Why Truck Drivers May be Falling Asleep
Fatigued driving is a huge concern in the trucking industry. You may assume truck drivers are always fatigued because they work long hours behind the wheel and often drive during the night. While this is certainly a contributing factor in many situations, many truck drivers carefully follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours of service regulations1 and know when to pull off the road when they are getting tired.
However, some truck drivers may be getting fatigued for reasons they do not realize and may not recognize the signs of fatigue in these situations. The following is a largely unaddressed reason why truck drivers may become fatigued behind the wheel and present the risk of a crash.
There are many health conditions that may be undiagnosed that may cause fatigue. Some of these include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Low potassium or sodium in the blood
One health condition that has recently caused reason for concern is sleep apnea. The FMCSA estimates that nearly one-third of truck drivers2 have sleep apnea and many go untreated. This condition can cause severe fatigue throughout the day and has been connected with many types of truck and train crashes.
In addition, truck drivers may be on a variety of medications for health conditions, some of which may cause fatigue.
Because fatigued driving can cause similar impairments to drunk driving, it is critical that every truck driver and trucking company be aware of the causes of fatigue and prevent them whenever possible. If they fail to do so and someone gets hurt, the driver and his employer may be held liable for all of the resulting injuries and losses.
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