Truck driver Terry Curry, a 47-year-old native of Waxhaw, North Carolina, was charged with reckless driving after a catastrophic accident that occurred on December 26, 2013. Curry, who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, is recovering in a nearby hospital.
According to the Virginia State Police, Curry violently swerved to the left at about 3:30 AM, and quickly overcorrected, at which point he lost control of the tractor trailer and hit the guardrail on the highway. Although no one was killed, the northbound lanes of I-85 were shut down from 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM as clean-up crews worked to remove the debris from the roadway.
Although truckers and trucking companies alike are outraged by the new rules enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in July 2013, this accident (among others) seems to affirm their necessity. The new provisions, which are currently under fire by representatives of the trucking industry, mandate that commercial vehicle drivers must take a ½ hour break during the first eight hours on the road. These laws also force truck drivers to take at least one restart’’a 34 hour off-duty period, once per week in order to catch up on much needed rest.
Big accidents, like the one in Petersburg, Virginia, are often the result of fatigued driving’something that the regulations enacted by the FMCSA are designed to eliminate.
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