Truck Accident Involving Farmington Woman on I-44, St. Louis County
Posted on January 23rd, 2014 by Zane Cagle
Hyundai Driver Hit Several Times on I-44 Before Coming to a Rest
A three-vehicle accident on Interstate 44 has seriously injured a Farmington woman in St. Louis County on Monday evening. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 2 p.m. on eastbound 44 east of Antire Road. A 2006 Peterbilt tractor trailer driven by Hillsboro man changed lanes. The front right side of the truck struck the left rear of the 2003 Hyundai driving by the 40 year old Farmington woman.
The Farmington woman’s car reportedly spun to the left and the left front of the tractor trailer hit the car a second time. The Hyundai ran off the left side of the road and hit a guard rail. The Hyundai then went back onto the highway and in the path of a 2014 Ford F450 truck driven by a Chamois, Missouri man. The Ford truck hit the passenger side of the Farmington woman’s car, knocking it off the right side of the highway where it finally came to rest. The Farmington woman was transported to the hospital in Creve Couer where she is in serious condition.
Truck Accidents Usually Result in Serious Injury Due to Size
Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents on our highways. The combination of sheer size and weight represents a serious disadvantage for smaller passenger cars. Fully loaded truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, making them difficult to stop and maneuver and far more likely to seriously injure someone in a smaller vehicle such as a passenger car. Many factors such as fatigue, distracted driving, impairment and improper maintenance contribute to the possibility of a serious truck accident. I am not implying that the truck driver did anything improper in the crash that has left the Farmington woman in serious condition. Obviously, a full investigation including witness statements, physical evidence at the crash site and other pieces of evidence can help determine liability. Often tractor trailers will have event recorders on board that will aid in the investigation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor trailer accident, it is important to know that those kinds of accidents are not quite the same as a common car accident. Tractor trailer drivers are held to a standard at determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and carrier requirements. Certainly when serious injuries are involved, you should contact an expert personal injury attorney who is familiar with trucking regulations.
Our attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm handle serious injury accidents involving tractor trailers and other types of automobiles. For a free consultation, call (314) 276-1681 or (314) 276-1681
Farmington woman seriously injured in wreck. Daily Journal Online 1/21/14