Truck Accidents Caused by Fatigue and Overwork
Driver fatigue and the pressure of delivering cargo on time can lead to tragic results. Alvin Wilkerson a driver for Crete, a national commercial carrier based in Nebraska, had not slept in 34 hours and was being told to deliver another load when the accident happened. The result was that Wilkerson’s semi-tractor trailer slammed into the car stopped ahead and killed 7 children all brothers and sisters. Alvin Wilkerson pled guilty to vehicular manslaughter and is serving a lengthy prison sentence. Crete truck lines is under investigation for both criminal negligence and civil negligence. The communication between Wilkerson and the company dispatcher has come under scrutiny along with the driver logs and schedules. Driver fatigue and delivery pressure can lead to this terrible result. This appears to be a completely avoidable truck accident. Truck safety regulations must be followed to prevent this type of tragedy.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)