The Dangers of Truck Driver Fatigue

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Driving next to a big truck can be a stressful experience due to the sheer size of these massive vehicles. But couple this with the fact that many truck drivers are operating their vehicles while driving—and you have a dangerous situation that can quickly become fatal.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) cites driver fatigue as one of the leading dangers and causes of accidents when it comes to commercial trucks. A large truck crash study done by the agency found that around 13% of large truck crashes are caused by drowsy drivers.

Risk Factors

There are many risk factors that contribute to the prevalence of driver fatigue in the trucking industry:

  • Driving at Night. Many truck drivers work long hours during the night when driver fatigue is at an increase and visibility is lowered. During the night, the body’s natural production of melatonin increases, which is the hormone that regulates sleep and is responsible for why we get tired at night.

  • Sleep Disorders. Certain sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and insomnia, are common in the trucking industry. These conditions prevent an individual from getting a full night of quality sleep. Even after “resting” for a full night, a truck driver may be getting back on the road with a less-than-adequate amount of sleep.

  • Inadequate Sleep. Truck drivers are required to abide by hours-of-service regulations which limit the number of hours they can drive and require them to take sleep breaks. However, many face pressures from their employers to get cargo delivered on time and may drive through breaks.

Putting the Hammer Down

You should absolutely not have to pay for your injuries when they were caused by a drowsy driver. Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys are the hard-hitting fighters you want on your side when devastation strikes.

While you may believe the drowsy truck driver is the only liable party, the trucking company or another party may be responsible for failing to adhere to federal hours-of-service regulations or otherwise acting with negligence. This is for us to figure out while you focus on healing.

No matter how challenging your case may be, our legal team is standing by ready to review the details of your accident and leave no stone unturned when it comes to pursuing justice on your behalf. When you feel lost and unheard, turn to our firm to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Contact our Savannah truck accident attorneys at (912) 809-5335 to get started on your case today!

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