Trucker Acquitted in Fatal Poplar Street Bridge Accident While New Trucking Accident Happens on Same Bridge

By March 27, 2009Trucking Accidents

A tractor-trailer truck overturned on the Poplar Street bridge in St. Louis March 4, the same day another truck driver was acquitted in an unrelated fatal truck accident on the same bridge. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the tractor-trailer crashed into a ramp on the bridge and overturned before 9 a.m., getting stuck between two parts of the bridge. Emergency workers had to close the bridge for most of the day to free the truck, reopening it by 4:30 p.m. The truck driver was not hurt.
Elsewhere in St. Louis, the newspaper said, the driver of another tractor-trailer was acquitted of criminally negligent involuntary manslaughter for the death of his passenger in a 2006 St. Louis truck accident. The truck driven by Paramjit Singh Grewai in that accident skidded off the ramp and fell 60 feet, killing the passenger, Harbinder Singh, and seriously injuring Grewai. Law enforcement argued that he was driving erratically — he had been on the road for 16 hours straight — when he approached the bridge. Grewai himself testified that his brakes malfunctioned. The judge in the case didn’t believe him, but said his actions didn’t amount to criminal negligence.
As a St. Louis tractor-trailer accident lawyer, I can’t help but notice that these accidents took place in the same stretch of road. In fact, the last paragraph of the article on Grewai notes that MoDOT, in response to concerns about trucks speeding on the ramp, installed a retaining wall, flashing lights and signs setting a speed limit of 20 mph. The article on the more recent accident said police believed the truck driver had been driving too fast before the crash. Since both of these accidents took place after the new safety measures, it seems clear that speed is still a problem on the Poplar Street bridge.
I am not a traffic engineer, although of course I am interested in traffic issues because of my work as a Missouri semi truck accident attorney. However, if a truck accident is caused by roads where authorities know or should know there’s a clear hazard, victims may be able to hold those authorities liable for any accidents they fail to prevent. Accidents caused by defective roadways are relatively rare, but they do happen. When they do, it’s important to enlist help from an experienced truck accident lawyer to ensure that you don’t get lost in the maze of additional deadlines, bureaucracy and rules you must follow when suing a government agency.
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