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Truck Accident Claims the Life of Andrew Garrett Near I-44 and Range Line Road in Joplin, Missouri

JOPLIN, Missouri — A Joplin man died after a semi-truck struck him near Interstate 44 and Range Line Road. The accident happened shortly before 10 p.m.

Preliminary reports state The Joplin Police Department received a call from an individual stating a close encounter with a pedestrian while traveling down the interstate. When officers reached the scene, a semi-truck had struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian, identified as Andrew L. Garrett, succumbed to his injuries at the accident scene.

The driver of the semi-truck was unharmed.

No further details have been provided.

Thoughts on Truck that Struck Pedestrian in Wheelchair

Unfortunately, pedestrian deaths are on the rise. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 7,624 pedestrians were killed in the United States in 2021, an increase from 6,721 the year prior.

It’s important for motorists to stay vigilant while on the road to avoid hitting pedestrians, even those that may be on or near the roadways. Truck drivers have an even bigger responsibility to pay attention to their surroundings since it is more difficult to safely maneuver their vehicles. Driving a vehicle with an extended braking response and more blind spots requires careful watch on the road. When truck drivers break these rules and serious injuries or deaths happen, they may be at fault and need to be held accountable.

A detailed investigation will help determine exactly what happened leading up to the crash. If wrongdoing is identified, the parties responsible should be held accountable.


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.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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