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Walter Spooner Killed and Another Person Seriously Injured in a Rollover Accident on  Highway 7 in Benton County, Missouri  


Benton County, Mo.- One man died, and another was seriously hurt in a rollover accident on Saturday on Missouri Highway 7 near W. Dam Access Road.

According to reports, a Ford F250 truck traveling south veered off the right side of the road and overturned twice.

Passenger Walter Spooner was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders rushed the driver to the hospital with serious injuries.

Both occupants were reportedly wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

People should not die in rollover crashes when they wear their seatbelt

When someone is hurt in a rollover crash, people want to blame the driver. The problem with blaming the driver is that some rollover crashes happen for reasons outside the control of the driver, and even when the driver makes a mistake, it shouldn’t result in fatal injuries, especially when the passengers are wearing their seatbelts. If you think about it, shouldn’t a truck be able to protect people during a rollover crash safely?

Unfortunately, many rollover crashes result in fatal injuries because manufacturers have chosen to produce vehicles that cannot withstand the force of a rollover collision. We see this primarily when a truck is produced with a roof that is not strong enough to support the weight of the truck during the rollover crash. When the choice between producing a truck with a roof that functions like a roll cage and one that crushes like a can is the difference of a marginal amount of money, manufacturers should be required to produce the safer vehicle. Juries in courts across the country think so, and Ford has been held accountable many times for the serious injuries and deaths that have resulted in rollover accidents.

From the facts provided in this crash, it cannot be determined if the Ford involved in this crash provided the two motorists with the protection they deserved. It may be that the injuries would have been suffered even if the truck had a full roll cage. However, having handled many Ford F-250 rollover accidents over the past two decades, I am always concerned when a properly seat-belted motorist suffers serious/fatal injuries in an early model Ford.

If a detailed inspection of the truck determines that defects in the truck caused the injuries, the surviving family/injured driver deserves justice and answers from Ford for its role in this fatal accident.

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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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