Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and death to victims. As a result, truck driver fatigue, which may lead to truck accidents, can be a serious concern on the roadways. It is important for truck drivers and truck companies to avoid truck driver fatigue and a few tips to help avoid it may be useful for truck drivers to consider. Truck driver fatigue, as well as other driver conditions and circumstances, may be considered negligence if it leads to a truck accident.
To begin with, it is important for truck drivers to get adequate rest and sleep. At times, truck drivers may feel pressure to skip required rest breaks or not get the adequate amount of sleep to remain safe on the roadway. It is also helpful to retrain from driving during periods when the body is naturally drowsy including between 12:00 am and 6:00 am and 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. It is also important not to skip meals which can also lead to fatigue or unpredictable energy levels.
Fatigue while driving increases the chances of an accident, including a truck accident. In addition, it can be useful for a fatigued truck driver to take a nap, avoid taking medications that may cause drowsiness, not rely on alertness tricks to remain awake and learn to recognize the signs of drowsiness. If the driver feels drowsy, they should find a safe place to pull off the roadway and get some rest. Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and harm to victims and may result in liability to truck drivers and truck companies depending on the circumstances.
The legal process provides resources to victims of truck accidents to help them recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages associates with truck accidents. Truck accident victims should be familiar with what these legal options are and how they can help them.
Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "CMV Driving Tips - Driver Fatigue," Accessed July 31, 2017