Few forms of negligent behavior among drivers are as underrated as drowsy driving. Oklahoma residents should understand that lack of sleep can impair one’s attention and ability to make judgments as well as slow down reflexes. None of this makes for a good combination with driving, especially when one is driving a big rig.
Causes of truck driver fatigue
Truck drivers may be more prone to drowsiness than passenger vehicle drivers, and it’s important to know some of the possible reasons for this. For one, truckers work long hours and may even drive through the night, choosing to sleep in the day. This is almost always hard to adjust to. Some truckers, in the effort to meet deadlines, will exceed the number of hours that federal law allows in a single shift.
To make matters worse, other truckers may abuse alcohol or take medications that induce drowsiness as a side effect. Illnesses, combined with the fact that truckers may not take rest breaks to recover from them, can also cause contribute.
What to do after a truck accident
Perhaps you were injured by a drowsy truck driver. The first thing one would do in such a situation is call 911. The police will write a report in which will be found vital information like the trucker’s employer and license number. Then, one would notify the insurance company.
Legal representation for your case
Many motor vehicle accidents form the basis for a personal injury claim. To see if you have a strong case, you may want to consult with a lawyer. Legal counsel may strengthen your case with evidence of the trucker’s negligence. Third parties would likely help in this. The lawyer may then negotiate for a settlement out of court.