Many truck drivers operate on our highways after long hours behind the wheel without proper rest and sleep.
This fact came to the forefront when the popular comedian, Tracy Morgan, was seriously injured in a crash with an 18-wheel tractor-trailer.
Walmart employed the driver of the tractor-trailer. It was reported that he had been awake for more than 24 consecutive hours.
The truck driver failed to notice slow moving traffic ahead of him. His truck struck the vehicle that Tracy Morgan was riding in with such force that it killed one of the passengers, comedian James McNair, and seriously injured Mr. Morgan and others.
This tragic accident brings to light a problem that has caused too many injuries and deaths – namely, fatigued truck drivers operating huge tractor-trailers and endangering everyone on the road.
Trucking companies must be held accountable in providing safe truck drivers on our public highways.
The consequences of not doing so are far too high.