Winter weather set the stage for a tractor-trailer accident earlier this month in Twin Oaks, Missouri, a West County suburb of St. Louis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a patch of ice created hazardous conditions for a truck driver, whose trailer tipped over and damaged a car occupied by two teenagers. Although the crash caused damage to the teens’ car, luckily, no one was injured.
If the people in the car weren’t so fortunate, however, there could easily have been life-threatening injuries, costing them tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages or time at school — not to mention loss of quality of life.
For many in Missouri and Illinois, winter weather plus tractor trailers equals disaster.
The U.S. Department of Transportation published a study of crashes involving large trucks in 2007. Nearly 5% of injuries caused by crashes from 1975 to 2005 were under snowy or icy road conditions, as were almost 4% of fatalities.
Trucking safety is so important that the federal government has passed a body of laws to govern truck safety, namely the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations. Trucking and over-the-road trucking is a critical function of our country. The regulations are voluminous and can be difficult to understand. Our firm can explain these regulations and how they may apply to your case.
Please contact us for a free consultation if your life has been affected by a tractor-trailer accident. With offices in Alton, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri, the firm of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson guarantees you will not owe a cent in legal fees unless we make a recovery on your behalf.