Early this morning, a UPS truck driver rolled their truck on I-405, just before 6am. The accident resulted in major backups for drivers commuting northbound on the interstate. The truck was traveling just north of State Route 527 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled, blocking the right lane.
News helicopters followed the story as traffic began to pile up in the early morning hours. Just half an hour after the accident, cars were already backed up two miles. By 8am, the backup had increased to over four miles. It took over two hours for emergency crews to clear the scene. Luckily the driver was not seriously injured in the accident which investigators believe may have been caused by falling asleep at the wheel. While the truck was full of packages, none of them spilled out onto the roadway causing a hazard.
As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I can’t stress the dangers of fatigued driving enough. Their companies often require them to drive long hours without rest, with disregard to federal laws which limit their travel. More often than not, trucking accidents result in serious injuries for anyone implicated in the accident due to the massive size and power of the big rigs. I’m thankful no one was injured in this particular accident.