photodune-693773-death-xsSt. Louis, MO- A St. Louis-area woman is dead after the van she was riding in was struck head-on by a flatbed truck on I-70 whose driver fled the scene.

Fox-2 News reports that accident took place on the Blanchette Memorial Bridge on July 13th when the driver of a van attempted to avoid colliding with a pickup truck parked along the highway. According to the TV station, a flatbed truck ran out of a gas and was picked up by a passing motorist.

Reports indicate that the pickup truck was struck and pushed into the lanes of travel when a minivan, carrying two people, came along. The 65-year-old man driving attempted to avoid colliding with the pickup, but overcorrected and spun out of control, coming to a stop facing the wrong way. That is when the van was struck head-on by a flatbed truck, the St. Louis Patch reported.

A passenger in the van, the 65-year-old wife of the driver, was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The driver who ran out of gas spoke with police about the collision and said he left the scene to get gas for his truck and didn’t return to pick it up until the next day.

The driver of the flatbed that fled the scene did not return to his vehicle, according to the Post-Dispatch.

This accident demonstrates how multiple parties can be negligent for a deadly or injurious truck collision. For instance, if the stalled truck was obstructing the travel lanes, that truck driver could be considered partially responsible for the collision. Of course, the truck driver who causes a collision because they were speeding, distracted or fatigued is more liable for the injuries or deaths that result from an accident, but by holding all parties that played a role in the accident accountable, truck collision victims can recover maximum compensation.

Hopefully police will locate the flatbed driver so that the victim’s family can get justice. Luckily for most victims of hit-and-run accidents, police are able to locate the at-fault driver. Whether they do or not does not bar the accident victim from seeking compensation, however it can make the process far more complicated and requires the victims retain a truck accident attorney in St. Louis to speak on their behalf and negotiate for a substantial settlement.

USAttorneys will help you get in touch with an accomplished and knowledgeable truck collision attorney near your Missouri location so they can get started on your injury claim. In the aftermath of a major truck collision you need someone on your side who is compassionate and understands the pain and turmoil you and your loved ones are going through. From beginning to end, you can rely on our team of truck accident lawyers to stand up for your rights and be dedicated to your case, always aiming to obtaining a generous settlement for you and your loved ones.