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Driver fatigue: When profits matter more than people

Truck drivers are important, and due to their critical role in transporting goods across the country, they are often overworked and underappreciated. Whether it is due to the promise of payment upon delivery or pressure from employers to complete deliveries faster, Ohio truckers are often driving long hours and long distances while fatigued.

Fatigued driving is dangerous, no matter what kind of vehicle a person is driving. However, it is particularly dangerous when the fatigued driver is behind the wheel of a large and heavy vehicle that is capable of causing serious damage if involved in an accident.

Too tired to be safe

When a truck driver is tired, he or she has a slower response time and may not react to potential hazards appropriately. In order to prevent truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has the following to say about the dangers of driving while tired:

  • Driving during times that the body is naturally tired increases the chances of an accident.
  • Inadequate sleep over a long period of time can have a detrimental impact on a trucker's driving skills.
  • Driving shortly after waking up can cause a trucker to experience driver inertia.
  • Many truckers do not recognize when they may be too tired to driver safely and need to stop and rest.

You can recognize tired driving by certain behaviors that not only increase the chance of an accident, but also increase the likelihood that innocent people in smaller passenger vehicles will experience serious or fatal accident injuries. Swerving, following too closely and not reacting quickly are all behaviors commonly seen in overly fatigued truck drivers.

Protecting your rights after a truck accident

If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, it is possible that fatigued driving played a role in what happened. An experienced personal injury attorney can thoroughly investigate your case, determine if fatigue may be to blame for your accident and gather the evidence needed to build a strong claim.

Fatigued driving is a threat to the safety of every person on the road. Liable parties may be held accountable for the negative consequences of an accident caused by a tired trucker. Confronting a trucking company or fighting for rightful compensation from a powerful and intimidating insurance provider can be complex, but with a knowledgeable legal ally advocating for your interests, you may be able to protect your rights and secure a full recovery.

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