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Trucking fatigue: The dangers of driving while drowsy

by | Jun 15, 2020 | Blog, Truck Accidents

Defining trucking fatigue

Trucking fatigue is the result of physical or mental exhaustion, which impairs a driver’s performance. Fatigue may be caused by sleep deprivation, extended shifts, extracurricular activities, and many other factors. Indications of fatigue can include yawning, slow reaction times, inconsistent speed, and other underlying symptoms.

It comes as no surprise that accidents are a common result of driving while drowsy. According to The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 13% of commercial motor vehicle drivers were fatigued at the time of their crash. Many may underestimate the dangers of trucking fatigue; however, the consequences of this negligence may be larger than most expect.

Driving while drowsy can be deadly

It is well known that driving while drowsy can cause inadequate performance, including attention failure and impaired decision making — but perhaps the most dangerous result of fatigue on the road is death. Because commercial vehicles are so large, the aftermath of their accidents are usually much more immense compared to other vehicle crashes. These accidents typically involve more than two vehicles and usually result in major injury, if not death.

Trucking accidents caused by negligence such as fatigue are issues that cannot go unheard. To get the representation you deserve after being affected by a commercial motor vehicle, seeking an attorney may be an option.

Wyatt Law Firm: Holding trucking companies accountable for over 30 years

As always, if you or a loved one have been affected by a truck accident, contact Wyatt Law Firm for the representation you deserve. Wyatt Law Firm has over 30 years of representing drivers, protecting Texas roads for the better of our community. By holding trucking companies responsible, we make our roads safer for future generations.

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