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Timothy Tarrillion was fatally injured in a semi-truck accident on MO-51 near Perryville

PERRYVILLE, Missouri—Timothy Tarrillion, 36, was tragically killed around 11:55 a.m. on September 13, 2022, as a result of a semi-truck crash on Missouri State Route 51.

Initial reports suggest that Tarrillion was driving a 2021 Chevrolet pickup when he collided with a 2003 Kenworth semi-truck in the southbound lane of MO-51 a few miles south of Perry County Road 206. Although emergency personnel performed life-saving procedures on Tarrillion at the scene, he was pronounced dead by the county coroner around noon.

The accident required State Highway Patrol and firefighters to close a portion of the highway as debris was removed from the crash site. Both vehicles were significantly damaged in the accident, and the condition of the semi-truck driver is unknown at this time.

Investigation into the accident is ongoing. No further details are currently available.

An independent investigation will likely reveal more information about the cause of this crash

Even though we may not know much about what happened in the moments leading up to this crash, an independent investigation is likely to uncover more details about the final seconds of this fatal event. Tarrillion may have been distracted while driving, but it is equally possible that the accident was caused by the negligence of the semi-truck driver.

At The Ammons Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of cases where the death of one or more innocent persons is attributable to the actions of a truck driver. Although I am not claiming the truck driver here is responsible for Tarrillion’s death, the decedent’s family may wish to consult an independent investigator to determine whether the truck driver could have prevented or lessened the impact of the accident.

In some cases where a car has collided with a semi-truck, our attorneys have revealed details about the safety protocols ignored by semi-truck drivers and their employers, often large trucking companies. For example, trucking companies can have safety technology such as underguards and lane assistance devices installed on their trucks to protect the drivers of smaller passenger cars from being struck by a semi or ending up beneath the truck. In other cases, we have uncovered instances where a big rig’s brake lights have failed, causing other drivers to rear-end the truck.

Here, we do not know the details of the crash, so the actual cause of the accident may be attributed to one or more of the plausible explanations above. Regardless, Tarrillion’s grieving family should be able to find out more information by consulting an attorney to independently investigate the accident. A man’s life was lost, and a young family will be left without a father and provider. If any wrongdoing by any other person contributed to this ultimate fatality, the family deserves to know and have a right to hold such parties accountable.


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