Most drivers recognize that driving a vehicle when one is too tired is an unwise and often dangerous thing to do. It is all the more true that a truck driver should only drive when he or she has had enough rest, as a drowsy truck driver can inflict a lot more damage than would a drowsy passenger car driver.
A previous post on this blog discussed how the family of someone who got seriously injured in a Charlotte, North Carolina, truck accident should be aware of the signs of truck driver fatigue at the time of the collision, particularly if the incident happened at night.
North Carolina drivers may not always notice semis and other large vehicles on the roads. When their operators are trained to drive them safely and they abide by the rules of the road, semis, 18-wheelers and other large vehicles are simply other automobiles traveling down the roads and freeways. However, when problems occur with large vehicles, the dangerous situations they create can impact the safety of others.
Many of the goods that Charlotte residents buy at their favorite stores arrive by way of commercial trucks. Once loaded into the freight and cargo holds of large tractor-trailers, semi-trucks and other large vehicles, those goods cross miles of freeway on their routes to restaurants, stores and outlets all throughout the Mid-Atlantic. As they bump along their way the drivers of those trucks bring the goods and their massive vehicles into close contact with the many individuals who must drive their personal vehicles on the roads.
When you drive at night, you are facing some very unique risks. Trucker fatigue is one of the factors that can pose a big problem, especially at night. A fatigued trucker might not be able to control the rig in a safe manner. If you are struck by a semitruck at night and think trucker fatigue might come into the picture, there are some points regarding this type of fatigue that you should know because the root cause might impact what parties may be held accountable and from which you can seek compensation.
Any vehicular collision carries with it the risk of severe injury or even death, not to mention the possibility of costly damage to the vehicles involved. In cases where one of the vehicles was a semi truck or eighteen-wheeler, the people inside the non-commercial are at substantially increased risk of injury or death.
Interstate 95 has been the source of some trouble lately. The east coast interstate highway was closed in North Carolina earlier this month because of flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Then, a tanker truck accident briefly closed the interstate and caused an evacuation of nearby residents.