On Monday evening, a tractor-trailer accident occurred injuring the driver, an O’Fallon man. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that 68-year-old Richard L. Lillard was operating a tractor-trailer truck when he experienced a medical emergency. As he was traveling westbound on Interstate 70, he lost consciousness in Montgomery County. The vehicle veered off the right side of the roadway and traveled down an embankment. The tractor-trailer then traveled several feet and into a wooded area where it collided with some trees. Lillard suffered serious injuries in the crash and was transported by medical helicopter to the hospital. Fortunately, no other individuals were injured in the accident.
Auto accidents involving commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers, often result in severe property damage, serious injuries, and death. Collisions involving commercial trucks are devastating due to trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds. While several factors can lead to a truck accident, dangerous roadways, mechanical defects, and neglect driving are the most common causes. Truck drivers are often guilty of operating their vehicle fatigued, despite rules and regulations being in place to restrict a driver from operating a truck over a specific number of hours per day. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may have grounds to file a truck accident case.
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