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Fatal Missouri truck accident details are still emerging

A fatal truck accident can be big news for the community at large. In many cases, individuals who live near the area of a truck accident will check back frequently in order to see if further details have been released by Missouri police. Although the public has a right to know the details surrounding such a tragic event, this right does not trump law enforcement's need to conduct a thorough investigation that can, in certain circumstances, take time to complete.

Police are still trying to sort out the details of a recent truck accident that occurred at an intersection and took the life of one individual. At the time of the news release, police were still at the scene conducting their investigation. It was disclosed that the accident occurred sometime before 3 p.m. on Oct. 15. Police indicated they were still working on clearing the debris from the road, which had been dumped from the truck when the collision occurred.

Police have not provided any information regarding the identity of the deceased victim. Police noted that the victim's name will not be released until they have filed their final report.

As Missouri police are able to conclude their investigative tasks, it is likely that more information will be released regarding this truck accident. Although it is unclear at this time which party was at fault, the victim's family is entitled to commence a wrongful death action if they feel the evidence indicates that the death of their loved one was caused by the negligence of another party. If the family is able to prove this in court, they may be entitled to a monetary award to reimburse them for damages sustained. Although no amount of money can make up for the loss of a life, a successfully prosecuted civil claim may at least offer them some financial security as they try and move forward.

Source: Hannibal Courier-Post, "Crash leaves 1 person dead," Oct. 15, 2012

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