Interstate 64 Truck Accident
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Interstate 64 (I-64) is a major west-east federal freeway beginning in Wentzville, Missouri (I-70 junction) and ending in Chesapeake, Virginia (I-264/I-664 junction). The nearly 954-mile highway travels near or through major cities, including St. Louis, Missouri, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, Charleston, West Virginia, and Richmond, Virginia.
Many portions of I-64 were completed in the 1960s, including the Sherman Minton Bridge Crossing the Ohio River. The Interstate 64 junction list includes interstates:
- 54/55 (St. Louis)
- 55/70 (East St. Louis)
- 57 (Mount Vernon)
- 65 (Louisville)
- 69 (Elberfeld)
- 70 (Wentzville, East St. Louis)
- 71 (Louisville)
- 75 (Lexington)
- 77 (Charleston)
- 81 (East Lexington)
- 95 (Richmond)
- 164 (Evansville)
- 170 (Richmond Heights)
- 195 (Richmond)
- 264 (Chesapeake, Louisville, Middletown, Norfolk)
- 265 (New Albany)
- 270 (Town and Country)
- 295 (Sandston Short Pump)
- 464 (Chesapeake)
- 564 (Norfolk)
- 664 (Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk)
Federal Highway planners initially proposed constructing the interstate away from the existing US Route 50 roads in Illinois. However, building a road near the corridor would shorten the mileage and lower costs.
In 2011, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels shut down the Sherman Minton Bridge due to structural problems, redirecting traffic to I-265. Crews repaired the numerous cracks found in the structure before reopening the bridge in February 2012.
What Truck Accident Victim Should Know
Most vehicle accidents occurring in the United States involve passenger cars colliding with pickup trucks, crashing into other objects, or hitting motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Most typical passenger car accidents require simple paperwork to obtain financial compensation to recover damages. These cases are usually complicated for numerous reasons, involving multiple parties, including the trucker who caused the crash, their employer (trucking company), maintenance crews, road construction crews, truck and tire manufacturers.
However, colliding with a semi-tractor-trailer leaves victims severely injured and permanently disabled. Some complications include:
- The semi-tractor-trailer is likely owned by a trucking company that hired the employee to drive the commercial truck
- The trucking company involved in paying the victims hires high-priced lawyers to minimize their liability
- These attorneys use civil tort law to deflect the responsibility away from their business toward the victim
Effective strategies used by the defense attorneys include identifying the employee trucker as an independent contractor. Their liability can be minimized by using respondeat superior doctrines.
However, the attorney working on behalf of the injured victims (plaintiffs) can prove their case using valuable evidence. The evidence might involve the trucker’s driving logs, blood test results, fuel and maintenance receipts, electronic monitoring system (black box) data, and the State Highway Patrol’s important investigative report.
I-64 Tractor-Trailer Accident Reports
Semi-tractor-trailers fully loaded can weigh over 80,000 pounds. The truck’s sheer weight and size colliding with a 5000-pound car can be catastrophic, leaving victims severely injured or dead.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), over 325,000 semi-tractor-trailers were involved in accidents on the nation’s highways in 2018. These crashes resulted in nearly 70,000 injuries and over 3000 fatalities.
The Illinois DOT truck accident statistics for 2018 revealed 13,071 crashes, resulting in 122 fatalities and 2235 injuries.
Many of the horrific collisions occurring on I-64 resulted from driver distraction and truck company mismanagement when their vehicles were not kept in optimal operating condition.
Some accidents recently reported by a news outlet include:
Virginia, July 2020 – State police closed I-64 in James City County after a commercial truck hauling dairy and bread products rolled over on the interstate at approximately 7:00 AM.
Early investigations revealed that the trucker driving through a work zone struck concrete barriers, overcorrected, and ran off the road. During the crash, the trucker struck the guardrail just before rolling over into the median.
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) transported the trucker to the emergency room with severe injuries. Portions of the road remain closed until 11:00 AM while crews remove the spilled products and damaged vehicles from the road.
West Virginia, February 2021 – West Virginia State Police closed I-64 at mile marker 152 in Carter County after a semi-tractor-trailer hauling beer crashed during the early morning hours, causing power outages and downing trees blocking the road.
Virginia, October 2020 – Virginia State Police reports indicate that a semi-tractor-trailer crash closed the I-64 eastbound lanes on Thursday in James City County. Law enforcement charged sixty-three-year-old Newport News Raymond Etheridge with reckless driving.
Police reports indicated that the crash occurred just before 5:00 PM. However, the lanes were not reopened until later that evening. The investigative report shows that the semi-truck ran off the road, jackknifing and striking a wall before overturning, blocking all lanes. The crash likely created a hazmat spill.
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) transported the truck driver to a local medical center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Hiring a Truck Accident Attorney to Resolve Compensation Cases
Were you injured, or was a loved one killed in an interstate commercial truck crash? Contact our personal injury lawyers to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
The truck accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can determine your case's merits to proceed with a personal injury claim. Our truck accident attorneys will never charge a fee unless we can secure a financial award for you in your case.
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