Most California drivers know the importance of being alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. This is even more important when you’re operating a truck or any other sort of large vehicle.
Even with this common knowledge, truck accidents still happen at an alarming rate. Part of this is due to truck driver fatigue.
What is truck driver fatigue?
Most truck drivers are encouraged to drive for as long as possible in order to meet shipping deadlines, but it comes at a risk. Driving too long without a break, cutting out sleep and similar habits can all lead to truck driver fatigue.
Truck driver fatigue is when a driver starts to become less alert or even drowsy behind the wheel. Things like being sick, under the influence, or a new medication can increase the risk of truck driver fatigue.
Why is truck driver fatigue so dangerous?
For the person who gets into their car and starts driving to work every day before their coffee kicks in, driving while tired might not seem like a big deal. When you’re a truck driver though, it can have deadly consequences.
Most trucks weigh a ton and are carrying even more weight. They’re also clunky and hard to maneuver quickly, making it hard to avoid oncoming accidents if you’re not careful.
When truck drivers are drowsy, they’re not able to react quickly to the other things on the road. This might mean they start breaking too late, move without checking their mirrors, and fail to notice other cars on the road.
What is being done to combat truck driver fatigue?
Truck drivers are allowed to drive 11 consecutive hours, but only after at least 10 consecutive hours spent somewhere other than behind the wheel of their trucks. But even with these regulations, truck driver fatigue is all too common – especially for drivers at the end of their shifts.
Accidents involving trucks can have deadly and devastating consequences. If you’re in an accident with a truck or witness one, it’s important to get help and seek medical care immediately – and get insurance providers on the phone asap.