Any driver on the road too long gets tired. Fatigue robs commercial truck drivers of the ability to respond quickly in challenging traffic situations. Drivers sometimes push themselves to drive long hours with the encouragement of employers, who are more interested in meeting profitable deadlines than safety.
A Los Angeles County truck driver was ordered to prison for four years following a March 2013 truck crash that killed two men. The victims were among drivers waiting for a red light to change along a Midwestern highway. Investigators said the convicted driver never tried to slow down before his truck crashed into the stopped vehicles.