death is a death that is caused by the negligent or wrongful conduct of another. When an accident victim is killed in an accident caused by a truck driver’s failure to simply stop at a stop sign, the family left is able to file a wrongful death claim.