A Missouri tractor trailer accident sent a man from St. Joseph and a woman from Independence when a tractor trailer ran a stop sign. The Missouri truck accident occurred on June 7, 2011 at 2:06pm.
The accident occurred at the Carmack Junction of US-169 at US-136, 4 miles west of Albany, Missouri. Truck driver John C. Parmenter of Albany, Missouri began the accident when he failed to stop a 2001 International Truck Model 2545 at a stop sign. Parmenter drove the massive tractor trailer through the intersection into traffic. A 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Mickey L. McCaray of St. Joseph, Missouri struck the passenger side of the tractor trailer. The motorcycle was totaled. The tractor trailer sustained minor damage.
Both motorcyclists were injured in the accident. McCaray sustained moderate injuries. He was taken to Northwest Medical Center by Grand River ambulance. Motorcycle passenger Mandalena G. Juarbe was seriously injured in the accident. Lifenet transported her to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri.
An accident victim’s injuries after a Missouri tractor trailer motorcycle accident are often severe. When a massively tractor trailer crashes into a motorcycle, there is a high risk of Missouri serious injury and death. In one Benton County accident, a Missouri motorcyclist suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the accident. The accident victim in that case reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the truck driver’s insurance company.
Truck accident victims can sue trucking companies even if the truck driver’s individual negligence or recklessness caused the Missouri truck accident. The doctrine of respondeat superior makes employers legally responsible for the negligence of their employees if the employee was acting within the scope of employment. That doctrine makes trucking companies legally responsible for injuries resulting from truck driver negligence. Respondeat superior is a form of vicarious liability, in which one party is legally responsible for the actions of another.
For example, if a truck driver causes an accident by negligently running a stop sign, the truck accident victims could obtain compensation for their injuries from the trucking company. Respondeat superior helps victims become fully compensated for their injuries, since trucking companies often have a better ability to pay than their drivers.