Posted On: April 11, 2011 by Mark Bello of Lawsuit Financial Corp.

Two Die in I-70 Accident with a Semi-Truck; Fatigue May Have Been a Factor

Two women died when their vehicle collided with a semi-truck on Interstate 70 in Ohio. The truck driver suffered minor injuries. The women were traveling west when witnesses say their vehicle crossed the median and crashed head-on into the semi truck. The cause of this fatal accident is still under investigation, but Ohio police believe that the female driver was either fatigued or suffered a medical issue causing the accident. Since these women were from Indiana, it is quite possible that they had been traveling for some time.
Tiredness and fatigue can often affect one’s driving long before it is noticeable. Fatigue related accidents are often more serious because reaction times are delayed or the driver fails to react at all. When a tractor trailer is involved, the results are quite often more serious or fatal due to the weight and size of the truck. Although this accident does not appear to be the fault of the truck driver, this case may likely illustrate just how powerful and extensive an auto accident can be especially if fatigue is a factor.

Fatigue and driving is a very dangerous combination, especially at night or on long road trips. Driver fatigue can cause a driver to fall asleep at the wheel or make serious, even fatal, driving errors. A study by National Central University in Jhongli, Tatung University, Taiwan; recently reported at New Scientist magazine that "driving for just 80 minutes without a break can make motorists a danger on the roads". They found that drivers who do not take frequent rest stops have slower reactions than those who break up long journeys. People run a higher risk of succumbing to driver fatigue between 2am and 6am and during what is known as the "2pm slump". Studies show the number of accidents increase according to the time of day and the number of hours driven.

Lawsuit Financial Corporation helps provide legal finance cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life litigation funding is needed by plaintiffs involved in pending, personal injury litigation. As the industry leader in auto accident lawsuit funding, Lawsuit Financial has seen first hand, the devastating results of an accident due to driver fatigue. We urge everyone to be mindful of fatigue and not drive. Eliminating this risk will go a long way to preventing serious and fatal auto accidents.