A devastating North Carolina truck accident can be caused by many things – distracted driving (amazingly, even professional truck drivers often text while operating an 80,000-pound vehicle), driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and speeding, just to name a few.
However, one of the most common causes of big rig wrecks is driver fatigue. It makes sense if you think about it: truckers spend a lot of time on the road. It can be tiring. It can be boring. But – and this is the important thing – there are ways to minimize the effect of fatigued driving on truckers.
In fact, there are not only “suggestions” from agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (get enough sleep, maintain a healthy diet, take a nap, avoid medication that causes drowsiness, recognize the signals of drowsy driving…), but there are laws in place designed to combat this growing problem. Both truckers and trucking companies can find themselves in “hot water” if these rules are not followed.
Lawsonville Driver Faces Reckless Driving Charge
Earlier this summer, a 26-year-old tractor-trailer driver from Lawsonville, North Carolina, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel as he was driving his rig along Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. The truck allegedly overturned, and then a vehicle rounded a corner and came upon the overturned truck, causing a second collision.
The wreck closed the northbound lanes of the interstate for several hours, and at least one person was injured in the crash. The truck driver was charged with one count of reckless driving, according to the report.
Under Virginia law, a person who drives in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person can be found guilty of reckless driving. The trucker could potentially face jail time, fines, and the suspension of his driving privileges.
Fatigued Driving Likely to be a Continuing Problem on North Carolina Roadways
Despite the efforts of state and federal governments – and even criminal charges in some cases – fatigued driving is a problem that is not likely to go away anytime soon. Perhaps, as more attention is brought to the issue and more drivers and companies are held accountable for the tragic results of driving while drowsy, the role that alertness plays in responsible trucking will be more appreciated.
A North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm Focused on Truck Accident Cases
At Nagle & Associates, our truck accident lawyer is thoroughly committed to helping those who have been hurt by fatigued driving and other acts of negligence hold careless truckers and greedy trucking outfits liable for the injuries and wrongful deaths they cause. Attorney Carl Nagle has spent over 20 years in the legal field, including having worked as a claims adjuster and insurance defense attorney. This gives him a more complete understanding of the inner workings of the industry and the tactics used to minimize claims. For a free consultation, call us at 800-411-1583. We serve clients throughout the state of North Carolina.
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