HANNIBAL, Missouri—Stephanie Hamm, 38, and Anna Hamm, 63, were severely injured in a semi-truck accident in Marion County. The wreck occurred on September 20, 2022, around 2:50 p.m. on US Highway 36.
Reportedly, both Stephanie and Anna Hamm were traveling on US Highway 36 in a 2012 Hyundai Elantra when the driver slowed down and attempted to change lanes. While doing so, a 2020 Peterbilt semi-truck struck the vehicle.
Ambulances transported Stephanie and Anna Hamm to Hannibal Regional Hospital for emergency treatment of their injuries. Both the Hyundai and semi-truck suffered severe damage, as well.
The crash is still under investigation. No other details about the accident are publicly available.
An independent investigation may lead to more answers about how this crash occurred
Although we do not know all the facts surrounding this accident, the semi-truck driver was negligent in crashing into the smaller car. Like all other drivers, semi-truck drivers have a duty to avoid accidents with other motorists, but this truck driver failed to prevent such an accident. Both Stephanie and Anna Hamm will likely be able to recover compensation for the injuries they suffered from this wreck.
Victims of car accidents, especially those involving semi-trucks, should consult with a personal injury lawyer to discuss potential avenues of compensation for their pain and suffering. Personal injury law aims to help injured persons obtain the financial compensation required to rebuild a life after an accident. Severe injuries, such as those suffered by Stephanie and Anna Hamm, will have long-lasting effects on an individual's well-being and lifestyle. Therefore, it makes sense to hold those responsible for their contribution to the accident.
As the facts suggest, driver negligence was the most likely cause of this crash. For unknown reasons, the semi-truck driver failed to slow down or avoid a collision with Hamm's vehicle. Regardless of whether the truck driver was distracted, fatigued, or could not see the smaller car, the driver's actions constituted negligence. Indeed, this accident appears to have been entirely preventable, absent the recklessness of the truck driver. Stephanie and Anna Hamm will likely be able to show the truck driver contributed substantially to their injuries and succeed in a negligence suit against the driver.
Additionally, the injured women will likely be able to hold the trucking company that employed the driver responsible for their injuries. Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior, employers can be held accountable for the actions of their employees during the performance of job-related functions. Thus, if the truck driver was on the clock when he struck the Hamms, any commercial trucking company involved would likely contribute to the Hamm's compensation.
Alternatively, although rare, the truck driver may assert a defense, claiming a mechanical or brake failure made it impossible to avoid the collision. In that case, the truck driver and the Hamms could bring a direct claim against the semi-truck manufacturer, alleging the accident was preventable but for a defect within the manufactured product.
Our firm has handled many personal injury claims against truck drivers and their employers, and we recognize the importance of conducting an independent investigation into the cause of the accident. The injured women must have access to the answers they deserve and the right to sue for the compensation they are entitled to receive.
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