Truck driver fatigue was determined to be the cause of 13% of crashes analyzed as part of the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS). There are many steps that truck drivers can take to avoid driving while tired such as making sure that they get plenty of sleep.
Drivers should avoid taking prescription medications
Generally speaking, truck drivers will read the warning label that comes with any type of medication that they may be using. The warning label will specifically tell them not to drive or operate heavy machinery after taking it. Even if a driver is having trouble dealing with a runny nose or a cough, it is usually better to deal with them as opposed to potentially falling asleep behind the wheel.
Drowsy driving is similar to drunk driving
Those who have been awake for 18 consecutive hours have the same level of impairment as someone who has a blood alcohol content of .08%. Drivers who are yawning frequently or having trouble keeping their eyes open are encouraged to stop driving. It may be in that individual’s best interest to take a nap of anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes. Doing so can help a driver regain his or her focus while on the road.
There is no substitute for sleep
Drivers may believe that they can trick themselves into staying awake by turning on the radio or opening a window. They may also believe that drinking coffee or soda will help them power through the end of their shift. It is important to note that drinking caffeine can result in insomnia, which can make it harder to stay alert on long drives. Those who routinely drink soda or coffee may see little effect from drinking a caffeinated beverage.
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a drowsy truck driver, it may be worth calling an attorney today. Our attorneys will do whatever it takes to maximize your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in your personal injury case.