A van containing the Smith family from Inverness, MS was stopped at a traffic light waiting for it to turn green when all of a sudden a JNJ Express 18 wheeler driver crashed into the rear end of the van. All four members of the Smith family were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as: Edgar Smith, Kimberly Smith, Edgar Smith,V and Emily Smith.
Magee Police asked the Mississippi Highway Patrol to help with the investigation.
All too often, these 18 wheeler companies pay their drivers by the mile, and tell them the quicker they deliver their load, the more money they will make. So what happens is that the drivers work over the legal driving time limit and end up getting fatigued, falling asleep and causing a wreck like this one. The corporation should be required to pay for the damages for over-working their drivers who cause these type of accidents. If the same corporation has repeated violations of over-worked drivers, then that corporation should be put out of business. JNJ Express is out of Memphis and employs 184 drivers; the company carries at least one million dollars of insurance.
Fatigued truck drivers are the most dangerous vehicle on the highway. This aspect of dangerous driving is so common that the FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS created one section dealing specifically with this problem. Section 392.3 states that: "No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver's ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue,illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle."
Tractor-trailer trucks are dangerous already;but, they become extremely dangerous when their driver is fatigued! We represent clients who have been injured or killed in 18 wheeler accident cases. If you know of someone who may need assistance with one of these type of cases, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow for your FREE consultation 601-969-1977 or contact us online. Compare our track record to any other lawyer's track record in 18 wheeler cases.
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