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Two Residents Killed In Truck Accident

Melva N. Turner and Eugene H. Turner of Joplin, Missouri were killed in a fatal Jasper County Missouri trucking accident on August 23, 2011 at 3:52pm. The Jasper County Missouri truck accident resulted in moderate injuries for a third man from Diamond, Missouri.

The accident occurred as Eugene Turner attempted to cross Highway 59 in a 2004 Buick LeSabre. As Turner crossed the highway, a 1999 Kenworth Straight Truck slammed into the side of Turner’s vehicle. The Kenworth truck then travelled off the roadway and overturned. Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel pronounced Eugene and Melva Turner dead after responding to the scene. Truck driver James W. Body transported to McCune Brooks Hospital in Carthage, Missouri with moderate injuries.

Missouri side collision truck accidents may result in serious injuries or fatalities. When a massive tractor trailer crashes into the side of the passenger vehicle, the passenger vehicle occupants often suffer immensely. Semi-trucks are much larger than standard cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs. While all vehicles involved in a side collision truck accident absorb the shock of the impact, the forces of proportionally much stronger for small vehicles.

Fatalities and serious injuries may result from what occurs after the major impact of a Missouri side collision truck. The passenger vehicle and the tractor trailer may rollover after they collide. Either vehicle may be pushed into oncoming traffic. The forces of the impact may push a vehicle onto a sidewalk. The risk of serious injury or death during and after impact in a side collision truck accident is high.

Determining liability in a Missouri side collision truck accident may be difficult because numerous factors cause that type of Missouri truck accident. Factors that lead to side collision truck accidents are: driving at a speed higher than the posted speed limit, driving while distracted, driving while intoxicated, mechanical failure, and brake failure. A skilled Missouri truck accident lawyer will investigate the facts of an accident victim’s case to find evidence of negligence.