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Why is it important for truckers to get enough sleep?

Truck accidents can be caused by a host of issues. Some of these issues are fully preventable. Trucker fatigue is one of the easiest causes of truck accidents to take care of. In fact, if truckers comply with the hours of service regulations that are set for them and get sleep when they are off, they are likely to be rested enough to drive safely.

How common is trucker fatigue?

It is estimated that trucker fatigue is a contributing factor in around 40 percent of all trucking accidents. It is important to note that trucker fatigue isn't caused only by lack of sleep. There are several different factors that can lead a trucker to feel fatigued.

What can contribute to trucker fatigue?

A host of different factors can contribute to trucker fatigue. Lack of sleep is the most obvious; however, medical conditions like diabetes can also cause fatigue. Driving on a monotonous route can lead to fatigue. Driving at night, driving on a tight schedule, driving in a hot cabin and being overweight can all lead to fatigue.

What can happen if a trucker is fatigued?

The most traumatic thing that can happen if a trucker is fatigued is that he or she will cause an accident. That accident can lead to innocent people having injuries. In some cases, the accident might claim lives.

If you were involved in a truck accident, you might have suffered from serious injuries. You might decide to seek compensation to help you cover the medical bills, lost wages and other expenses related to the accident.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, "Accidents & Fatigue," accessed Dec. 17, 2015

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