St. Louis Trucking Accident Highlights Work Zone Safety Week

St. Louis Trucking Accident Highlights Work Zone Safety Week

The gas tanker that collided with a Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) truck on Interstate 70 illustrates the dangers of large trucks carrying hazardous materials. The St. Louis trucking accident forced the highway to close while hazmat crews cleared the scene, according to KPLR 11.

Our St. Louis car accident lawyers realize these large, commercial trucks can pose potentially deadly threats to passenger-vehicle occupants. But when a truck is carrying fuel or other hazardous cargo, the risks increase substantially for other motorists on the road.

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“It appears he was just driving along not paying attention and he failed to keep a lookout and just rammed right into the back of that truck,” said Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum.

The MoDOT truck was reportedly patching potholes on I-70 when it was struck by the gas tanker, carrying 8,500 gallons of gas. The department truck was placed there to offer protection to the workers from oncoming traffic, reports St. Louis Today. Department officials say that is exactly what happened in this case, the truck offered the much needed protection to those workers. Potentially deadly consequences could have resulted if these proper precautions were not taken.

This week (April 4 to 8) is National Work Zone Awareness Week, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Please head the warnings and watch for construction crews as spring roadwork begins.

“I have no reason to believe that the operator of this truck didn’t have a reason that they couldn’t have been paying attention and aware that a work zone was there. There was no reason that operator had to run into our work zone,” said MoDOT transportation engineer Tom Blair.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that nearly 3,500 fatalities occurred in 2009 because of crashed involving large trucks. Nearly 300,000 large trucks (gross weight more than 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic accidents that year. In Missouri, nearly 1,200 vehicles were involved in fatal accidents with a large truck.

While the number of large truck accident fatalities has decreased nearly 20 percent from 2000 to 2008, it is still an alarming statistic — in 75 percent of such crashes, the fatalities occur to the passenger-vehicle occupants.

St. Louis Car Accident Attorney Ryan R. Cox knows that being involved in serious car accident can be both physically and emotionally devastating. If you or a family member has been injured in a St. Louis car accident, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us online or by phone at 1-636-946-6886 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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