A fatal truck accident that occurred on Highway 61 in Pike County just before 6 pm on Tuesday November 5 has claimed the life of the truck driver. The driver, a 53-year-old man from Bowling Green, was killed after his truck struck a guardrail and rolled over. According to law enforcement officials with the Missouri Highway Patrol, the deadly truck accident took place when the driver had, for some reason, suddenly veered to the left, which, in turn, caused the truck to collide with the guardrail. After hitting the guardrail, the driver apparently lost control of the truck, which fell down a steep embankment, hit another guardrail and then rolled over.
Authorities are currently investigating what had caused the truck driver to initially make the sudden turn to his left and have not made any official statements as to the suspected causes. Some possibilities, however, may be that:
- There was an animal or other object in the roadway.
- Another driver had cut off the truck driver and caused him to suddenly veer to the left to try to avoid a collision with other vehicles.
- The truck driver had not been paying attention to the road when he suddenly steered the truck towards the left.
- The truck driver had fallen asleep and unintentionally steered the truck towards the left.
- There was a steering malfunction in the truck that caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Additionally, driver intoxication may have been a factor in this fatal truck accident, and authorities have not yet definitively stated whether intoxication has (or has not) been ruled out.
In the event that the accident is found to have been caused – even in part – by another negligent driver or by a vehicle equipment malfunction, the family of the deceased truck driver will likely have a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.
St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a truck accident or have lost a loved one in a truck accident that may have been the result of another’s negligence or recklessness, contact the St. Louis truck accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
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