Individuals who work in any industry can experience fatigue while on the job. Fatigue is more than just feeling tired; it is the result of excessive exertion, either physical or mental, that ultimately impairs performance.
In the trucking industry, fatigue poses serious risks that not only affect the individuals who are overexerted but also everyone on the road around them. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Large Truck Crash Causation Study revealed that drowsy driving played a role in 13 percent of the collisions analyzed.
Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are prone to fatigue for several reasons. For example, both long hours and demanding duties can contribute to sporadic sleep deprivation and even lead to chronic fatigue.
If you were hurt in a large truck crash with a drowsy CMV driver, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Turn to Ballard Law, PLLC to discuss your case and determine the most strategic way to proceed.
Our attorneys have the skills, resolve, and resources to take on even the largest transportation companies and insurance providers. Call 769-572-5111 to schedule a free case evaluation with an 18-wheeler accident lawyer in Jackson.
Read on to learn how commercial drivers can stay alert when behind the wheel:
- Take a Coffee Nap
Researchers have determined that taking a coffee nap—drinking a cup of coffee and then taking a brief nap—is more effective at stimulating alertness than either just drinking a cup of coffee or just taking a nap. For optimum results, you should drink the coffee fairly quickly, take a nap immediately afterward, and sleep for no longer than 20 minutes.
- Maintain a Regular Routine
Traffic may be unpredictable, but a CMV driver’s work schedule should not be. After all, the FMCSA regulates how many consecutive hours truckers are allowed to drive and how often they must take breaks.
As a result, it should actually be fairly easy for commercial drivers to maintain a regular routine, which includes a healthy sleep schedule. The average adult who is between 26 and 64 years old needs between seven and nine hours of sleep every night.
- Recognize the Signs of Drowsy Driving
In order to ensure they remain alert at all times when behind the wheel, CMV drivers must be able to recognize the signs of drowsy driving so they can take action and combat fatigue if necessary. Signs of drowsiness include:
- Excessive yawning;
- Head nodding;
- Wandering or disconnected thoughts;
- Difficulty focusing;
- Missing turns or exits; and
- Drifting out of the lane.
Sadly, not all truckers follow the tips above or prioritize safety when behind the wheel. If you were hurt in a catastrophic collision with a drowsy CMV driver, contact Ballard Law, PLLC.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call 769-572-5111 to schedule a free consultation with an 18-wheeler accident attorney in Jackson. If you want to learn more about truck accident claims in Mississippi, visit the USAttorneys website.