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Deadly I-44 Truck Accident Leaves One Dead

Truck accidents can be more deadly than automobile accidents because their size makes them all but unstoppable. This accident in Springfield, Missouri, left one dead and the tractor-trailer burning at the base of an embankment on I-44.

According to a news report in the Springfield News-Leader, the collision occurred when

…one tractor-trailer was sitting on the shoulder of I-44 and the second hit it and ran through a guardrail….The tractor-trailer that went off the road was a westbound 1999 Freightliner from a trucking company in Indiana, police said. It drifted onto the shoulder and tried to correct but sideswiped a 2009 Kenworth tractor-trailer from a trucking company in California.

After traveling through the guardrail, the Freightliner then went down the embankment where it was still fully engulfed when it came to rest on its top, the release said.

The driver was the sole occupant and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating why the Freightliner drifted onto the shoulder.

When people suffer catastrophic injuries and wrongful death in trucking accidents, the lawyers at The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson work hard to identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable. The Law Offices of Frank Branson is not involved in this case.

Whether the cause is driver fatigue, improper truck maintenance, and/or improper screening, training and supervision of drivers, the Dallas truck accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson have the experience, resources and technical abilities to figure out what happened and who should be held responsible. Mr. Branson is a recent recipient of the Teddy Roosevelt “Man in the Arena” award by the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA) in recognition of his successful courtroom track record  trying large truck wreck cases. APITLA is a national association of committed lawyers who have joined together to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices.