Four people from French Village, Missouri were injured in a Sainte Genevieve County Missouri trucking accident on July 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm. The French Village residents were driving on southbound I-55 when a faulty tractor trailer tire crossed the highway median and slammed into the 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix in which they rode. The wheel and tire came off a 2003 Kenworth T-300 driven by Coby A. Vogt from Trenton, Illinois. The Grand Prix drove off the road into the median after being hit by the tire and wheel.
The truck driver was not injured in the Missouri truck accident. Hailey N. Pogue, 4, Breana L. Finley, 11, and Stacey D. Parmer, 29, were seriously injured. Pogue and Finley were taken by Ste. Genevieve County ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Parmer was flown to Barnes Hospital. Christopher L. Parmer, 35, sustained minor injuries. He was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by private conveyance.
Improperly maintained tractor trailers pose a serious threat to public safety and increase the risk of Missouri truck accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that truck drivers regularly inspect their tractor trailers. Truck driver inspections are legal requirement designed to prevent serious injuries like those that occurred in the Sainte Genevieve County Missouri truck accident.
Truck drivers nationwide are required to prepare a daily post-trip inspection report. At the end of each day, truck drivers must inspect the tires, the wheels, the brakes, the lighting devices, the mirrors, the windshield wipers, and many other components. The truck driver is required to not the condition of each component, and whether the condition would affect the safety of driving. Drivers are required to keep a copy of the inspection report for at least three months.
Failing to properly inspect a commercial motor vehicle like a tractor trailer is a violation of federal law. If a truck driver does not properly inspect his tractor trailer and a malfunction causes an accident, the truck driver could be held liable for resulting accident injuries. The truck driver’s employer may also be held liable.