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Truck accidents and the hazards of driver fatigue

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2020 | Truck Wrecks |

It can take little more than a moment of drowsiness for disaster to strike while out on Georgia roads. While virtually anyone could succumb to fatigue while driving, studies indicate that there are various reasons for which those who operate commercial vehicles may be more susceptible to similar concerns. As truck accidents run a greater risk of having cataclysmic results, understanding the common causes of fatigue could be vital to preventing an unfortunate scenario.

Studies suggest that one of the leading causes of fatigue among truck drivers pertains to the presence of demanding schedules. These schedules can leave truckers facing long hours on the road each day and the fear of falling behind could lead to issues with getting enough rest. Even though there are rules in place that are in place to limit the number of hours truck drivers can travel over set periods, these rules might not always have the intended effect.

General lack of sleep can also increase the risks of fatigue. Results from a recent study reportedly states that the truck drivers who took part in a survey admitted they generally get less than five hours of sleep each night. More than half of these individuals also stated that they have experienced bouts with fatigue at some point in their truck driving careers.

Truck accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate, and such incidents run the unfortunate risk of leaving those involved with life-altering injuries, or worse. Individuals who suffer severe harm or the loss of someone close due to similar circumstances may be left in search of advice on their available legal avenues. When facing such a scenario, a person in Georgia could find it helpful to speak with an attorney for advice on the next steps to take and assistance in navigating the process.


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