LEE’S SUMMIT, Missouri—Mary Wilcox, 70, of Lone Jack, Missouri, was severely injured in a crash with a semi-truck around 10:20 a.m. on September 13, 2022. The accident occurred on US Highway 50 at the intersection with Alley Jackson Road in Jackson County, Missouri.
Reportedly, Wilcox was driving a 2014 Jeep and was traveling westbound on US-50 in the left lane when she attempted to turn onto Alley Jackson Road. Then, Wilcox was rear-ended by a 2020 Kenworth semi-truck. Both vehicles were significantly damaged in the wreck and came to a stop in the median of the road.
Emergency crews responded to the crash, and Wilcox was transported to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. The status of the truck driver is currently unknown.
Investigation into this accident is ongoing. No further information was made publicly available.
Wilcox will likely have a claim for negligence against the truck driver and employer
Although the specific details of this crash are unknown, it appears the semi-truck driver that rear-ended Wilcox’s Jeep was negligent while operating such a large vehicle. To determine what caused this crash, Wilcox will likely need to hire an attorney to independently investigate the truck driver’s actions and the safety culture of any commercial trucking company involved.
Due to the massive size and weight of 18-wheelers, truck drivers must be constantly aware of their surroundings. Just the addition of cargo in the trailer of a semi-truck can triple its stopping distance—something that truck drivers should know from the training and education they receive from employers.
Here, it seems that the semi-truck driver that rear-ended Wilcox while she attempted to turn left onto Alley Jackson Road may have been distracted while driving. If not, then the semi-truck driver may not have had the proper education to evade the accident with Wilcox. Not only are truck drivers responsible for their actions, but commercial trucking companies can be held liable for the negligence of drivers. Trucking companies must educate their drivers on stopping distances, the dangers of following too closely to other vehicles, and how to avoid collisions. If the truck driver that hit Wilcox was not educated on safety topics like these, then the trucking company that employed him could share in the liability of this accident.
Accordingly, Wilcox could bring a suit against the driver and the trucking company. To increase the chances of Wilcox’s success, an independent investigation would likely be needed to discover whether the trucking company had implemented educational trainings for drivers prior to this crash. At The Ammons Law Firm, we offer legal strategies, including independent legal investigations, to help victims of car crashes piece together the circumstances leading to their accidents. Armed with as much information as possible, we aim to help our clients pursue legal remedies and prompt large trucking companies to embrace a culture of safety so these kinds of crashes can be avoided in the future.