Be Aware of the Signs of Fatigued Truck Drivers
Truck drivers spend long hours on the open road, and although they must adhere to a myriad of road-safety rules and regulations, the fact remains that the demands of over-the-road trucking – in terms of hours spent behind the wheel – are often exhausting. As more and more 18 wheelers take to the road, accidents continue to increase, and many of those accidents are caused by fatigued drivers. Because we all share the road, it’s imperative that you stay alert to the warning signs of fatigued truck drivers.
Semi-trucks can weigh over 150,000 pounds and are many times larger than other vehicles on the road. As a result, they represent a significant (and often deadly) road hazard. Finally, drowsy truck drivers are an increasingly common cause of accidents involving semis. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finds that drowsy drivers are twice as likely as non-fatigued drivers to make performance errors at critical moments – moments that can lead to devastating accidents. Further, the NHTSA relays that drowsy driving refers to driving while sleepy and does not necessarily mean that the driver is falling asleep at the wheel. Driving while sleepy impairs driver functioning:
- Driver alertness;
- Driver attention;
- Driver reaction time;
- Driver judgment; and
- Driver decision-making.
All told, drowsy driving is extremely dangerous driving that is far more likely to result in a serious accident.
Watch for the Signs
It’s in your best interest to always pay careful attention to other vehicles on the road. This is especially true when it comes to big rigs. Protect yourself and your loved ones by familiarizing yourself with and avoiding the telltale signs of driver fatigue:
- Erratically changing speeds;
- Slowly veering or drifting in and out of lanes;
- Exceeding the posted speed limit;
- Overcorrecting driving errors;
- Making multiple corrections; and
- Losing control of the truck.
Safety on the road is your number one concern. Give big rigs a wide berth and recognize the warning signs of driving under the influence of drowsy. If you witness a truck exhibiting any of these signs of impaired driving, contact the authorities. You could save a life.
If You’ve Been Injured by a Fatigued Truck Driver, Call Dolman Law Group Today
If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a drowsy truck driver, seek immediate medical attention and then retain expert legal counsel. Accidents can be overwhelming but help is available. Contact an experienced Clearwater personal injury attorney today. Dolman Law Group can help you bring a successful accident claim that will allow you to obtain the legal compensation that you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience, expertise, and commitment to successfully guide you through your accident claim against a fatigued trucker. We’re here to help, so give us a call at 727-451-6900 today.
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