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Truck Accidents Stemming from Drowsy Driving and Sleep Deprivation

July 6, 2016, on Articles |

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that approximately 800 deaths, 72,000 collisions and 44,000 injuries in 2013 were caused by drowsy drivers. Given the seriousness of the problem, it’s no wonder that lowering drowsy driving-related collisions made the National Transportation Safety Board’s Most Wanted List for 2016.

With all of the vehicles sharing the roads throughout Florida, an accident is bound to happen at some point on any given day, and when the accident involves a huge tractor trailer and a smaller passenger vehicle, the outcome can be deadly. The reasons for truck accidents can vary; however, in recent years, there has been an increase in truck accidents resulting from sleep deprivation.

Sleep Deprivation: A Closer Look at the Issue

Commercial drivers are particularly susceptible to driving while drowsy, primarily because they are often forced to meet strict deadlines to make deliveries in a timely fashion. In general, drowsy driving can be caused by driving too many miles at one time (which is typically the case for professional commercial drivers); driving late at night; general sleep deprivation and sleep apnea or some other type of sleep disorder.

The trucking industry is governed by strict rules and laws, especially pertaining to the number of hours in service that truckers can have per day/week. Still, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) notes that about a half-million truck collisions take place each year and over one million individuals sustain serious personal injuries in truck crashes.

In fact, a recent Chicago Tribune story revealed that about 28 percent of professional truckers suffer from sleep apnea. This is of great concern, particularly because even a momentary nod off by a trucker can have catastrophic results.

The Risks Associated With Truck Driver Fatigue

When truckers operate their rigs while tired, they typically suffer from delayed response times, a lack of judgment and dulled alertness, to name a few things. That said, truck drivers should be sure to pay close attention to the symptoms of fatigue, which include drifting in and out of lanes, repeated yawning and difficulty with focusing. If a driver experiences any of those symptoms, that may serve as a sign that he or she needs to take a break and get off the road.

Thousands of individuals are injured in truck accidents on a yearly basis, and the injuries generally range from spinal cord injuries and head injuries to broken bones and burns. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, it is highly likely that you are working with a skilled personal injury lawyer who is doing everything in his or her power to ensure you obtain the just compensation you deserve.

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