Exhaustion cited in many major fatal disasters

This reason made news earlier this fall when a commuter train derailed in a neighboring state killing several individuals and injuring many more. The train was speeding at the time of the crash and the train engineer indicated that a sort of highway hypnosis due to exhaustion kept him from slowing the engine down. This is not the only major accident in which exhaustion has played a part. Other well-known incidents in which it was a contributing factor include:

  • Chernobyl
  • Three Mile Island
  • The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
  • American Airlines Flight 1420 Crash

Though each of these incidents differ from the others and were large scale catastrophic accidents that don’t happen on a regular basis, the same thing is behind many smaller scale, but nonetheless still devastating incidents. When a lack of sleep causes someone to commit a negligent act, that individual could find that he or she is facing ramifications in civil court. Individuals who file such lawsuits seek financial damages for the injuries and losses suffered.

While most would agree that money is not a good substitute for a normal life or the loss of a loved one, it may make things easier.

Source: The Huffington Post, “5 Other Disastrous Accidents Related To Sleep Deprivation,” Dec. 3, 2013