This is a story about 60 minutes that might mean the difference between life and death on the highways and expressways. The federal government seems ready to order truck drivers to take an extra hour to rest every day.
CBS 2's Mike Parker talked to one family that really gets that idea.
Four years ago, a big rig truck, driven by a sleepy, fatigued, perhaps drugged out driver crossed the center divider on Route 120 in Round Lake. It slammed into several vehicles including Graham Brown's small sedan.
Brown was 27 when it happened. He's walking now, but it took a long time and 22 separate surgeries. He's lost the use of his left hand and arm. To read the rest of the story click here.
The Truck Safety Coalition is a partnership between The Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) Foundation, and Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T). The Truck Safety Coalition is dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes, providing compassionate support to truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims, and educating the public, policy-makers and media about truck safety issues. Check out their website for some great information on truck safety! Truck Safety Coalition Website
It can be very frightening and extremely dangerous to be involved in an accident with a truck that can weigh several tons. This is especially true if you are in a small passenger vehicle or motorcycle.
Semi-trucks are involved in thousands of truck accidents every year. Accidents that involve trucks often cause serious injuries or fatalities to people in smaller passenger vehicles.
Some factors that contribute to truck accidents are: Driver fatigue, DWI/drug use, speeding, aggressive driving, jack knives, unrealistic schedules, head-on crashes, rear-end crashes, lack of reflectors, poor visibility, inadequate maintenance, over loading or unsecured loads, failing brakes, tires & blowouts (over or under inflated tires), hazardous roads and weather.