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Risk factors associated with truck driver fatigue

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

If you find yourself involved in a collision with a large truck, the outcome of the crash could permanently change your life. Whether you become immobilized, cannot work any longer or struggle with debilitating pain and costly medical expenses, many hardships can arise due to large truck collisions. These accidents happen for a host of reasons, but some large truck crashes occur due to drowsy driving.

Truckers can become fatigued for a wide range of reasons, and it is pivotal for trucking companies and all drivers to review these risks.

Taking a look at truck driver fatigue

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration covers some of the risks connected to truck driver fatigue. For example, some truckers fail to get the right amount of sleep, and some become drowsy behind the wheel while driving between 12 AM and 6 AM and from 2 PM to 4 PM. A driver’s diet can also impact their sleep, resulting in fatigue (such as going to bed after eating a lot or while hungry).

Certain medications can result in drowsiness, including some bought over the counter. Working a demanding shift, driving for long periods of time and adjusting to a new schedule can also lead to driver fatigue.

Recovering from a large truck collision

Following a large truck crash, you need to identify any relevant factors (such as fatigue) that played a role in the accident. Gather any evidence that you can obtain, and do everything in your power to hold a truck driver answerable if his or her negligence caused an accident that left you injured.