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The dangers of fatigue among commercial vehicle drivers

by | Aug 8, 2017 | blog

Fatigue can be a hindrance in numerous avenues of life. In many cases, drowsiness or tiredness could simply be an inconvenience. However, in others, it can be dangerous, perhaps especially if the drowsy party is behind the wheel of a semitrailer.

If you recently encountered a sleepy semitrailer driver, chances are, your vehicle stood little chance of holding its own against a truck of this size. Along with the damage done to your mode of transportation, you could have suffered serious injuries in the process, potentially sparking a need for financial relief.

Potential causes of fatigue among drivers

Attempting to operate a vehicle while fatigued is hazardous at best, especially since tired drivers often exhibit similar signs as drunk or distracted drivers. Some of the most common causes of fatigue among drivers may include the following:

  • Lack of sleep:  Perhaps one of the most common reasons for fatigue, a lack of sleep can affect a driver’s awareness and reaction time. Many truckers may run tight and demanding schedules, which could put them at higher risk of obtaining less sleep than other drivers obtain.
  • Nutrition:  Lack of nutrition can also cause fatigue among drivers, and erratic eating habits could be more prevalent among those who are constantly on the go, such as truckers.
  • Medication:  Certain forms of medication may also induce drowsiness, and one should avoid driving after taking them. However, with certain professions, avoiding the open road may not be a viable option.
  • Reliance on miscellaneous sources:  When pressed for time, a driver could attempt to use certain measures to help keep him or her awake, such as smoking or consuming caffeine, but these could prove a poor alternative to rest, and may unfortunately do little to prevent a disaster.

There may be certain signs to keep track of that could indicate a need for rest, such as constant yawning or blurry vision, and if you begin exhibiting these behaviors, it might be time to stop and rest. Unfortunately, you cannot make others follow the same guidelines, and you could end up suffering the consequences.

Seeking financial relief

Commercial vehicle accidents can be devastating, and any injuries you suffer could have a significant impact on your everyday life. If the other party is at fault, you may wish to pursue some much-needed restitution, but this can be a complicated and intimidating process. By obtaining guidance from someone with extensive knowledge in Louisiana state laws surrounding your incident, you could obtain assistance in pursuing the compensation deserved through a claim against the party or parties deemed liable for your injuries.