As you can see from the attached link, a tractor-trailer driver who struck six motorcyclists on the side of I-85 in Greensboro, North Carolina has been charged with felony hit and run and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. See link: http://myfox8.com/2015/07/20/tractor-trailer-driver-charged-in-fatal-wreck-on-i-85-due-in-court/
It is alleged that the driver fell asleep at the wheel and struck the motorcyclists at 80-85 miles per hour. The motorcyclists were on the shoulder repairing a vehicle. Two of the motorcyclists were killed and four others were severely injured. The cyclists were all from Virginia and Maryland and on their way to a bike rally.
Long-haul drivers falling asleep at the wheel is unfortunately a continuing hazard on our roads. Even though federal rules limit the amount of time a driver can drive without rest, there may be an incentive for drivers to press further to enhance their pay. This, unfortunately, comes at the risk of safety to others.
If you have been hurt in a crash with a commercial vehicle, feel free to call us at Perry Charnoff for a free consultation at (703) 291-6650.