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Sleepy truck drivers cause car accidents

Sleepy drivers cause accidents, and lawmakers are well aware of this fact. That's why numerous rules and regulations exist to make sure semitruck drivers are getting enough sleep.

According to the laws that govern the trucking industry, truck drivers can only drive so many consecutive hours in one day, and they can only drive for a limited number of hours each week. However, many truckers complain that they're still having a hard time getting a sufficient amount of sleep when they're driving across country. This is putting truckers and other drivers at risk of getting in catastrophic accidents.

What's keeping truckers awake?

Aside from the constant temptation for truckers to drive extra hours or pull an all-nighter to make up for lost time, truckers have other challenges that can interfere with their sleep schedule. Here are some of the most relevant:

  • Sleeper berths take a lot of getting used to. Some truckers live inside their vehicles for three or more weeks at a time each month, and this can interfere with their ability to get a good night's rest.
  • Truckers are dealing with external noises while trying to sleep and mattresses that aren't as comfortable as home.
  • Many truckers also suffer from sleep apnea which interferes with their ability to get a good night's rest.

Sleepy drivers are a safety liability

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) fatigued driving is an issue in approximately 20 percent of its investigations. For this reason, the NTSB has listed the reduction of fatigue-caused accidents on its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2017 and 2018.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has also issued information about drowsy driving, saying that it causes as much as 9.5 percent of vehicle wrecks, or 328,000 car crashes a year -- 6,400 of which are fatal crashes.

Were you or a loved one involved in fatigue-related crash?

If you or a loved one suffered injury, or death, in a crash caused by a fatigued or sleepy driver, you may be on the right side of the law. A detailed review of the accident, injuries and other resulting damages will reveal your most appropriate next steps for seeking financial justice and restitution.

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