Tired truck drivers becoming the rule not the exception
As many may already know, a recent accident involving actor/comedian Tracy Morgan in New Jersey has shined a spotlight on a nationwide problem that is not getting the attention it deserves –tired truck drivers. Sanders.Law believes this is a problem that needs more attention.
The Morgan accident occurred June 7, 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan was in a limousine with 6 other passengers when the limo was hit from behind by a truck driver. The result was a 6-vehicle accident that killed one person and injured four. A criminal complaint alleges that the 35-year-old Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident. Although, Roper has pled not guilty, the news is revealing to us all, tired truckers are not the exception – they are the rule. For years now, there has even been a group called “Parents Against Tired Truckers” (http://trucksafety.org/) that has been lobbying Congress to make the truck industry more safe.
Many people feel that by putting the spotlight on tired truck drivers that we are unfairly attacking the entire industry. There are always politicians who, rather than tackle a problem on the merits, use catch-phrases and spin simply to advance their power. A June 16th article in the New York Times quotes Bill Graves, a man from my area whom I have admired for years, refers to people like P.A.T.T. and lawyers like me as “anti-truck.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Sanders.Law are pro-truck and pro-industry. I simply want our communities and our highways to be safe places to live and drive. I don’t want a qualified truck driver to fall asleep at the wheel and turn the wheels of free-market economies into 40-ton catapults of destruction.
Sanders.Law are proud to be part of the solution and are thankful that, while tragic, Tracy Morgan’s incident is waking America up to the problem of truckers asleep at the wheel.