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The potential dangers and common causes of truck driver fatigue

As you travel to and from your preferred destinations each day, you may encounter a multitude of commercial vehicles while out on Georgia roads. Considering the sheer size and weight of tractor-trailers, sharing the road with a semi can be somewhat intimidating, and it might not always be possible to keep your distance.

Since accidents involving commercial vehicles can have disastrous results, you may have concerns about the threat these vehicles could pose to your well-being. While there are a multitude of scenarios in which a commercial vehicle accident can occur, one of the most common pertains to driver fatigue.

Prevalent causes of truck driver fatigue

Fatigue is a major concern for all drivers, and falling asleep behind the wheel of a motor vehicle can be dangerous, even if it is only a temporary occurrence. Some of the most common causes of fatigue among truck drivers includes:

  • Lack of rest: Perhaps the most common cause of truck driver fatigue lies with a lack of rest, and drivers who fail to get an adequate amount of sleep are more prone to becoming drowsy behind the wheel.
  • Schedule demands: Truck drivers often operate on tight schedules that leave little time for rest breaks and a demanding schedule can make a driver more prone to succumbing to fatigue.
  • Time of day: Operating a vehicle at night can also leave you more susceptible to drowsiness or fatigue. Unfortunately, truck drivers might not always have the option of driving only during the day.
  • Nutrition: There are additional factors that can affect your energy levels, such as daily nutrition, and for those who are constantly on the road, eating healthy might not always be an option.

In some cases, companies may also offer truck drivers incentives for timely performance, which could lead a driver to push to finish a task. Regardless of how it happens, should a trucker fall asleep behind the wheel and strike your vehicle, the results can be devastating.

Pursuing restitution

If you are involved in a commercial vehicle accident, there is a high chance you may suffer serious harm in the process. If the other driver is at fault in the crash, you may wish to pursue accountability in civil court, but determining liability can be challenging. However, by seeking guidance from someone with experience in such intricate matters, you could become better prepared to pursue the full amount of restitution you're entitled to receive through a personal injury claim.

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