Semi-truck accidents happen frequently across the United States and in the state of Virginia. Drivers are often overworked, sleep deprived and in some cases, they take various controlled substances to artificially stay alert on the roadway. Because of the immense size of tractor-trailers, semi-truck accidents often cause catastrophic damages to the drivers of smaller automobiles with whom they share the roadway.
Drunk driving accidents are often very serious or even fatal, and the chances of serious injury increase exponentially when the person driving under the influence is operating a commercial vehicle. Victims of these types of accidents may be surprised to find out that the tractor-trailer driver was driving drunk and wonder about how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations deal with drinking and operating a commercial vehicle.
Commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are large, heavy and extremely dangerous when they are involved in an accident. Indeed, semi-truck drivers and the drivers of smaller vehicles are all in great danger of suffering fatal injuries whenever such an incident occurs. For this reason, it is vital for truck drivers to be vigilant in keeping their eyes on the road; in using extra caution and never driving when they are drowsy or under the influence of an intoxicant.
A truck accident involving a fatigued driver claim one life and injured another person earlier this year. The driver in the case has been accused of falsifying his log books to make it seem like he had complied with federal safety standards that require drivers to stop and rest at regular intervals. Instead, investigators say that the driver was on the road for more than 35 hours with only three and a half hours of sleep. Even for the most experienced driver with a lot of coffee, that is not healthy and is certainly not safe.