Thousands of crashes are caused by commercial truck driver fatigue
One of the chief reasons that 18-wheelers crash into smaller cars and trucks is truck driver fatigue. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that tired truckers cause up to 13% of these collisions and admits that this number is under reported. Commercial truck wrecks horribly take the lives of close to 5,000 people a year.
This photo is from a case we resolved this year when the tractor-trailer driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel on Interstate 35 in Fort Worth. This tragically caused the death of a woman on a motorcycle and serious injuries to our client and other people.
Texas sees far too many of these collisions. That is because we have the most miles of public roads (313,000), most licensed drivers (over 13 million), five of the top 13 most populated cities, and the busiest interstate highways.
Fatigued drivers cause thousands of truck crashes each year including heart-breaking ones like these:
- A woman's son and three of his friends were killed when a truck driver fell asleep and plowed into their vehicle; and
- Two parents and their two young children were driving home when a trucker who was asleep at the wheel slammed into their vehicle, killing the family.
- Tracy Morgan and his friends getting crashed into by a WalMart driver who had been driving for over 24 straight hours.
The problem of tired commercial truck drivers is a major problem. And it is getting worse, especially with the financial losses that many truck companies have suffered over the past few years. This has increased the pressure to move freight even faster across more crowded highways.