Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: July 13 – July 20

Attorneys handling truck accident cases should be familiar with all the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations. Of course, just being familiar with the regulations is not enough. Attorneys must also conduct thorough discovery in order to apply those regulations to the facts of a specific case. I have handled numerous truck accidents throughout the United States, many of them similar to those noted below. Please feel free to contact me at michael@leizerman.com or call me at 1-800-628-4500.

STLToday.com reports that a semitrailer caused a seven-vehicle pile-up on Saturday, July 17, when it failed to slow for construction traffic and hit a second semi that had stopped on I-57 near West Frankfort, Illinois. A third tractor-trailer carrying asphalt hit the first one, and then a fourth truck, also bearing asphalt, hit the third. The first semi caught fire, and the flames spread to three passenger vehicles, whose occupants sustained injuries. The drivers of the first two trucks died at the scene of the crash.

KCRG-TV.com reports that a trailer came loose and killed the driver of a car heading in the opposite direction. The accident happened Saturday, July 17, on Balltown Road south of Balltown, Iowa. The semi driver and the car’s passenger were both unhurt. In 2003, that same truck driver was involved in another fatal crash, when a backhoe slid off a flatbed trailer he was towing and struck a car, killing the passenger and injuring the driver.

Examiner.com reports that on Sunday, July 18, an 18 wheeler struck a pickup truck on I-10 near Lake Charles, Louisiana, leaving it damaged and stalled in a traffic lane. A second semi hit the pickup from behind, throwing the passengers (a woman and her daughter) into the median. They were taken to a local hospital with injuries.

KCSG.com reports that a semi speeding on I-15 near Pintura, Utah, killed a vacationing couple on Sunday, July 18. When the truck driver hit his brakes, his rear trailer swung out into oncoming traffic and hit a Kia SUV head-on. The crash totaled the car and killed its occupants, an older married couple from Pennsylvania.

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