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Posted on June 9, 2015 by

Jack-knifed Tractor Trailer Causes Highway Backup

When you’re driving, sometimes it’s easy to forget how many different types of vehicles you share the roadways with. Driving has become so common that we just do it, as if we are pre-programmed to allow the space for big trucks or to be careful of motorcycles. When a tractor trailer is involved in an accident, we are quickly reminded of how big and dangerous they can be.

According to an article on, a semi-truck and a car were in an auto accident on Thursday in Madison County, near Marine, Illinois. The accident, at the junction of I-70 and Illinois State Highway 143, backed up traffic on I-70 westbound. The truck jack-knifed and spilled the contents of its load out in the median and on the highway. One person involved in the accident was transported to the hospital by medical helicopter.

The article did not state the cause of the accident. However, when an accident involving a truck is caused by negligence of the truck driver or trucking company, the can be held responsible for your injuries. A few examples of negligence can be:

  • Trucker fatigue
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Over-sized or shifting loads
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Whatever the reason for negligence, we want to help you. If you or someone you know has been involved in accident with a tractor trailer, call your St. Louis truck accident attorneys today!