Investigators say the driver of the semi, Perron Sellers, 32, of Appaloosa, La., was heading eastbound on Division Street and overcorrected his semi, lost control and swerved into the westbound lanes hitting the motorcyclist. David Brown, 49, died at the scene.
Our interstates, county highways and local roads are full of trucks which are essential to carry the goods and merchandise that we and our area businesses need every day which are essential to our lifestyles, but simply due to their huge size and weight, they can cause the biggest crashes, injuries and deaths on the road of any vehicle.
Was the truck driver drowsy because his company forced him to drive too many hours over his limit? Was he distracted, maybe using his phone which is against the law, because his company does not train him properly or fails to enforce the rules?
Last night we lost another fine member of our community, and for no good reason. Was the trucker fatigued? Was the trucker distracted?
I have represented a number of folks who’ve been seriously injured by flying chunks of frozen snow and ice coming off the tops of semi trucks on our highways.
I have posted repeatedly how the deaths and injuries from traffic crashes have increased to record levels in our SW MO area, and here’s proof that this is also a sad trend in communities across our nation.
We all need to eat better, exercise more and watch our weight. There’s no surprise there, but the trucking industry is finally recognizing that healthier truck drivers are safer truck drivers.
I was so sad to read about Mr. Mestas’ passing, and my heart goes out to him, his family and friends.
Sad that safety conditions at a trucking corporation must become this horrible before corrective action is taken
Bigger, longer, heavier loads, buzzing down our highways alongside our families, is not a formula for better safety for Semi-Trucks on our roadways.