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Blog Category Asleep at the Wheel

Driving Drowsy is Dangerous in a Big Rig or a Car

October 22nd, 2018
  • Drowsy driving is estimated to cause up to 6,000 fatal wrecks each year.
  • Commercial drivers may be more likely than Non-Commercial drivers to drive drowsy.
  • People who snore or sleep 6 or fewer hours at a stretch are more likely to drive drowsy.

dangers of drowsy drivingWhen you are involved in a car or big truck accident, you are understandably anxious. Due to the catastrophic and powerful nature of car and big truck accidents, victims are often left with severe physical injuries, emotional Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel, Personal Injury, Punitive Damages, Truck Accidents, Uncategorized

Knowing When You Are Too Tired to Drive

January 1st, 2016

Drowsy Driving Road SignYou’ve been awake for 18 hours, but you think you can make it. You’re fairly certain that you can get behind the wheel and drive safely. But wait. What you may not know is that staying awake for 18 hours does to your body what a few drinks can. Your body and brain will react in the same way that someone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% does. Are you at risk for driving while drowsy? If any of … Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel

Mother Fights for Justice after Sleeping Trucker Crash

January 30th, 2015

download (14)There are several primary causes for accidents in the US. The largest reason that people get into car accidents is that there was a moment of inattentiveness behind the wheel. This inattentiveness can come about for many reasons.

What happens when the driver falls asleep behind the wheel and someone gets killed?

Jackie’s son and four others were killed in a crash in Hendersonville.  She remembers every moment that happened after that, “Ma’am there’s been a terrible accident.” Those are … Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel, In The News

Fatal June Accidents In North Carolina And Elsewhere Bring Attention To The Hazards Of Truck Driving

June 26th, 2013

Tractor trailerEarlier this month a tractor-trailer carrying orange juice crashed along North Carolina’s Interstate 95. The driver fell asleep at the wheel and the truck traveled into the median and hit the guardrail. The passenger was killed and the driver suffered injuries. The driver was charged with careless and reckless driving and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Similarly, a truck driver in New England has been criminally charged following a fatal accident with a motorcyclist. The driver was operating a fuel … Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel, Distracted Driver, Truck Accidents

Driver Fatigue Blamed In Crash That Killed 4 Injured 50

May 31st, 2011

Speeding BusEarly this morning, a Sky Express tour bus which departed out of Greensboro, North Carolina, crashed, killing 4 and injuring at least 50 others. Police cite driver fatigue as the cause of the wreck.

The tour bus, which left North Carolina at 10:30pm on Monday, was on its way to Chinatown in New York City. The bus veered off I95 north of Richmond, Virginia and hit an embankment, causing it to overturn.

According to USA Today, records from … Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel, Wrongful Death

Impaired Bus Driver Crashes With Students Onboard

December 10th, 2010

When people hear the term Driving While Impaired, or Driving Under the Influence, they usually think alcohol is involved, however, North Carolina law also includes operating under the influence of impairing substances, both legal and illegal. A school bus driver in Randolph County has been charged with speeding and driving left of center, and the pending toxicology tests could result in more charges.

The driver admitted taking a sedating allergy medicine the night before he crashed a school bus occupied … Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel, Drunk Driver

Six Injured In North Carolina When Drivers Fell Asleep

July 8th, 2010

News Channel 7 and Blue Ridge Now report that six people were injured Monday in Henderson, North Carolina in two separate accidents in which drivers fell asleep while driving. This resulted in road closures in both cases.

The first accident occurred at approximately 10:45 Monday morning. Investigators state that Jeremy Parker was driving with a revoked license and was driving while impaired when his Dodge Neon crossed the center line, striking an oncoming Honda Pilot. Both vehicles flipped over, and … Read more

Posted In: Asleep at the Wheel, Car Accidents, Distracted Driver

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