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Fatal Bus Accident Brings Up Issue of Driver Fatigue

Fifteen passengers died in a tragic bus accident last year. Today, driver of the bus, Ophadell Williams, stands on trial as prosecutors accuse him of driving even though he was deprived of sleep.

The tragic accident occurred in March 2011. Williams was driving a World Wide Travel bus, returning its passengers to Manhattan’s China Town after an overnight trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The bus ran off Interstate 95, crashing into the guardrail. Williams claims that a tractor-trailer cut him off, causing him to swerve. Prosecutors see it differently. According to NBC Connecticut, the National Transportation Safety Board said the accident was probably caused by driver fatigue.

The tragic accident brings up the larger issue of driver fatigue. All drivers, especially those operating large commercial vehicles have a responsibility to the other drivers on the road as well as their passengers. Driving while sleep deprived can be just as bad as drunk driving.

If an accident is caused by driver fatigue, the driver, and in some cases, the company that the driver works for can be held liable. If you or someone you love is seriously injured in accident that you believe was caused by driver fatigue, you should speak with an attorney about your rights.

To speak with a Connecticut personal injury lawyer about your circumstances, contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today.

Source: NBC Connecticut