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The Danger of Sleep Deprived and Fatigued Truck Drivers

On major highways and expressways, drivers are often concerned with large trucks and semis. When a truck is involved in a crash, it is likely to do more harm than a smaller vehicle because of its large size and weight. Crashes between semis and passenger cars can lead to severe injuries and even death.

Fatigued drivers can be a threat in any type of vehicle, but they pose an even bigger risk when at the helm of a large truck. Truck drivers must be completely focused on the road, especially since the reaction time for a vehicle of that size is much slower than an average passenger car. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that nearly 4,000 people die every year in large truck accidents, and a large portion of those accidents are believed to be because of fatigued drivers.

Truck drivers can be tired for any number of reasons, especially because of the nature of their work. Drivers often operate on a deadline to deliver loads and may face stiff punishments if shipments are delayed. This can put pressure on a driver to ignore federal trucking laws regarding consecutive hours driven and mandatory break times, resulting in a driver to log more hours than wise or than legal.

Avoiding an accident is not always possible, especially with an 80,000-pound vehicle. Our firm has experience with injuries in the traffic division, so if you or someone you know has been involved in an accident due to a third-party’s negligence, contact Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC for a free consultation. (312) 620-1261