Passenger car drivers are often intimidated by the enormous 18-wheeler rigs with which they share the highway, but a recent Dallas car accident involving one of these trucks was apparently the result of negligence on the part of the automobile driver. The incident took place in the early morning hours two weeks ago when the driver of a Honda Accord driving in the southbound lanes of I-45 crashed into another vehicle after the Honda’s driver fell asleep behind the wheel.
The driver that caused that crash brought his vehicle to a stop in the highway’s center lane and exited the car, where moments later it was struck by a double trailer FedEx truck driven by 30-year-old truck driver Quantico Smith. Smith lost control of his big rig and crashed through a highway barrier. The truck dangled off of the roadway before dropping onto a road below, where it exploded into flames. Smith was killed in the car accident and a passenger in the Honda was injured.
Fatal Dallas Car Accident Blamed on Drowsy Driving
The Dallas car accident that killed the FedEx driver took place at 2:35 in the morning when the Honda driver crashed his vehicle into the car in front of it. The driver was given a field sobriety test which determined that his Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was normal, but he admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel. According to travel group AAA, drowsy driving plays a role I almost 8 times more serious accidents than currently estimated by the federal government.
Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a study based on dashboard video from 700 accidents and found that 9.5% of all accidents involved drivers falling asleep behind the wheel. Roughly one-third of those crashes were serious enough that they resulted in significant property damage, one of the vehicles’ involved airbag being deployed, rollover or injury, and that ratio is even greater for accidents that are more severe. According to David Yang, the foundation’s executive director, “Drivers who don’t get enough sleep are putting everyone on the road at risk.”