WAVY10 (WAVY.com) reported on June 24, 2014 that driver inattention caused a fatal tractor-trailer crash on May 15, 2014 – on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The cause was investigated. Other causes such as mechanical defects to the truck and the medical condition of the driver were ruled out. The driver failed to see a lane that was closed while driving a truck and hauling a container for Maersk Line Limited. The truck jackknifed while trying to steer away from the closed lane and crashed, heading into the Bay waters. The incident happened at about 10 am. Rescuers couldn’t get to the driver.
Driver distractions are all too common in vehicle accidents including truck accidents. Many trucking companies have deadlines for when items must be delivered. Because of these deadlines, some drivers don’t get the full amount of sleep that they need, frequently exceeding Federal Motor Carrier Regulations which mandate the amount of sleep a driver must get and how long his trip can be before he must stop and rest. Because of the boredom of truck driving, many drivers try to keep entertained while driving. Entertainment can include talking on a cellphone, texting while driving, or just changing the radio station. Additionally, truck drivers need to know what routes to take so they may focus on their GPS (Global Positioning System) while they’re driving.
Any distractions or simply lack of sleep can cause truck drivers to fail to cognitively see the road or have the time and ability to react to dangers in front of them. Because of the size and weight of trucks, it’s always more difficult to react to any dangers than for smaller vehicles so time is a crucial element in avoiding truck accidents.
Norfolk truck accident attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., has been helping personal injury accident victims for over 25 years. He’s helped thousands of clients, and knows what it takes to represent the rights and interests of those who have been injured in truck accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, call Joe Miller today at (888) 694-1671 and learn more about what he can do for you.