Many people in Charleston have experienced how sleep deprivation can lead to decreased performance at various tasks throughout the day. When it comes to driving a motor vehicle, this can be a very dangerous issue. The problem is even more concerning when a person's job involves being behind the wheel of a semi truck at all hours of the day or night.
Truck drivers are not immune from the sleep problems that plague as much as 45 percent of the general working population. If an office worker gets drowsy and dozes off or loses concentration for a brief period, the results may be a correctable mistake. But if either of these situations unfold for a truck driver, the consequences can be disastrous.
Because truck drivers work odd hours, and many drive through the night to meet delivery deadlines, it can be difficult for them to get into a good sleeping routine. This increases the risk of truck driver fatigue and an accident.
Although federal regulations are in place to ensure that drivers get adequate sleep, not all drivers and truck companies adhere to the rules. Furthermore, if a driver has some kind of sleep disorder, their time away from driving may still not afford them adequate rest to be alert and attentive while driving.
Truck accident victims should understand their options for getting compensation if truck driver fatigue, or any other potential form of negligence on the part of the truck driver or company, played a role in causing the accident. Likewise, close family members of people involved in a fatigue-related fatal accident also have legal rights.
Source: FleetOwner, "Eye opening impacts of poor sleep," Kevin Jones, June 16, 2016