Fatigue: One of the Major Problems for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers are often unappreciated in the world for their contributions. They’re on the roads for weeks at a time, away from family, and essential in ensuring products and goods get from one area to another.

However, part of the job is long hours that don’t often get looked at. And sometimes, these long hours result in tired and fatigued drivers who can—unfortunately—make serious mistakes when on the road. Here’s why it is such a problem.

Fatigue Impacts Cognitive Abilities

When a driver is tired, lacking sleep, and has fatigue, they are often without their typical cognitive and motor abilities which typically helps them drive in a reasonable and safe manner. Their depth perception may also be impacted.

Without these abilities, crashes become more possible, putting individuals in significant risk of suffering serious injury. Fatigue can also impact the decision making abilities of the driver, such as avoiding dangers or changing lanes quickly in the event of an unforeseen stop.

The Potential of Falling Asleep at the Wheel

When a driver is working longer hours than regulations call for or not getting enough of a break, they can be significantly fatigued and putting themselves at significant risk of something going wrong, such as falling asleep at the wheel.

When this happens, the driver does not have the ability to properly control the truck and it’s easy for them to swerve, crash into other vehicles, and cause significant pain to the passengers in the vehicles with which they collide.

At Fieger Law, our Michigan truck accident attorneys are dedicated to the rights of our clients. You need strong legal advocates on your side to help determine if fatigue was a factor in causing your accident and subsequent pain.

If this is the case, we’ll work to build a strong argument on your behalf to present to the negligent party’s insurance company and work to seek the compensation you deserve. You can trust that we’re here for you.

Call us today at (800) 294-6637 and work with a dedicated team.

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