Truck drivers have a hard job. They must work many hours a day, loading and unloading their vehicles as well as driving to their destinations. Needless to say, it can be a tiresome job and certainly wears on the body and mind.
Since truck driving is so dangerous and can be tiresome, it's essential that drivers get enough sleep and take care of their bodies. They must go through medical reviews and get special commercial licenses to control large, heavy vehicles.
Still, one of the major issues they face is the problem of getting enough sleep. As you may know, drivers who do not sleep enough and are drowsy behind the wheel can be as impaired as drunken drivers. Driver fatigue is a very real concern that could threaten all people on the roads.
Drowsiness is a primary cause of trucking accidents
Did you know that drowsiness is among the top 10 driver-reported factors in trucking accidents? It ranks at number 7, with 13% of drivers admitting to being tired when they crashed. Drivers reported that falling asleep behind the wheel was the critical cause of a crash around 7% of the time.
Even minor inattention can be a concern for drivers. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds is long enough to fail to see someone slowing down in front of you or long enough to drive off the roadway. Even with rumble strips, some drivers have slept as their vehicles drove off the roads at high speeds.
In the majority of cases, long-haul drivers are the ones who are involved in fatal crashes. They travel further and are exposed to more hazards on the roads, so it makes sense. Perhaps most shocking is that one in four drivers have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel while driving in the last month. Across the field, truck drivers average only 5 hours of sleep a night, while an average adult requires at least 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep to wake up refreshed each day.
Truck drivers know that failing to get enough rest can be a contributing factor in crashes. If you are hit by a truck driver who has not slept or who violated the hours of service rules, it's important to speak with your attorney about your options. Not sleeping is simply dangerous, and it can lead to serious or fatal crashes.