A Greyhound bus driver was fatigued while driving when he plowed into safety barrels on a Northern California highway and flipped the bus on its side, killing two women and sending at least eight other people to the hospital.
Anywhere from three to thirty-three percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents that happen each year are connected to drowsy drivers. And, according to the results of a study completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drivers in Texas are more likely than drivers in any other state to fall asleep while driving.
It seems hard to believe, especially after one of the worst recessions in decades, that there would be a shortage of workers in any industry. But that is exactly the case in the trucking industry. Despite the unemployment rate still hovering around 8 percent, there are roughly 200,000 truck driver jobs available throughout the nation.
The Houston Chronicle recently reported that there has been a significant increase in traffic deaths and injuries in the Eagle Ford Shale areas. In an article published Monday, July 9, 2012, it was noted that in the last six months alone in Karnes County there have been 12 people killed in traffic accidents. This is 12 times the number of fatalities reported by the Texas Department of Transportation in 2008.