Post Date: December 23rd, 2008
Just after noon on December 23, 2008, a multi-car wreck occurred on I-70 in Warren County, about 50 miles outside St. Louis, Missouri. The wreck involved 10 cars and four semi-trucks (tractor-trailers). Witness recount that there were several ambulances on these scene which were “taking people to the hospital left and right”. The total number of injuries was not immediately known, but tragically, at least one person was killed in the wreck. The car wreck shut down I-70 for a number of hours.
A recent storm front moving through the area left the roads wet and icy. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Al. Nothum said that accident reconstructionsists had been dispatched to the scene, but it was not clear whether the road conditions were the cause of the car wreck.
St. Louis Car Wreck Lawyers will often rely on the opinions of accident reconstructionists. However, in this case, reconstruction will be much tougher because of the roads are so wet. With these conditions, there are often little or no skid marks and/or yaw marks. Thus, witness statements become imperative. This is why it is so important to get a St. Louis Lawyer involved immediately. We will have our investigator obtain detailed statements from all of the witnesses and we will often go out to meet the witnesses and stay in touch with them.
Memories change over time, and unless the evidence of witnesses memories are preserved immediately, you never know what you are going to get. In addition to witness statements, there are other reasons why an attorney should get involved immediately. This is because there are a number of semi-trucks (tractor-trailer, 18-wheelers) involved. Semi-truck drivers are goverened by a set of laws that do not apply to other drivers. Additionally, tractor-trailer trucks are often equipped with a “black box”, much like air planes, which can tell us exactly what the truck was doing in the seconds before the wreck. However, this information is stored for only a short period of time. The best St. Louis semi-truck crash lawyers will obtain the black-box data immediately after the crash. This will tell us if the truckers were speeding and if they ever hit their breaks before the collision.
If you have been involved in a car wreck and would like to speak with a St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyer, contact Joshua P. Myers. You can contact me through my website or call 314-720-2706. It’s always free to discuss your case and our fees are based on a percentage of what we recover.
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