Truck Driver Fatigue Causes Accidents
A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver, and dangerous drivers cause accidents. This fact is especially true regarding tired truck drivers who are fully in control of their vehicles.Long-haul truck drivers are required to follow federal regulations that define the length of time they can drive in a shift and required rest breaks. But many fail to follow these regulations. When an accident happens, they may try to alter their logbooks to hide their negligence.At the law firm of Perry & Young, P.A., we aggressively pursue compensation for our clients, by conducting comprehensive investigations to document the rule-breaking behavior of truck drivers and trucking companies.Call us at 850-215-7777 for a free consultation about a truck accident case. We can meet with you in our offices in Panama City, Marianna and Tallahassee, or a location that is convenient for you.
Causes Of Truck Driver Fatigue
When it comes to truck driver fatigue, the issue of long-haul truck driver compensation is at the heart of the problem. Almost all over-the-road truck drivers are paid in one of two ways — on a per mile basis or on a flat-fee, per load basis. Both of these compensation schemes provide drivers with a strong incentive to drive fast and for long periods of time.
Truck drivers may skip their required rest periods or drive for longer periods than federal regulations allow. They may also use over-the-counter or illegal stimulants to stay awake, but these may only serve to slow reaction times and result in a sudden loss of alertness when the medication wears off. Some truck drivers operate in teams — one drives while the other gets some fitful sleep in the cab’s bunk. But studies show that a person is not fully awake for at least 20 minutes after rising.
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