On Tuesday morning, a semi truck driver was arrested and charged with drunk driving following a wreck on I-55. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the wreck happened at about 11:00 am., near the Wynndale Road exit. Apparently, a tire blew out on the large tractor trailer. The driver then lost control of the 18-wheeler and it overturned in the median. The crash had northbound and southbound lanes closed as crews worked to clear the scene.
Truck Driver Arrested for DUI
Officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol report that the big rig driver, a 35-year-old, was suspected to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. He is now facing charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. There's no word on whether or not any other vehicles were involved or if the driver or anybody else was injured in this crash.
Crashes Involving Big Rigs in Jackson
Crashes involving semi trucks and other large commercial vehicles can be devastating for victims in smaller passenger vehicles. Since 18-wheelers are so much larger and heavier than traditional vehicles, they have additional rules and regulations to follow in order to keep roads safe for all motorists. If drivers or commercial trucking owners aren't found to be following all required federal safety regulations, they can be held liable for damages associated with crashes. Since driver fatigue is so dangerous, there are hours-of-service rules and strict drug rules to ensure safety for everybody on U.S. roadways.
Jackson Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured if or you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a commercial trucking vehicle, you need to speak with an experienced and proven personal injury attorney as soon as possible. There are a variety or federal regulations involved with the safe and lawful operation of a big rig, so investigations can be lengthy and in depth. Your lawyer can keep up with official developments and make sure your rights are being protected.
After an accident involving a tractor trailer, contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.