Truck drivers are sometimes pushed by their trucking companies or they push themselves to reach their destinations quickly. As a result, they may drive fast and deprive themselves of much needed sleep. Unfortunately, lack of sleep can cause a trucker to become drowsy on the road, which can lead to a Norcross truck crash.
Many truckers suffer from fatigue, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or other medical conditions that put them at increased risk for causing accidents. When a trucker ignores fatigue or a medical condition and continues to push on, he or she can cause a devastating wreck since a loaded truck weighs in over 80,000 pounds. This presents a significant risk to the average car that weighs around 3,000 pounds.
When a Trucker’s Medical Condition Is Hazardous to the Public
Last November, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association ordered a Georgia-licensed commercial motor vehicle driver, trucker Johnny Felton Jr., to cease operating following a fatal crash because they found him to be a hazard to public safety. The U.S. Department of Transportation release stated that this truck driver’s “failure to exercise an appropriate duty of care to the motoring public regarding his medical conditions” resulted in the death of Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage.
Sadly, Felton isn’t the only truck driver who has failed to disclose to a medical examiner his disqualifying medical condition. When truckers and trucking companies violate safety standards and the law, innocent people can get hurt.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an 18-wheeler, a Norcross accident attorney at Shane Smith Law can launch an investigation into the crash, examine all evidence and establish liability to obtain maximum compensation in your case. Call us today at 770-HURT-999 for a complimentary case consultation today.