I-64 Truck Accident in Downtown St. Louis Caused by Flash Flooding in Missouri
St. Louis, MO. Early this morning a vehicle was hit on I-64 in downtown St. Louis near Market and Grand. The driver had slowed down due to flooding on the highway when the accident occurred.
According to the St. Louis Police Department, the tractor-trailer clipped the back of the vehicle in an attempt to swerve out of the way. The truck driver stayed at the scene of the accident, but at this time, the accident is still under investigation, and further details have yet to be released.
More Than 5,000 Rain-Related Crashes Occur Every Year
Standing water on roadways and severe rain can make it difficult for drivers to travel. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, every year there are 556,151 crashes on average that are caused by rain, 212,647 people injured in rain-related accidents, and 2,473 people killed due to accidents caused by rain and flooding. Wet pavement can increase the amount of time it takes for vehicles to come to a complete stop, and reduce the amount of traction on tires, which can result in driver’s losing control of their vehicles, hitting other vehicles on the road, running off the road, and other bad weather accidents.
When bad weather conditions arise, it’s essential for passenger vehicle drivers to proceed with caution, but this is especially true with commercial vehicles. It takes commercial trucks approximately 20-40 percent longer than passenger vehicles to come to a complete stop, and this significantly increases when there is wet pavement. While truck drivers are required to stay alert on the road and give themselves adequate time to come to a complete stop, this doesn’t always happen; approximately 4,102 people are killed in truck accidents every year.
How to Decrease the Chances of a Bad Weather Accident Occurring
Most accidents are entirely preventable and this includes bad weather accidents. When it’s raining, roadways are slick, or other bad weather conditions are present, it’s essential for passenger vehicle and commercial truck drivers to proceed with caution. The best way to prevent a bad weather crash from occurring is to:
- Decrease your speed by at least 1/3 of the speed limit. For example: in a 60mph zone, you should go no more than 40mph when it’s raining
- Make sure that there’s tread on your tires – traction is significantly reduced when the pavement is wet, which can result in tires spinning out or losing control of your vehicle
- Drivers should always be alert, but this is especially true when it’s raining. If a vehicle suddenly stalls on the highway due to flash flooding, or another vehicle begins to swerve, you need to be able to act quickly and try to avoid a crash
- You should always put a car’s length of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If the other vehicle suddenly stalls or swerves, this could cause a rear-end accident
Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed in a bad weather accident, it’s crucial to consult a Personal Injury Lawyer as soon as you possibly can. A lawyer can help you gather evidence from the accident, collect information from the other driver, and file a compelling claim to recover the compensation that you could be entitled to.
For more information on how an experienced lawyer can help with your case after an accident, call (314) 409-7060 or contact the Dixon Injury Firm today. Our St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers are passionate about getting justice for our clients’ cases, are available 24/7 to discuss your case, and have the drive needed to recover the maximum amount of damages for your personal injury claim.