A freak accident involving a bulldozer that fell off the back of a flatbed truck, injuring two women who later died from their injuries, has led to a Missouri jury to find a truck driver guilty of two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The truck driver apparently failed to secure a bulldozer that was on his flatbed trailer back in July of 2009. The driver experienced brake problems that caused an abrupt stop that led to the bulldozer falling off the trailer. The bulldozer bounced on the pavement and then landed on a car driven by a 63-year old woman. Her 86-year old mother was also in the car. The daughter died of her injuries 44 days after the accident, and the elderly women passed away from hers nine months later.
Attorneys for the truck driver, 27-year old Adam Steinmann of Marthasville, MO, tried to argue that Mr. Steinmann was not responsible for the bulldozer coming free. Jurors felt differently. It certainly did not help matters that, at the time of the accident, Mr. Steinmann did not have a valid driver’s license.
Sentencing in the case will be in October.
When you or members of your family are injured or killed in an accident, whether it’s considered a “freak” accident or not, someone is responsible. A personal injury attorney will help sort through the issues and determine whether or not legal action is warranted.
David Van Sant is an Alpharetta personal injury attorney who focuses on car accident victims and those who have been hurt due to no fault of their own. He works hard to ensure that accident victims get the restitution they deserve. For more information, contact the Law Offices of David Van Sant today.