Two People Killed on I-55 in St. Louis After Hazardous Material Spill

Two people were killed in an accident on I-55 near Butler Hill Road when a pickup truck ran head-on into the vehicle, pinning it to the side of the tractor-trailer at the scene. Authorities say that the vehicle was stopped on the right-hand side of the highway at the time of the crash due to a hazardous material spill from the truck. The woman in the vehicle died at the scene, while the other passenger died at the hospital while being treated for his injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured, while the truck driver was taken to the hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Thousands of People are Injured or Killed in Semi-Truck Accidents Every Year

Approximately 5,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents involving semi-trucks every year, and another 119,000 people are injured. Many of these accidents happened due to:

  • Speeding and not giving themselves time to stop before the crash
  • Driving under the influence which impairs vision and rational thinking skills
  • Fatigue while driving
  • Bad weather and not accomodating for it
  • Defective/not up-to-code vehicle status

What Should I Do If I am Injured or Someone I Know is Killed in a Commercial Vehicle Accident?

Commercial vehicles can carry up to 20,000 pounds in cargo, and most weigh in at around 80,000 pounds. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an accident with a commercial vehicle it’s critical to take immediate action.

  • Call 911 – Collisions involving passenger vehicles and large commercial vehicles can often result in severe injuries or even death, so safety is the first priority you should have if involved in an accident such as this. Make sure the other drivers are okay, and even if you don’t think you’re injured, still get checked out by medical personnel to make sure. A medical report can help your case.
  • Document Everything – Pictures, video, audio; whatever you think might be helpful to your case later on, get documentation. Evidence from the scene is the single most important element to your commercial truck accident claim.
  • Swap Information – Get the names, addresses, insurance, license plate number, driver’s license information, and any other information that you can from other drivers involved in the accident
  • Don’t Talk To The Insurance Companies – No matter how pushy or convincing the insurance company is, hold off on making a statement to them without first talking to your lawyer. They may convince you to take a low and quick settlement.

Filing a Claim Against a Commercial Vehicle Driver

There are many rules and regulations that commercial truck drivers are required to meet by federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle driver and it is found that they were not complying with federal regulations, you could have a right to recover damages from both the commercial vehicle driver and the company they are employed with. Damages that you can recover from an accident with a commercial vehicle driver may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Loss of companionship
  • Special damages

Deciding which damages you should claim can be difficult, so it is essential to hold off on filing a claim until you call a personal injury lawyer that knows how to deal with commercial truck companies and larger insurers. Feel free to contact us if you’ve been involved in an accident. We specialize in truck accidents and have helped St. Louis residents recover millions of dollars in damages.

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