California Driver Charged with DWI after Missouri Truck Accident

Rollover Crash GraphicKansas City, MO- A California man has been charged with DWI after he overturned his truck in St. Joseph, approximately 50 miles north of Kansas City. The truck accident took place Thursday on State Route U just after 4 p.m. According to authorities, Harry Cunningham, 59, of Spring Valley, California, failed to properly navigate a left-hand curve causing him to lose control of his semi. His truck went off the right side of the road and overturned striking two traffic signs and a utility pole. The Kenworth truck came to rest on its top, the News Press Now. The cash pulled down several power lines in the area. After sustaining significant damage, the trailer spilled car and truck batteries along the roadway. Cunningham was trapped in the cab of his truck and had to be extricated which proved to be difficult task for emergency workers because of the proximity of power lines and batteries, the News Press Now reported. He had to be cut from the back of the truck. Cunningham sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. An authority confirmed Cunningham is an independent driver, and was transporting parts and batteries from Johnson Controls in St. Joseph. Police charged Cunningham with DWI and operation of a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner. His arraignment is set for Sept. 24th. This accident, luckily, did not result in the injury or death of another, but many truck accidents do. There are many causes of truck accidents, fatigue and intoxicated driving among them, and out of the approximately 500,000 that occur each year in the U.S., 10 percent, 5,000 result in fatalities. Not only are truck accidents dangerous, but they are also costly. The average truck accident cost an average of $50,000. Some truck accidents are unavoidable and are caused by the errors of other drivers, but a driving under the influence is avoidable and should never happen. Drinking and driving especially when in command of a vehicle that can weight tens of thousands of pounds. A truck driver can be charged with a DUI if they have blood alcohol concentration of .08, referred to as the legal limit. Some states, however, have a lower legal limit and truck driver can be charged with DUI with a BAC of .05. If a truck harms or kills others while driving under the influence, the injured or the families of those who are killed can seek compensation from the negligent driver. It is best to consult with a Missouri truck accident attorney to determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to whether it would be more beneficial to settle your case or take it to civil court. If you have been injured in a truck accident contact a personal injury attorney before you discuss your case with the driver, their trucking company or their insurer. Anything you say before speaking to a Kansas City truck accident attorney can damage your case and affect your final settlement.


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