ST. JOSEPH, Missouri—Melysa Olney, 30, suffered severe injuries following an accident with a semi-truck around 6:05 a.m. on September 20, 2022. The accident occurred on Highway 752, south of I-229.
Initial reports reveal that Olney was driving a Nissan Ultima when she collided with a 2013 Kenworth semi-truck. Both vehicles were damaged in the accident, and Olney was transported via ambulance to Mosaic Lifecare in St. Joseph, Missouri, for treatment of significant injuries.
Authorities are still investigating the crash at this time. No other details about the accident are available.
The cause of the crash must be investigated further before fault can be determined.
Details about this accident are few and far between. While some might assume that Olney may be at fault for this accident, there are other equally plausible explanations of causation that could place liability for Olney’s injuries on the truck driver or trucking company. Only after the completion of an independent investigation will Olney have all the answers needed to decide whether to pursue legal recourse.
If Olney was distracted while driving or was otherwise the cause of the accident, she may be liable for her medical expenses plus any damage caused to the semi-truck or driver. On the other hand, if the semi-truck driver was at fault in the crash, the driver and, most likely, the driver’s employer would be responsible for Olney’s medical bills and other forms of recovery.
Semi-truck drivers, like all motorists, have a duty to avoid accidents with other drivers on the road. If the semi-truck involved in this accident was distracted while driving, the driver should be held accountable for negligence. Alternatively, if the truck driver had never received training on how to avoid or prevent accidents on the road, then the trucking company responsible for educating its drivers may have to answer to Olney in court.
To determine whether the semi-truck driver or a trucking company was negligent and, ultimately, caused Olney’s injuries, Olney will likely need to consult with an attorney experienced in handling negligence claims against truck drivers and their employers. The Ammons Law Firm has extensive knowledge of the investigatory measures needed to apportion liability appropriately, and our attorneys have successfully resolved similar claims. We hope Olney recovers without issue and gets the answers she deserves from a thorough investigation of this accident.
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