Tired Truckers Investigated

By February 27, 2008Highway Safety

Tired truck drivers are a real safety hazard investigation reveals. This week, WISH-TV 8 in Indianapolis aired its investigation of tired truck drivers. What they found further confirms that tired truckers are a safety hazard.
Reporter Rick Dawson noted that truck drivers are under pressure to drive as long as possible and make faster deliveries. Government regulations are lax and when they’re broken, trucking companies look the other way.
J.R. Rose, an Alabama truck driver, was interviewed for the story. He bluntly stated: “There ain’t no safety, it’s all about money.”
In the segment, truckers also discussed the practice of keeping two log books that track hours. One book is shown to the police and the other is given to the trucking company.
A trucker who drove longer than allowed caused one of the deadliest crashes in Indiana history. In April of 2006, five people were killed on I-69 in Grant County. The truck driver, Robert Spencer, crossed the median and slammed into a van carrying Taylor University students and a staff member.
Spencer is now in prison.
The news segment advises motorists to quickly pass trucks and stay out of blind spots. If a motorist sees a truck driver who appears tired, the state police should be alerted.
If you or a loved one has been injured or a family member has been killed in a collision with a large truck, we urge you to contact Carey, Danis & Lowe. Our trucking-accident attorneys will find out whether the truck driver, trucking company, or trailer owner is responsible for the accident. If so, we will then seek compensation for future and other related medical expenses, future and other affected wages, pain and suffering, disability and/or other related damages.
An initial free consultation with Carey, Danis & Lowe attorneys for victims of trucking or truck related accidents is available. Appointments can take place at our office, at the hospital, or in the privacy of your home.
Contact Carey, Danis & Lowe Missouri/Illinois trucking-accident lawyers online or by calling 877-678-3400.
Visit our Truck-Accident Information Center.