A truck driver is being accused of falling asleep at the wheel and crashing into not one, but two homes near Colfax, Washington back in the middle of July. Overdrive Online reported that the truck driver, who has been identified as a 41-year-old male, was operating a Heartland Express truck with his 38-year-old wife as his passenger from Tacoma to Clarkston, WA. They had been hauling a load of Kirkland toilet paper.
Around 8:00 a.m., the truck left State Route 26 and went down an embankment and through one home, says the news outlet. The truck continued on down another steep hill and crashed through the living room of another house. Thankfully, no one sustained any injuries despite the degree of damage that had been done.
Around the same time this incident occurred, another transpired in Moxee, Washington. The Washington State Patrol announced they were investigating an accident involving a Ford Explorer and a dump truck. Police said Robert Tromblee, 30, of Wapato, had been heading south in his Ford around 8:30 a.m. when he crossed the center line. He ended up crashing head-on into the dump truck in the 1900 block of Konnowac Pass Road [Source: The Seattle Times].
Unfortunately, Tromblee was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and suffered severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the truck collision. The driver of the dump truck, however, did not sustain any injuries. While police aren’t sure what caused the driver of the Ford to veer into the lanes of oncoming traffic, there are two main reasons why we see these types of accidents occurring on our roadways today.
- The driver falls asleep at the wheel.
Although drowsing driving is “one of the most underreported traffic safety issues” as it is difficult to determine when a driver was falling asleep or was nodding off just before an accident, it is a serious issue that needs to continually be addressed. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reported that approximately 4,121 accidents occurred between 2011 and 2015 as a result of someone driving drowsy, a study conducted by the AAA says “that the danger of drowsy driving sours above officials estimates.” So, one way to help reduce your chances of engaging in an accident is by ensuring you get enough sleep the night before so that you are refreshed and able to drive.
- The driver is distracted by their phone or something else that causes them to take their eyes off the road.
Drivers of both cars and large commercial trucks should refrain from using their cell phone or engaging in any other type of behavior that distracts them from driving.
Distracted driving is yet another issue that leads to fatal accidents on roadways today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nine people are killed each day in the U.S. in these types of incidents and more than 1,000 are injured. It is important to remember that a driver can be distracted by many different things including their cell phone, a passenger, a sign on the side of the road, and even by their own thoughts. One way to help reduce your chances of causing one of these types of collisions is to keep all forms of distractions out of sight and avoid getting caught up in your thoughts, at least while you are driving.
Whether you are a truck driver of a commercial vehicle or someone who drives a passenger vehicle to and from work, when you drive drowsy or distracted, you increase the chances of causing an accident. Therefore, if you want to help make the roadway a safer place and your trip an accident-free one, it is best you refrain from engaging in any type of behavior that compromises your ability to operate a vehicle.
If you have been involved in a wreck with a large truck in WA such as a semi or big-rig and you believe the driver fell asleep at the wheel or was distracted, you may want to consider discussing your accident with a Washington truck crash lawyer. The lawyers USAttorneys.com can connect you with will help you understand your rights and if you are entitled to collect any compensation for the injuries you have sustained.
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