A commercial trucker doesn't have a great deal to do, right? Driving a vehicle from A to B seems like it should be an easy and stress-free task to complete, but that's not actually the case. The long hours and the need to deliver on time can put a lot of pressure on a truck driver who is desperate to keep his job and avoid getting a bad review from his boss. There's also the fact that many trucking fleet managers require their operators to work without breaks for long stretches of time.
Driver fatigue and driver illnesses caused by working for too long without breaks and other job stresses is a real problem for truck drivers. In fact, research shows that truck driver fatigue is the primary cause of most accidents that happened between truck drivers and passenger vehicles like pickup trucks, vans, cars and SUVs. In most cases, evidence has shown that truck drivers experienced harsh physical working conditions prior to collisions with these vehicles.
Something needs to be done to prevent the fatigue caused to commercial truck drivers when they are struggling to meet difficult delivery deadlines. These stressed truck drivers, who aren't paying as close attention to the roadway and may have delayed reaction times -- or even falling asleep sleep at the wheel -- are often speeding and taking unnecessary risks just to make their deliveries on time.
If you suspect that you or a family member got hurt by a fatigued commercial truck driver, you may be on the right side of the law. After a thorough examination of the facts and circumstances of your case, you can determine your legal rights and options.
Source: Keep Truckin, "The Connection Between Commercial Truck Accidents and Fatigued Drivers," accessed April 26, 2018