A FedEx tractor-trailer was involved in a crash in Westminster, Vermont. The driver, a 27-year-old man, lost control of the International truck and two trailers he was pulling in the early morning accident. That accident is being partly attributed to road conditions, but the truck and one trailer went down a bridge embankment and totaled both units. The other trailer remained on the interstate and caused severe damage to the guardrail and road. A second tractor trailer crashed into the trailer that was left on the road by the previous truck, totaling the trailer and blocked both lanes. Minor injuries were sustained by both drivers, and the road was closed for clean-up and bridge inspections.
Semi and heavy truck accidents can cause serious injuries and damage due to their size and heavy weight. There are around 15.5 million trucks in the United States, and almost 13% are semis, 18 wheelers, big rigs and tractor trailers. Trucks this size can be dangerous because of visibility issues. Also, most are carrying heavy loads which mean that stop time decreases which can increase accidents. The loads these trucks haul can be dangerous also. Sizes, shapes, and weight can all affect how the trailer drives and can even determine if the wind or other conditions can be dangerous for fellow drivers. Scarily, the average cost of a trucking accident is $59,150 and can be overwhelming to those injured in a trucking accident. Various accidents can be complex, so it is important to speak with a qualified attorney who specializes in these accidents.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC are based in St. Louis, Missouri and have helped countless accident victims receive compensation for their injuries. We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your family. Our focus is on our clients and their needs while striving for maximum compensation. If you or a loved one is looking for experienced representation for your injuries, call our downtown office today. We offer free no-obligation consultations to discuss your legal needs.