Truck driver falls asleep at wheel, crashes semi on I-5

Story Highlights:
None injured in Alger semi truck accident
Semi truck accident caused by falling asleep at the wheel
Driver to be cited after investigation is completed



Date: March 28, 2011, 03/28/2011
Location: Alger, Skagit County, Washington
Type: Semi truck accident
Outcome: None injured

On Monday morning, a semi truck driver crashed on Interstate 5 near Alger after falling asleep at the wheel.

Around 5 a.m. a 53-year-old driver was headed towards Lynden when they fell asleep at the wheel, rolling their truck and trailer full of frozen produce.

The driver was uninjured but both north and southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were blocked for over 5 hours while the wreckage was cleared, causing traffic back-ups for miles.

Washington State Patrol has reported that the driver will be cited after the investigation is completed.

Semi Truck Accident Statistics
There are over 500,000 truck accidents in the United States every year. A high number of these truck accidents result in fatalities. Approximately 5,000 die in truck accidents annually. Ninety-eight percent of the time, the passengers or driver in the other vehicle is killed as opposed to driver or passengers in the truck.

Washington State Semi Truck Crash Statistics for 2009
  • 1,131 Large Trucks Involved in Non-Fatal Crashes
  • 107 Large Trucks Involved in Injury Crashes
  • 126 Injuries in Crashes Involving Large Trucks a
  • 1,024 Large Trucks Involved in Towaway Crashes
  • 29 Large Trucks Involved in Hazmat (HM) Placard Crashes

Most Common Causes of Semi Truck Accidents
1. Driver Fatigue
2. Substance Abuse
3. Speeding
4. Failure to adhere to the rules of the road
5. Failure to properly maintain trucks
6. Improperly loaded trucks or cargo shifting
7. Under-inflated tires

Seattle Semi Truck Accident Attorneys

The semi truck accident attorneys at the Davis Law Group represent seriously injured victims, and the families of those fatally injured in tractor trailer accidents in Washington state. Washington state gets a large amount of trucking traffic on interstates such as I-5, I-90, I-82, and I-84. Unfortunately semi-truck accidents happen frequently in our state. Truck drivers are often required to deliver their cargo on a very strict schedule which can result in long hours on the road with little or no sleep. Exhausted or distracted truck drivers often cause major accidents. Poorly maintained trucks and those with unsecure loads are also causes of trucking accidents. Because semi trucks can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds, if one of these big rigs crashes into a passenger vehicle the accident victims may suffer serious or fatal injuries. If you have been injured in a semi truck accident, Chris Davis of the Davis Law Group can get you the compensation you deserve.
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