Driver fatigue can be extremely dangerous, and it often occurs when someone does not get a sufficient amount of sleep. For example, someone who has a chronic sleep-related problem, such as a sleep disorder, may struggle to remain alert behind the wheel. Or, someone who is tired because they did not sleep well during a particular night may also become fatigued. However, there are many other reasons why drivers suffer from fatigue, and this is especially concerning when it comes to those who operate large trucks.
Aside from sleep issues, truck drivers can become fatigued for other reasons. For example, a truck driver may spend too much time behind the wheel, causing them to feel tired and lose focus. Truck drivers may also become drowsy because of certain medications they are taking. Moreover, a truck driver may struggle with fatigue if they are trying to adjust to a new schedule or they are not used to working at a particular time of day (or night).
These are just some of the reasons why driver fatigue takes place, and the consequences can be deadly. If you were struck by a trucker who was too tired to drive safely, you may need to examine the legal options in front of you, especially if you are trying to cope with injuries sustained in the collision. Sadly, many truck drivers are very tired when they are on the road and ignore the effects of sleep deprivation and fatigue, and more of these accidents will occur in the coming months.