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Sleepy driver blamed in Oklahoma truck accident

A drowsy driver may have caused an Interstate 35 accident that involved three semi trucks and sent one driver to the hospital.

The truck accident occurred in Oklahoma near mile marker 20 when a southbound driver of a Freightliner hit the back of another southbound Peterbilt. The driver of Freightliner tried to correct as he veered off the road. As he came back onto the highway, he hit another semi.

The Freightliner’s driver suffered multiple injuries in the crash. After initial treatment at a local hospital, he was transferred to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. The driver was in stable condition.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol listed the cause of the accident as inattention. The report also included that a “sleepy” driver played a role in the crash, which happened at about 4 p.m. in the afternoon.

Drowsy driving is the cause of 100,000 accidents and 40,000 injuries each year, according to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal agency notes on its website that its estimates are only part of the story, because drowsy driving in often underreported as the cause of a crash.

Unlike blood or breath tests that indicate a driver consumed alcohol, there are no conclusive tests to determine whether a driver might have dozed off behind the wheel. The time of day or type of accident may provide circumstantial evidence that fatigue played a role.

Often commercial drivers feel pressure to stay behind the wheel even when exhausted to meet deadlines. When semi-trucks are involved in accidents, there are often serious injuries. If driver negligence caused the collision, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to pay for your medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: The Daily Ardmoreite, “Texas man hospitalized in three-semi crash,” July 24, 2014.


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