Because trucking companies strive to operate their businesses in an efficient and profitable way, there is increased pressure on drivers to deliver their loads faster. This pressure can lead truckers to push past the boundaries of safety and drive when they’re fatigued. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that commercial drivers who operate tractor trailers are more likely to drive while fatigued than other groups of drivers. Additionally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving caused 72,000 crashes and 800 deaths in 2013.
What Is Truck Driver Fatigue?
Truck driver fatigue is a combination of extreme exhaustion due to lack of sleep or working long hours. When a driver is tired, he may not even realize the extent of his fatigue, which can create a more dangerous and hazardous situation. Many truckers drive while fatigued and exhausted for a variety of reasons, including:
- Working long hours and many of them at night
- Meeting extreme deadlines to satisfy company requirements
- Having to follow difficult and strict schedules
- Wanting more money and working more hours than allowed
- Being compelled by the company to continue driving, despite complaining of fatigue
We Can Help
Truck driver fatigue should be a primary consideration if you’ve been injured in an accident with a truck driver and plan to seek compensation. The attorneys at Duffy & Feemster have handled many truck accident cases, and we’ll work hard to build your case. Contact us at 888-707-1197 for your free consultation.