There are a number of reasons behind the prevalence of large truck collisions and many drivers recognize that drug use, distractions and speeding are very dangerous. However, fatigue is another serious problem in the trucking industry and a lot of large truck collisions have happened because a truck driver was too tired. There are a number of ways in which fatigue can interfere with a person’s ability to drive a large truck (or any vehicle, for that matter). For example, they may fall asleep while behind the wheel, paying attention to signs or they could have difficulty reacting when there is danger on the road.
Truck drivers can become fatigued for various reasons, from the use of certain prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs to missing sleep and working for too long. In some cases, truck drivers suffer from chronic fatigue because they have a sleep disorder that is not treated, while others may struggle with short-term fatigue after missing a night’s sleep. In both cases, being tired behind the wheel can be deadly. After all, large trucks are particularly dangerous when a driver loses control, between the time it can take to slow down and their size.
More accidents involving truck driver fatigue will occur in the years ahead and those who are injured in these collisions should make sure they explore their legal options. Sadly, many lives will be lost as a result of these accidents as well. Visit our truck accidents page to read more on various topics related to large truck crashes.