Friday, June 5, 2015 – A tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 44 this morning left one truck driver injured. The crash occurred around 6:30 this morning, after a large thunderstorm with heavy rain swept through the area. Roadways were wet at the time, which could have contributed to the crash.
According the Missouri State Highway Patrol, one tractor-trailer lost control of his vehicle, which caused him to slide into another tractor-trailer. The force of the crash was so strong that it caused the second tractor-trailer to slide off the highway and rollover, trapping the driver. Emergency crews were eventually able to remove the second truck driver from his truck. The driver was conscious and breathing.
Tractor-trailer accidents are very serious events. Typically, these vehicles weigh from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds and require the drivers to hold a special trucking license. A passenger car only weighs about 4,000 pounds. On average, these large trucks take up to 40 percent longer to stop than a passenger car. Accidents involving tractor-trailers are 25 percent more likely than passenger cars to result in fatalities.
Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Tractor-trailer accidents can occur due to a variety of factors, just like any other vehicle. Some common factors of truck accidents include:
- Cell phone use
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Failure to remain in the proper lane
- Failure to obey the rules of the road
- Wet or icy road conditions
- Making an improper turn
- Operating the truck in a careless or imprudent manner
- Passing with insufficient room
- Alcohol use
- Drug use
Federal Regulations for Truck Drivers
The government recognizes that large truck like tractor-trailers pose a greater risk to the roads, due to their size and weight. Because of this, numerous federal regulations have been put in place to protect all drivers and passengers from injury and death related to commercial vehicles.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces a large number of rules and regulations with respect to truck driver regulation, vehicle regulations, company regulations, Hazmat regulations, and regulatory guidance. To read more about the stringent requirements placed on semi-truck drivers in an effort to protect the public, click here.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in St. Louis
In today’s society, companies are pushing their drivers to drive longer, faster, and cheaper. What might seem like an accident is often the result of violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. It is important for injury victims to consult with an attorney who is able to uncover repetitive and intentional violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Large corporations must be held accountable for placing the public in needless and unnecessary danger in the name of company profits.
If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed as the result of truck or tractor-trailer accident, our experienced injury lawyers are standing by to help. There are time limits for filing your claim. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you recover damages.
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