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Posted on September 13th, 2012,
by Zane Cagle

Semi Truck Crashes Into Jeep on I-44 Near Eureka, Missouri Construction Zone

Posted on September 13th, 2012 by Zane Cagle

A semi-truck crashed into a passenger SUV ironically on the same day that MoDot (Missouri Department of Transportation) announced a construction delay. A 67-year old driver of a 1995 Peterbilt 379 semi-trailer truck struck a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a Washington, Missouri man. The impact caused the Jeep to crash into a median.

The crash occurred in westbound Interstate 44, west of Antire Road near Eureka. The driver of the Jeep was taken to the hospital and no information was released on the condition of the semi-truck driver.
A MoDOT senior customer relations specialist for MoDOT stated that she appreciated everyone’s patience during the construction season which is being done in one season rather than spanning over a two-year period.
Frequently, in the spring, summer and fall months, we see serious auto accidents on interstates and highways around St. Louis and throughout the Midwest—-it is a time for road construction. Too often I read about a tragedy in a construction zone. I have had many clients who were seriously injured while driving or being at a stop in a construction zone…….so, what is the answer?

We cannot stop road construction…………..it is crucial that state departments of transportation schedule and maintain road repair and construction—we have to have safe infrastructures including safe highways on which to drive. The answers are increased awareness and driver safety precautions. I support any legislation that puts more strict requirements on trucking companies to observe safety.  Truck drivers and trucking companies are help to a higher standard of safety simply because of the weight and velocity of a tractor trailer. See U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Some tips to increase your safety in highway construction zones:
• Reduce your speed. You do not travel at the speed “limit” in a construction zone which usually is lowered to 40 mph. Depending on the road conditions, you may wish to drive slower
• Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. Sudden braking is easier if you keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you. It is tempting to ride on their bumpers so to speak as you are usually in a hurry and want to get through
• Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. This is a good rule no matter the time of year. In the spring, summer and fall months, you have to allow for construction and traffic delays and in the winter, you have to allow for inclement weather.

So…………….some basic safety rules you should always follow:
• Be attentive, do not text and drive
• Allow plenty of travel time even to destinations that are relatively close to you
• Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
• Check out traffic reports online that indicate construction zones in season and for inclement weather delays
* The Missouri Highway Patrol and Illinois Highway Patrol websites indicate special warnings due to traffic accidents, road construction and inclement weather.

As I have blogged before, we are in an average of nine accidents during our lifetime if you live in the greater St. Louis, so it is always best to be prepared. Always carry your insurance card, including auto and health. Download our car accident information sheet to keep in your glove compartment or download our handing “Injury Attorney” mobile application for iPhone and Droid. With that app, you can contact emergency personnel, find the nearest hospital, contact a tow service and call a cab. As well, I have listed the steps and information you should get following an auto accident unless you are medically unable to do so such as getting information from other drivers, passengers, and witnesses. Call the highway patrol and make sure an incident report is completed. Use your smart phone to take photos of your car and any other vehicles involved, preferably before they are moved. Also, photos of the crash site are helpful when you go to file an insurance claim. Our easy app helps you remember the steps. Remembering key information that will help you in the months to come is not always easy to remember.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident or a semi-tractor trailer crash, it is important to seek legal assistance. Often negotiating with insurance companies can be tedious and they often do not fully compensate you if you are injured. If you are not injured, you may not need an attorney. But, if you or a loved one are injured, you should call a personal injury attorney for a free consultation. Personal injury attorneys should always offer free consultations, so consult a few to get the information you need to make good decisions.

Call Zane T. Cagle at The Cagle Law Firm toll free 1.800. 685.3302 or locally 314.276.1681.