On Sunday, February 15, a man was killed in an accident with a tractor trailer.
According to Kansas City police, a car was headed the wrong way on Interstate 70 and U.S. 40 early in the morning. The woman who was driving the wrong way vehicle was driving on an exit ramp as a tractor trailer that had just gotten off the highway was approaching. There was a crash and the driver of the car was injured, but her passenger, Karl Silvey, 35, of Kansas City, Mo., was killed. The tractor trailer driver was uninjured.
In another accident, a pedestrian was seriously injured in an Oregon accident that also involved a commercial truck.
The accident happened Sunday morning around 9:22 a.m. Sgt. Ken Terry of the Oregon State Police reports that Sean Moylan, 27, was taking his dog for a walk along the shoulder of Highway 42. However, suddenly near mile marker 74, Moylan dropped the leash and walked into the westbound lane just as a semi truck was approaching. The driver of the truck, Matthey Meyer, 42, of St. Louis, Mo., attempted to avoid hitting Moylan but was unable to do so.
Moylan was seriously injured in the accident and was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield for treatment.
Meyer was not injured and is cooperating with Oregon State police in their ongoing investigation.
On February 14, in Illinois, there was a close call for one truck driver who got stuck going up a hill because of the icy roadways.
Around 8:13 a.m. the Quincy Police Department got a call that a driver was stuck on an incline east of the Quincy Memorial Bridge and traffic was backing up. Thankfully with help, the truck driver was able to slowly back his semi truck down the incline and onto the bridge without causing an accident.
Police and street crews cleared the area and stopped traffic altogether for a half hour in order to make sure that the lanes were safe. According to police, this area can be especially dangerous when roads are icy or if there is falling snow because of the steep grade of the hill. More snow than was initially predicted ended up accumulating and this had given some drivers a false sense of security. Some areas ended up getting two or three times the amount of snow (1-3 inches) that had initially been forecast.
The quickly falling snow created numerous problems for many drivers, resulting in multiple crashes, cars going off the road into ditches, and zero visibility in some places. Police alerted drivers to these conditions and urged drivers to slow down.
St. Louis Truck Accidents
Driving is already unpredictable, but snow and ice introduce many variables that make accidents much more likely to occur if drivers do not all slow down and take these conditions into account. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving a semi truck, contact a Missouri truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Truck accidents are not like normal accidents involving smaller vehicles because the trucking industry is highly regulated, different rules apply, and dealing with lawyers and insurance adjusters working for big companies is much more complicated than handling a smaller scale accident. Having an experienced Missouri truck accident attorney to guide you through the process right from the start will be crucial in getting full compensation for you and your family.
Call (314) 588-7200 to speak with an experienced St. Louis truck accident lawyer.
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