Tractor-Trailer Accident Outside St. Louis Leaves One Driver Injured
January 29, 2013
An accident between two tractor-trailers yesterday in rural Missouri left one of the drivers seriously injured. According to Gasconade County Republican, the crash happened at approximately 4:30 p.m., near the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Fowler Road, just west of St. Louis, Missouri.
Reports show that the 53-year-old driver of a 2011 International tractor-trailer combination, from Coulterville, Illinois, was heading east along the highway. At the same time, a 2006 Kenworth big rig driven by a 51-year-old man from Eldon, Missouri, was hauling a fully loaded trailer of distilled grain westbound on the road. As the two vehicles passed, the trailer jarred loose from the Kenworth truck and struck the International.
Rescue crews were called to the scene of the St. Louis Truck Accident and found the driver of the International tractor-trailer seriously injured. He was rushed to a local trauma center where he received treatment and remains hospitalized.
The Personal Injury Attorneys with CofmanTownsley Injury Lawyers explain that drivers of tractor-trailers operate their vehicles under a different set of regulations and standards than drivers of smaller, private vehicles. They are required to maintain certain records and standards in order operate commercially and failure to do so may be considered negligence in the event of an accident. This is why the firm suggests looking into your legal rights if you have been hurt in an accident caused by a tractor-trailer.