A St. Louis trucking accident that left three people dead is a criminal matter, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Last summer, a distracted truck driver crashed into a line of cars stopped in traffic on Highway 40 in St. Louis. The truck driver admitted to the Missouri Highway Patrol that he had been distracted by his cell phone just before the fatal trucking accident.
The trucker, Jeffrey R. Knight, was criminally negligent. He faces three counts of involuntary manslaughter.
In addition to distracted driving, there are many other trucking accident causes including:
- Truck Driver Fatigue: Truck driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in Missouri and Illinois. Although laws are designed to limit truck driving activity, many drivers either disobey the law or engage in physical activity during the time they should be resting to drive.
- Drunk Driving Accidents: A significant number of trucking accidents are caused by the use of alcohol or drugs by the truck driver. Some truck drivers ignore the stringent laws against drunk driving or drug use, and their lawbreaking may lead to a catastrophic semi truck accident.
- Brake Failure: Brake failure, tire blowouts, brake light failure or other dangerous conditions that go undetected because of the truck owner’s failure to properly inspect or maintain the vehicle. It should be noted that the truck rig and the truck trailer are often owned by different people, each of whom has a responsibility to properly maintain their part.
- Improper Load Balancing: Warehouse workers who improperly balance the truck load can cause a truck driver to lose control of the truck when the load shifts unexpectedly, resulting in a rollover.
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