Did Drowsy Truck Driving Cause Death of Two People on I-95 in Henrico?
Drowsiness is a major problem in the trucking industry. Drivers are on the road for long periods of time and sleep apnea is endemic in the industry. I was sad to read drowsy truck driving may have claimed two more lives in Virginia.
The Richmond Times Dispatch reported how two people were killed this week in a tractor-trailer wreck in Henrico County. Virginia State Police say the driver may have fell asleep at the wheel.
Many fatal drowsy truck driving wrecks occur in the early hours of the morning and this was no exception. At about 1:15 a.m., the tractor-trailer ran off northbound Interstate 95, hit an overpass pillar and burst into flames at the I-295 interchange in Henrico County.
The driver and the passenger of the big rig were declared dead at the accident scene. The bodies were taken to the medical examiner’s office for identification.
The Richmond Times Dispatch report said state police stated the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel of the rig.
The Virginia Department of Transportation said a preliminary inspection indicates damage to the I-295 overpass but it was superficial and the span is safe to drive on.
My thoughts are with the family members of the two people who died in this horrific crash.
When big rigs crash, the consequences are often serious for drivers, passengers, and people in other vehicles.
In a case on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, we represented a man who suffered a brain injury when he was hit by a drowsy trucker.
Our client’s symptoms included a mild traumatic brain injury from the crash, attention-deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), headaches, and orbitofrontal syndrome related to the mild traumatic brain injury.
If you are the family member of a driver or a passenger who loses his life due to the fault of a drowsy trucker, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
This right is extended to passengers in a truck who are killed in a wreck caused by a sleepy driver.
You can find out more see our resources about trucking accidents in Virginia and North Carolina here.
Please call our tractor-trailer accident team today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.