Driver fatigue is an ongoing issue and danger on our roads that needs addressed. It is far too often that truck drivers get behind the wheel when exhausted thereby creating an extreme danger for all others on the road with them. Our attorneys file lawsuits to punish wrongdoers like these and prevent future incidents of recklessness through our legal action. We encourage our readers to also take a stance against this important safety issue and spread the awareness to their loved ones and friends. Driver fatigue is a serious issue, so it is important to raise awareness of tragic events linked to fatigue to help put a stop to these dangerous behaviors.
According to a recent article by ABC, truck driver fatigue was a major factor in a recent Stevenson Expressway crash in which six people were injured. The accident occurred on the Stevenson Expressway near 1st Avenue. The driver of a semi-truck fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into 13 vehicles. Not only did the crash occur on a busy Chicago highway, but this was also in a construction zone and around 5 a.m. on a weekday when commuters are hitting the road. As a result, six people suffered personal injuries, and all inbound lanes of I-55 at 1st Avenue were shut down. The truck driver admitted to state police that he fell asleep at the wheel. Charges have not been filed, but the investigation is still ongoing.
One commuter was on her way to work at the time when her vehicle was hit by the semi. She suffered a broken neck and clavicle as a result of the accident and has ongoing pains in her side. A car in the accident was ejected into the air, flew over, and landed directly on top of this victim’s car.
According to DrowsyDriving.org of the National Sleep Foundation, drowsy driving is extremely common, per their recent studies and polls of drivers. The foundation took a poll in 2005 of 168 million people which revealed that 60% of adult drivers admitted to getting behind the wheel while drowsy at least once in a year, and 37% have actually fallen asleep. Of those who have fallen asleep, 13% admit to having done so at least once per month. That’s a large amount of people making a habit and routine out of dangerous actions, which means that fatigued driving occurs far too often on our roads. When it is occurring this often, this is exemplary that people are making a deliberate choice to be reckless, drive too tired, and be a source of danger on the roads.
Our attorneys caution readers against getting behind the wheel if they are tired. When people choose to get behind the wheel when they are too tired to drive, their decision does not only affect themselves but everyone else driving on the road. When it becomes a habit, this shows a disregard for safety on the road. In fact, according to the same article by National Sleep Foundation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue every year. This recklessness needs to stop, and drivers must remember that their bad decisions are not isolated to their own safety but are responsible for the deaths and injuries of others, and when these accidents occur, victims can seek justice through our legal system.