Truck Accidents: Fatigue
Drowsy driving is one common cause of truck accidents. Truck drivers often work long hours late into the night, deal with exhausting schedules, and are expected to meet strict deadlines. A driver’s judgment can be dangerously impaired when they are drowsy, no matter what type of vehicle they are driving. But when that driver is a truck driver, the end results can be catastrophic. When an individual stays awake longer than a typical sixteen or seventeen hour day and does not get enough sleep, they will begin to suffer from sleep deprivation. Being fatigued and sleep deprived leads to reduced performance, which is especially dangerous when operating a large commercial vehicle such as a truck.
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When a truck driver is drowsy, it may result in:
According to a study conducted by The Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), the proper amount of sleep for truck drivers within a twenty-four hour period is no less than seven hours. Anything below this amount on a continuous basis will result in sleep deprivation. Many truck drivers feel that taking several naps throughout the day will provide an adequate amount of sleep as long as it adds up to the seven hours. The study concludes that doing this, rather than sleeping seven hours without interruption, may cause additional sleep deficit.