Driver Charged in Tracy Morgan Crash Had Not Slept in 24 Hours, Prosecutors Say

Posted by Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC on June 9, 2014

Driving tired is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Problem is, it’s more acceptable to companies in the transport business.

There is pressure on the employer to get more miles out of their employees in the name of efficiency (translation: profit margin); and pressure on those employees to meet the challenge and earn their share of that profit. The safety hazard created by this double standard is shocking, common, and forms at least one basis for liability in transport cases.

On the road, beware of the big rigs. If you’re a passenger, ask your driver (cab, limo, bus, etc.) when his shift started and when he last slept. Livin’ on reds, Vitamin C, and cocaine makes for a great song, but a terrible chauffeur.

Source: NY Times