Truck drivers are especially susceptible to fatigue. The long hours, boredom and seemingly endless roads are all contributors to tiredness. Add into the mix sleep disorders and not following the body's natural biological clock by driving at night and it could be the combination needed for a deadly accident caused by truck driver fatigue.
Recently, in Chicago, a state trooper was killed in a truck accident. According to a report obtained by the Sun-Times, the truck driver had fallen asleep, veered to the left and crashed into a patrol car that was parked on the left shoulder of Interstate 294.
The 28-year-old state trooper inside of the patrol car was killed. At this point, an investigation into the crash is still ongoing and the driver of the truck is yet to be charged.
In Illinois, trucks are supposed to stay in the far two right lanes on interstates. However, if it is true the driver fell asleep behind the wheel, this would explain how he ended up on the left side.
In looking at this accident, there are many questions that need to be answered. For example, the accident happened shortly after 11 p.m., was the driver on the road too long? Were his log books up-to-date? What about the driver? Does he have a sleep disorder? Did the company he works for know about this sleep disorder yet continue to let him drive anyway?
In cases such as this one, where it is believed driver fatigue may have played a role in a crash, this is where an attorney with experience handling truck accident cases can step in to obtain driver's logs and other information that is crucial to a case. The facts of the case can end up leading to compensation for those who are injured or the family of those killed.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Trucker Fell Asleep In Crash That Killed Trooper: Report," April 26, 2013