In this busy time of the year, many of us spend a considerable amount of time on the road. Whether heading off to a college football game at our alma mater, getting a jump start on holiday shopping, or just running the kids to one activity after another, we spend a lot of our time driving.
Unfortunately, frequent travel has a tendency to put motorists in harm’s way, since there is little choice but to share the road with large trucks, many of which are being driven by truckers who are too tired to operate an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer safely.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, truck driver fatigue is a growing problem that causes many accidents, some fatal, annually. Truckers who drive while suffering from fatigue have a slower reaction time and a reduced ability to assess situations on the road. Particularly problematic is the fact that truckers are often unable to correctly assess their own level of fatigue and thus may not even realize they are “driving drowsy” and endangering others.
Violent Crash on I-95
An early morning crash shut down Interstate 95 for several hours recently as officials cleared the road of a tractor-trailer that was “shredded to pieces,” according to a news report. The truck was carrying frozen chicken at the time of the accident. Driver fatigue was cited as a possible factor in the accident, which occurred at some time after 3 AM. The crash was so violent that it reportedly cracked a concrete support for an overpass.
The truck driver, who according to reports has been charged with careless and reckless driving as a result of the accident, survived the crash but was sent to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the wreck.
Another Fatigue-Related Accident on I-85
Just a couple of days prior to the I-95 accident, another serious truck accident occurred on Interstate 85. The truck was carrying a load of bananas and reportedly flipped over, spilling cargo all over the roadway and closing the interstate for several hours. As with the I-95 crash, the driver – who apparently fell asleep at the wheel – survived the crash.
The news reports describing these two accidents made no mention of other vehicles being involved in either accident. While this is very fortunate, the results could just as easily have been even more catastrophic had a motorist happened to have been in the vicinity of either of these fatigued drivers at the time of the accident in question.
Talk to a Skilled North Carolina Truck Crash Lawyer
Carolina truck accident attorney Carl Nagle and Nagle & Associates handle serious injury and fatal truck accident lawsuits throughout North Carolina. He understands that it takes time and energy to properly litigate a truck accident case. Since he began his career working in the insurance industry, he knows how hard insurers and trucking outfits will fight in order to avoid or minimize liability. To put this experience to work on your side of the case, call us at (800) 411-1583 and ask for a free case evaluation.
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