Commercial Trucking Collisions
Semi-trucks, delivery trucks, cement trucks, and tanker trucks each take up a large amount of space on Missouri’s highways. Sideswipe accidents involving one of these trucks and a smaller vehicle can be catastrophic. Serious and long term injuries or even death can result when a truck driver makes an unsafe right turn, crosses the center line, or carelessly changes lanes.
Accidents Caused by Truckers
While most truck drivers are attentive, accidents can be caused by distracted or new drivers. A truck driver that is new to operating a commercial truck may be unable to assess the roadway before changing lanes. And driver inattention can happen to even the most skilled truckers.
Distracted driving is a severe problem in the U.S. and while teens take on a lot of the blame, adult truckers are often guilty of it as well. To put the danger in perspective, texting-while-driving is actually more likely to cause a truck collision than drunk driving. Fatigued and tired driving is also a sideswipe truck accident hazard.
Since truck drivers are paid based on the miles they drive rather than the number of hours they drive, truckers will sometimes go with little or no sleep in order to make a deadline.
A truck accident lawyer may connect a sideswipe accident to the pressure that is often put on truckers to adhere to a strict schedule.
Accidents Caused by Missouri’s Unsafe Roads
With St. Louis bridges falling apart and hitting trucks, it’s natural to question the safety of Missouri’s roadways. While accidents caused by driver error are substantially more common, something must be said about unsafe roadways and trucking accidents.
Sometimes, poorly engineered or poorly maintained roads can factor in. Especially when roads are wet or icy. If you are involved in a truck accident, your personal injury lawyer will investigate whether road conditions were abnormal at the time and place of the crash.
Have you been involved in a St. Louis Truck Accident?
Sideswipe accidents, any commercial trucking accidents can be serious. Most truck drivers can walk away from sideswipe accidents, but the same cannot be said for the driver of the smaller car.
Semi-Trucks and Tanker-Trucks are larger, longer, and heavier than standard vehicles, and this size difference matters during collisions. If you or a family member has been injured in a Missouri truck crash, contact our St. Louis office for a free consultation.