Laura L. Tanner of Puxico, Missouri suffered personal injuries in a motor vehicle collision with a 1994 Freightliner on March 7, 2012. The accident occurred on southbound U.S. Highway 67 at Lodi.
The Freightliner was driven by Robert E. Anderson of Bonne Terre, Missouri. Tanner drove a 2004 Hyundai. The two motor vehicles crashed in a rear end collision. The Hyundai crashed into the rear of the vehicle. After the collision, the Hyundai crossed the centerline of the roadway. The Hyundai eventually drove off the left side of the roadway.
Tanner suffered moderate personal injuries in the accident, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Tanner was taken to the Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital by ambulance.
Large commercial motor vehicles that are used in interstate commerce are regulated by the federal government. Federal motor carrier regulations require that commercial trucks are outfitted with certain features to prevent serious personal injury. Rear guards are a safety feature that the federal government requires in its effect to support highway safety.
Rear guards are designed to prevent underrides. Underrides occur when a smaller vehicle becomes lodged underneath a tractor trailer in a collision. Serious injuries are associated with underrides, including decapitation. Underrides dramatically increase the risk of serious injury in a Missouri tractor trailer accident.
Trucking companies have a responsibility to outfit their vehicles according to federal safety regulations. Trucking companies that fail to follow safety regulations may be held liable in a Missouri tractor trailer lawsuit. Experienced Missouri truck accident lawyers understand how to review a trucking company’s safety record to uncover previous safety violations.