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Sleeping Truck Driver Causes Accident in Rutherford County, North Carolina

A FedEx truck driver reportedly caused an accident when he fell asleep at the wheel on March 8, 2012. The truck crash occurred around 4:15 a.m. on U.S. 74 in Ellenboro, North Carolina (NC).

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A highway patrol trooper who responded to the accident told the Shelby Star that the semi driver has been cited for reckless driving.

It is fortunate that no one was fatally injured in this accident. Because of the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, accidents involving them often have very tragic endings.

If you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck or tractor-trailer, it is important to contact a North Carolina truck accident attorney. Federal rules dictate how long a driver can be behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle before he or she is required to stop and sleep, but trucking companies often push those limits.

Read here to learn about the differences in the laws for commercial truck drivers.

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