Truck driver fatigue is one the primary reasons for truck accidents. In order to address the problem of driver fatigue, a Lafayette, Louisiana-based truck company has adopted a pay-per-hour model instead of a pay-per-mile model, which is the industry standard.
Truck accidents can occur unexpectedly and have a significant impact on the lives of victims. A serious truck accident in a nearby state recently sent two people to the hospital with injuries and left another with minor injuries. Two of the injured individuals had to be airlifted to the hospital. The multi-vehicle wreck involved three semi trucks, two of which rolled over, and a SUV. The accident occurred when one of the semi-truck drivers lost control of the tractor trailer, went off the left side of the roadway and overcorrected, causing the semi to lie down on its side in the highway.
A truck accident can have a profound impact on victims and the lives of victims. A truck accident in another state, involving a popular chain retailer, recently killed one person and critically injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, as well as others. According to a recent criminal complaint filed against the truck driver, he had allegedly been awake for 24 hours when the semi-truck crash took place. The chain retailer that employed the driver, Walmart, released a statement that it was Wal-Mart's belief that the truck driver was working within federal service regulations at the time of the accident. The CEO of Walmart commented that if its truck was the cause, Walmart would take responsibility. The 35-year old truck driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto related to the accident.
Large trucks present a unique danger on the Louisiana roadways. They can get into accidents more easily in light of the fact that they are difficult to maneuver and can likewise cause more damage because of their size. Truck accidents can even cause such serious injuries that those involved ultimately are unable to walk away from the incident.