Drowsy truck drivers cause thirteen percent of commercial truck accidents in the U.S.

Ramsey, MN-A tragic collision, involving a firetruck, in Minnesota over the weekend left two firefighters dead, and now police are charging a fellow firefighter for their deaths, but why are they charging him?

CBS Minnesota reports that the accident occurred on Saturday on Interstate 35W in Blaine. According to reports, the 28-year-old man driving the firetruck began traveling into the center median, slamming into divider cables and overturning.  ABC News reports that firetruck rolled over several times, and the cab became separated from the box part of the truck.

One witness told ABC that the fire truck swerved out of the lane they were traveling in at least three times and corrected before veering to the right into the center median.

Many experts say drowsy drivers exhibit many of the same signs as drunk drivers including slowed motor functions and impaired judgment.

When police arrived at the scene of the crash around 3 p.m., the man driving the fire truck was reportedly combative and appeared to be intoxicated police said. Later, the driver admitted to smoking marijuana the day of the crash and said he only slept 45 minutes the night before. He told investigators that the probably fell asleep at the wheel and admitted to using cocaine two days before the collision, according to ABC News.

On Monday, police charged the man with two counts of vehicular homicide and he was arrested.

There were six firefighters on the truck all of which were headed to Utah to help fight wildfires raging in Box Canyon just outside Salt Lake City.

This accident involves a driver that was not just possibly impaired but was also fatigued. Alone, either of those driving habits can cause a deadly or injurious collision, and together they Impaired driving occurs in the trucking industry, but the number of accidents tied to fatigued outnumbers collisions resulting from impaired truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates fatigued or drowsy driving cause 13 percent of fatal truck accidents in the U.S.

Speak with a truck accident lawyer in Ramsey, Minnesota if you plan on filing a truck accident claim.

USAttorneys encourages you to get legal help if you have been injured or a fatigued truck driver killed a loved one. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries and the emotional distress you suffered. But to be certain you get settlement or award amount you deserve, you need experienced legal counsel on your side representing your interests.

A truck accident typically results in severe injuries which mean the medical bills will begin to pile up, and you could lose a lot of time at work. You need someone who understands the costs of your injuries and know how to ensure you get the settlement you need and deserve. Contact one our truck accident lawyers serving Ramsey, Minnesota a schedule a case evaluation.