Sleeping truck driver plunges into ravine in Virginia, critically injured
Truck driving is dangerous business. Driver fatigue hurts truckers as well as others on the highway. Yesterday, at 2:13 AM on I-95 in Virginia, a 53-year-old truck driver from Kentucky was critically injured when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and plunged his truck into a 100-foot deep ravine. According to police he sustained severe internal injuries, a fractured neck and a collapsed lung.
I’ve heard stories from truck drivers about being required to drive trips that could not be driven safely due to fatigue, and of shippers and dispatchers insisting on short delivery times despite note making loads available until hours beyond the projected shipment time. Too often the truck drivers are pawns of a broken system.
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks).