Four People Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-70

Four people died on November 14 in a crash that involved a tractor-trailer and several passenger vehicles on Interstate 70 (I-70) in St. Louis, MO. The tractor-trailer was hauling two semis when the accident occurred. According to U.S. News, two of the passenger vehicle drivers died at the scene of the accident, while the semi-truck driver and one other person died at the hospital after sustaining injuries in the tragic accident. Before the crash, I-70 was shut down due to a vehicle fire.

Truck Accidents on the Rise With Nearly a 3 Percent Increase

In 2016, the number of large trucks that are involved in fatal accidents in the U.S. increased from 4,074 to 4,213, resulting in nearly a 3 percent increase since 2015. The number of lives lost in car accident fatalities is more than 1.25 million. In St. Louis alone, the number of fatalities in 2017 was 815. It makes one curious about what it is that keeps these numbers so high. According to the World Health Organization, the top causes of commercial truck and car accidents are speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence and driving unsafe vehicles. It is critical to avoid the use of cell phones or other devices while driving, to stay sober, make sure that your vehicle is secure and up to safety standards for your state, and to pay attention to any speed limit and other traffic signs.

In Missouri, deer are a common cause of car accidents. In 2015, there were more than 300 deer-related accidents. The key to avoiding these crashes is to stay alert, use high-beams at night in deer-crossing zones, and if deer are in the road, slow down and blow your horn.

What to Do After a Car or Commercial Truck Accident

Accidents happen out of nowhere, and amidst the wreckage of a crash, sirens, and adrenaline running high, it can be hard to know what steps to take after a car accident or commercial truck accident occurs. It’s essential to immediately seek medical attention for any injuries sustained in the crash, and to make sure that no severe or permanent damage was done during the accident. If injuries prevent you from documenting the scene, have someone you trust document any road marks, car or semi-truck damage, and be sure to gather contact information from anyone involved in the crash or witnesses at the scene of the accident. It might seem like the best time to speak to the other driver’s insurance company right after the accident, but the fact is that you should stay silent and contact a lawyer to handle the insurance company for you so that your rights are protected. If you make a statement to the other insurance company too soon, they could use that information to make sure that your claim is settled for less than you deserve. A lawyer will make sure that you receive any compensation that you are entitled to due to your involvement in a car or commercial truck accident caused by a negligent driver.

Common Types of Commercial Truck and Passenger Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents and commercial truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons, but some of the more common types of accidents include:

  • Multi-Vehicle Pileups: This occurs when three or more vehicles are involved in an accident. A common example of this is when a car is hit multiple times, and it is blocking a roadway, and this is seen too late by another driver. This causes a “Domino” effect with the vehicles, and they crash into each other causing a multi-vehicle pileup.
  • Lane Changing: It is important to pay attention and always use your turn signals when changing lanes, whether it be on a roadway or Interstate. Changing lanes without being cautious can lead to lane changing collisions by accidentally hitting another vehicle.
  • Head-On Crashes: The most common type of car accident, a head-on collision can involve one vehicle ramming into another “head-on,” or a single vehicle driving head-on into something like a fire hydrant, lamp post, etc.
  • Rear-End Collisions: Rear-end collisions most commonly happen when a vehicle stops too quickly, and the vehicle behind them notices too late, resulting in a rear-end collision.
  • T-Bone or Side-Impact Collisions: A t-bone collision is when a vehicle hits another vehicle head-on on the side of their car. The most common place that t-bone collisions occur is at a junction where one oncoming vehicle does not see the other, resulting in a t-bone collision.

Damages You Can Claim After a Car Accident

Accidents can cause serious and permanent damage to a vehicle and often come with a hefty price tag. If you are involved in a car accident or commercial truck accident, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages or loss of consortium. The types of medical damages that can be recovered include any medical bills that occurred after the accident, medicine or other supplies that had to be bought due to accident-related injuries, ambulance fees and more. Pain and suffering damages include any trauma that has stemmed due to the accident and can be physical or mental. Any psychiatrist bills, physical therapy bills, etc. that are paid for due to injuries sustained in the accident can be recovered. If an accident is serious, lost wages is a common thing that can be recovered. If your injuries are deemed by a medical professional to be too extreme to immediately return to work, any wages that are lost during this time can be recovered. Loss of consortium is not claimed by a direct victim of an accident, but rather their spouse. Loss of consortium pertains to loss of affection, intimacy, etc. that is caused by a result of a person’s injuries.

The Effect of Commercial Truck and Car Accidents Affects More than Just the Drivers Involved

While the main people that are affected by a car or commercial truck accident are those directly involved, the truth is that the victims’ families and other drivers can fall victim to the effects as well. Other drivers can be affected by the sight of the crash or the delay of traffic due to the accident. Family members and close friends can experience emotional stress due to the accident, and even financial or mental trauma. If you or someone you know is involved in a car accident or commercial truck accident, and need someone to help, feel free to contact Dixon Injury Firm at (314) 409-7060, 855-40-CRASH, or contact us today so that we can help you with this difficult situation.

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