Yesterday morning, driver fatigue caused another frightening truck accident on I-55. This particular truck crash happened on I-55 in the Village of Summit, Illinois, just south of First Avenue. According to news reports, the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into 13 cars in a construction zone, sending six people to the hospital with injuries. The collision occurred at 3:40 am.
Driver Fatigue, Truck Accidents and I-55
In recent weeks, I have written a number of blog posts about tragic truck accidents on I-55 in Illinois. While highways are dangerous places in and of themselves, this particular stretch of I-55 seems to have more than its share of serious and fatal accidents. While I have not been close enough to the investigations in each crash to pinpoint the exact cause of the collisions, local news reports indicate that this most recent crash happened because the truck driver fell asleep.
Of the most common causes of truck accidents, driver error is the leading cause. Of the different types of driver error, driver fatigue is one of the most common. Driver fatigue can be caused by many factors, but the end result is that the truck driver is not as alert and responsive as federal regulations require truck drivers to be to safely operate on our nation’s roads and highways.
Safety Before Profits
It’s no surprise that running a successful trucking company means making a profit. That’s how business works. Yet, my colleagues and I at APITLA and on the Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, have seen an increasing focus on profits over safety in recent years.
The federal safety regulators have also expressed concerns about this dangerous trend – and passed new hours of service for truck drivers. These new hours of service are geared to help ensure that truck drivers have sufficient breaks between shifts. Those longer breaks are designed to help let drivers rest up so that they can safely driver their 80,000 lbs. machines down I-55 and across the country.
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