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Sharon Rodgers Fatally Injured in Truck Accident on Interstate 44, Franklin County, Missouri

Franklin County, Missouri – At approximately 6:43 p.m., a 2002 Western Star Conventional truck was traveling westbound on Interstate 44 at a reduced speed. The truck was partially encroached onto the shoulder of the road when a 2013 Buick Lacrosse collided with the rear of the semi-truck’s trailer.

Sharon Rodgers, the driver of the Buick, suffered severe injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The semi-truck driver did not sustain any injuries.

No other information is currently available.

Thoughts on Rear-end Truck Crashes

This very crash happens all across the country on a repeated basis. Trucking companies and drivers know the importance of ensuring their trucks do not block or interfere with the flow of traffic. When they disregard important rules designed to prevent these accidents from happening, they should be held responsible. An investigation by trained professionals will help resolve some of the questions that still need to be answered.

In this incident, the truck was driving at a reduced speed and encroached onto the shoulder. Why was the trucker driving this way? Fatigued? Distracted? Impaired? Was the truck having mechanical issues? Did the trucking company send the truck out without proper maintenance and repair being done? Was there a tire blowout that was caused by the negligence of a repair company or a manufacturer? Did the trucking company provide its driver training to handle situations like this one? All of these questions need to be answered before a clear picture of the accident can be determined and responsibility determined.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

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