Trucking Companies – Learning More about Motor Carriers Involved in Fatal Big Rig Crashes


Two weeks ago, the death of New Yorker Julie Stratton was once again in the news. Truck driver Thomas Wallace pled guilty to second degree manslaughter after admittedly driving 27 hours on 4 hours sleep (a blatant HOS violation) and crashing into Mrs. Stratton’s car as it sat disabled on the side of the road, awaiting roadside assistance.

Last week, there was a tragedy much closer to home. Grovertown’s Adele Nielsen died in a tragic accident at Indiana 49 and Vale Park Road, where the truck driver has admitted to law enforcement investigators that he “dozed off” shortly before rear-ending Mrs. Nielsen’s sedan, shoving it over 450 yards before coming to a stop atop the car itself.

Within two weeks, two tragic examples of sleep deprivation and its impact upon commercial truck drivers and those who share the roadways with them. But what about the trucking companies?

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