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Fatigued truck driving causes many truck accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the federal authority in charge of regulating truckers and other commercial drivers, around 13 percent of commercial drivers who are involved in a crash could be considered fatigued, or driving without adequate sleep, at the time of the accident.

This suggests that even though the Administration restricts how long a truck driver can stay on the road before taking a rest, there is an ongoing problem with truckers not getting enough sleep yet still trying to operate a huge piece of machinery on the roads of West Virginia and other states.

There may be a number of reasons why fatigued truck driving is an ongoing problem. In some cases, it may be that the push for profit or concern about keeping one's job means that a trucker will try to bend or even break the Administration's rest rules.

In other cases, it may be that a trucker has fallen in to the common misconception that drinking some extra coffee or sugary cola, turning up the music or just rolling down the window can keep someone awake and alert. However, this is not the case. The only way a trucker can avoid driving fatigued is to get enough sleep, even if that means pulling over and taking a nap in the middle of the day.

Truckers have an obligation to those with whom they share the road to make sure they are driving their vehicles only when they have had adequate sleep to do so. If they do not do so, then, as the statistics show, truck accidents are often the end result. Under these circumstances, victims of truck accidents in the Charleston area may want to pursue compensation from the fatigued truck driver.

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