The National Transportation Safety Board has finished its investigation into a fatal accident involving a semitruck and six other vehicles on on Interstate 75 near Chattanooga. According to the NTSB, the man driving the semi should not have been behind the wheel.
The crash occurred in June 2015, resulting in the deaths of six people. The NTSB’s probable causes statement stated that the driver was allegedly on methamphetamine when the accident occurred.
This is not the first time the man has had problems with his alleged illegal drug use. The NTSB reported that the man had been fired two years earlier from a trucking job due to his alleged illegal drug use. The NTSB also said that the man was likely awake for 40 hours without sustained rest before the crash. The chairman of the NTSB said, “The driver in this crash should not have been behind the wheel of a large truck. As long as human beings drive trucks, they must be rested and unimpaired.”
The driver was allegedly traveling about 80 miles per hour when he hit a 55 mph construction site with ample warnings. There was no evidence that the man had hit his brakes or that he even tried to avoid the slow-moving vehicles ahead of him. He is currently being held on a bond of $500,000.
In 2014, the NTSB said that 30 percent of work zone fatality crashes involve large trucks. If you are injured in an accident involving a truck driver who was impaired at the time of the accident, you have a right to seek compensation.
Medical care can be very expensive and if you are unable to work, the financial burden can become very heavy. An experienced attorney can provide information on how you can proceed with a civil case seeking compensation for your injuries and legal options.
Source: New York Daily News, “Tired truck driver high on meth caused car crash that killed six on Tennessee highway,” Oct. 04, 2016