While Louisiana residents rely on the trucking industry to distribute food and goods across the state and country, large commercial trucks can be extremely dangerous to other motorists on the roads. Trained truck drivers are in high demand to meet the industry’s tight deadlines. In order to increase productivity, many truck drivers are tempted to put in extra hours behind the wheel. When oversized commercial trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds are manned by drowsy, distracted or impaired drivers, the results can be deadly.
In an attempt to combat commercial truck driver fatigue, the federal government has enacted strict laws regulating the amount of time that truck operators can spend driving each day and each week. Drivers must record all of their hours in a log book.
A 51-year-old commercial truck driver is facing felony charges of log book violations after recording false information in his log book. Law enforcement officials discovered this information during an investigation into a fatal truck accident that occurred in late July.
The accident occurred when a large semi-truck collided into three cars that were completely stopped in traffic on Chicago’s Interstate 55. As two lanes merged into one, the truck merged over into the three stopped vehicles. The accident fatally injured four people, and critically injured four more.
Officers administered a blood and urine test to determine whether or not the truck driver had any drugs or alcohol in his system. Law enforcement is also working to obtain phone records to determine if the man was talking on a cellphone at the time of the accident.
Large truck accidents can be devastating for everyone involved. People who have been victimized by semi-truck drivers may find it helpful to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who may be able to help them put together a solid case.
Source: WGNTV, “Truck driver charged, victims identified in fatal I-55 crash,” Tonya Francisco, July 22, 2014.