According to STLToday.com, all lanes of Interstate 270 were closed due to an early morning multiple car accident near Tesson Ferry Road on March 18. All lanes have since reopened.
The crash, which occurred around 6 a.m., was caused by the driver of a Honda who lost control and veered off the southbound lanes of I-270. The Honda re-entered the road and was hit by a white van. What proceeded was a series of rear end accidents. The white van was rear ended by a tractor trailer, and the tractor trailer was rear ended by a dump truck. Finally, the white van hit a black pickup truck and pinned it against a median wall. Fuel spilled from a vehicle following the crash, but it did not cause a fire.
Following the accident, two people were transported to area hospitals. Their injuries were minor to moderate. It’s unknown at this time what caused the Honda driver to lose control of the vehicle. However, early morning accidents frequently involve the driver falling asleep at the wheel. Falling asleep at the wheel is a common hazard and can be very problematic for long haul truckers.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, sleep can become an irresistible urge for drivers, and that urge is strongest between midnight and 6 a.m. Crashes related to sleep also often occur between one and five p.m. Sleepiness while driving slows reaction time, impairs judgment and decreases awareness of surroundings. A recent survey showed that 90 percent of police officers reported stopping a driver believed to be drunk who was actually sleepy.
The Foundation recommends not driving at all while you are sleepy. If you are taking a long road trip, get enough sleep the night before. If you begin feeling sleepy, take a 20 minute nap, which can help a driver immensely.
Motor vehicle accidents involving sleepy drivers occur on a daily basis in the U.S. but are very hard to track. Accidents where a large truck or tractor trailer’s driver fell asleep can often be deadly because of the sheer size of the vehicle. If you have been involved in an accident with a negligent tractor trailer driver, contact the experienced Missouri tractor trailer accident attorneys of Page Law at 314-322-8515 today.