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Semi Truck, Big Rig and 18 Wheeler Accidents in Missouri

Large trucks, commonly referred to as semi trucks, big rigs and 18 wheelers, are frequently seen on the roads and highways of Missouri and Illinois. Because an 18 wheeler is substantially larger and heavier than other vehicles on the roadway and because it can take an 18 wheeler much longer to maneuver, the resulting accidents can be far more severe. These large trucks can weigh in excess of 40 tons when fully loaded, in contrast to a passenger vehicle that usually weighs no more than 2 or 3 tons. Big rigs take longer to stop, have larger blind spots and carry larger and heavier cargo than other vehicles. Big rigs carry loads that can scatter debris on the roadway, causing accidents, and are more likely to turn-over due to their high center of gravity.

Causes of 18 Wheeler Truck Accidents

Inattention and negligent driving by a Semi Truck driver result in catastrophic injuries or even death for the victims of the resulting accidents. If a truck driver has not received proper training or if a truck is overloaded, a crash can cause severe, debilitating injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries to accident victims.

Injuries Resulting from 18 Wheeler Truck Accidents

Possible injuries resulting from an accident involving an 18 wheeler include the following:

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