When a truck driver is behind the wheel, it's of the utmost importance that he or she is alert and well-rested. If the individual hasn't had enough sleep, he or she could make poor decisions that lead to a crash.
Car crashes involving a commercial vehicle are much more likely to result in an injury or fatality. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that out of 141,000 observed crashes involving a commercial truck, 87 percent of them were a result of driver error.
Illinois residents may be following reports of the truck accident involving Tracy Morgan and fellow comedian James McNair that have drawn a lot of attention to the commercial trucking industry. Many questions have been raised about the crash that now have to be answered, like how long the driver of the truck that struck Morgan's vehicle had been behind the wheel. In fact, some people have determined a new term for what may have caused the accident that day: drowsy driving.