A truck driver who was illegally parked on the shoulder of the highway sleeping was struck by a pickup truck. The pickup then veered back in to traffic where it was struck by another semi. The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital where he died. I will link the article at the end of this. I know what people are saying: "Mark, the pickup truck driver should have moved over so as not to hit the semi". I agree. I also think that parking illegally contributes to accidents and unless it is an emergency you are not allowed to park on the shoulder. I see it almost every night. Trucks parked on the shoulder. It is so dangerous. This accident didn't have to happen. The semi driver currently has four charges against him and possibly more to follow. He will likely be fired and sued by the family. There can't be an excuse for doing things that you know are unsafe even if the proximate cause of the accident is another's negligence. This happened at like 3am. People who don't drive at night are tired. They swerve and are all over the road. I see it DAILY. Please, park somewhere safe and legal. Don't even start writing down HOURS OF SERVICE or anything else. I don't want to hear excuses about why someone does something unsafe. The bottom line is you cannot park on the shoulder to get sleep in Virginia.
HERE is the article.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.