When drivers don't get enough sleep, they shouldn't be on the roads. Unfortunately, some make the mistake of opting out of sleep in exchange for caffeine or drugs that keep them awake. This doesn't always help, though, and when they nod off, it can mean a serious collision.
A truck driver from Kentucky is about to face trial for a fatal crash he was involved in while in the state. The man, who is from London, Kentucky, faces six counts of vehicular homicide. He is also charged with driving violations and reckless aggravated assault.
He was meant to face trial two times in 2017, but in both cases, the trial was put on hold. Now, the 42-year-old man is expected to go to trial in Chattanooga in 2018. His trial will involve a 16-person jury chosen to determine his fate.
The crash allegedly caused by the driver took place in 2015. It was on Interstate 75 near Chattanooga. He'd been traveling in a construction zone when he failed to slow for traffic. It's believed that he'd taken methamphetamine and was fatigued when he caused the crash that caused the deaths of six people.
Crashes like this are unfair to the people on the roads. If drivers got enough sleep and made sure not to be distracted, they could avoid many of the collisions that take place and prevent families from suffering these losses. If you lose a loved one this way, know that you're not alone and support is available for legal and personal matters you need to resolve.
Source: U.S. News, "Truck Driver's Trial to Begin in Tennessee Fatal Crash," Jan. 21, 2018