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Failure to yield cited as cause in Missouri car accident

The process of coming onto and exiting highways can be difficult to maneuver and is often the site of accidents. When someone interferes with a large truck or tractor-trailer on a highway, any resulting accident may be considerable. Recently in Missouri, a car reportedly failed to yield to a tractor-trailer and a car accident occurred as a result.

The car was entering the highway traveling eastbound. A tractor trailer hauling logs was also on the highway. The car allegedly failed to yield and struck the truck. The log truck tried to swerve away to avoid a crash and hit a median in the process. The logs were dislodged and caused the road to be closed for hours while they were cleaned up and the situation was investigated.

The 62-year-old truck driver was injured in the car accident. Two passengers in the car were also injured. Those passengers were a 23-year-old and a 17-year-old.

An investigation of this kind of car accident could possibly result in criminal charges or a traffic citation. Regardless of the outcome of any possible charges, whenever passengers are injured in a car accident due to the recklessness or carelessness of a driver, those passengers have legal rights. Passengers in this car accident may be able to pursue claims for financial losses in a Missouri civil court. In this incident, they would likely need to prove that the car driver was negligent in failing to honor the truck driver's right of way. If successful, they may be awarded damages that could help them deal with the financial ramifications of being injured in a car accident.

Source: connectmidmissouri.com, "Failure to yield lead to highway-jamming rollover", Dan Claxton, Nov. 1, 2014

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