On Saturday afternoon, police in Minnesota were forced to close roadways after a semi-truck accident damaged a gas line. The accident happened at around 1 p.m. near Bloomington, Minnesota. According to authorities, a 44-year-old Missouri man was operating a semi-truck along Interstate 35W when it collided with the 86th Street Bridge. A gas main was damaged in the collision forcing police to close the roadway for several hours. The driver of the truck was uninjured in the crash.
Semi-truck accidents are frightening because they nearly always have serious and deadly results. The large vehicles weigh thousands of pounds and when a collision occurs, individuals often suffer serious injuries and death. Mechanical defects, dangerous roadways, and reckless driving are all common causes of semi-truck accidents and all are preventable. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, distracted driving, and fatigued driving are often to blame for semi-truck accidents. Despite traffic laws having been created to prevent a semi-truck driver from operating the vehicle for more than a specified amount of hours a week, drivers and trucking companies push for longer hours on roadways causing a driver to be fatigued. All semi-truck accidents should be fully investigated to determine the cause and party responsible.
The St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth have handled thousands of accident cases. We will analyze all aspects of your accident to determine if you have grounds to file a case. Our attorneys have recovered over $350 million in compensation for our clients and will fight to provide you with the maximum compensation for your damages. Contact our office today for a free no-obligation consultation.