If you were struck by a large truck, it is crucial to look into every aspect of the crash if you sustained an injury and are trying to recover. Large truck drivers cause accidents for many reasons, but fatigue is a common cause of these collisions. There are various risk factors that lead to truck driver fatigue and the consequences of these accidents are disastrous.
Sadly, some truck drivers disregard the safety of others by deciding to drive even though they are too tired to pay attention to the road and remain alert. It is crucial for the victims of large truck collisions to explore their legal rights.
How many large truck crashes involve fatigue?
According to data published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a study found that among crashes involving commercial drivers, 13% were fatigued during the accident. Moreover, it is impossible to pinpoint the exact number of drivers who are fatigued, especially since drowsiness and fatigue often goes unnoticed and is hard to detect (as opposed to alcohol use).
Why are so many truck drivers tired?
There are a lot of reasons why those who drive large trucks and other commercial vehicles become tired. Sometimes, large truck drivers struggle with fatigue due to strenuous activities that are unrelated to work. Poor sleep, working for an excessive number of hours and other factors can also cause fatigue. Moreover, certain medications cause drivers to become drowsy. Unfortunately, truck drivers who decide to take to the road even though they are very tired place many lives in danger, including their own.