Truck drivers need to get enough sleep to avoid causing crashes. Distractions caused by drowsiness along with drowsiness on its own can lead to serious collisions. Truck drivers have the potential to take breaks throughout their shifts, so there is no excuse for acting in a way that puts their lives or the lives of others at risk.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that there are many factors that play into a collision. Motor vehicle accidents have factors that can be linked back months or years. For instance, good training can last a lifetime and show the benefit in a reduction of crashes. Not having good training could lead to a collision that would otherwise have been avoidable.
Other factors also play into collisions and are more recent indications of a driver's state of mind. For example, if the driver recently had a few drinks, that could cause him or her to drive dangerously. If the driver did not sleep well, his or her drowsiness could be a sign of that lack of sleep. Speeding could be a sign of a late shipment or rush order that the driver has fallen behind on.
No matter what the situation is, it's important for drivers to be aware of the safest ways to drive. They are in control of extremely large and heavy vehicles. The vehicles potentially have hazardous materials loaded inside, too, which could make for a fatal accident with horrifying injuries. If you're hit and injured, you have rights. Our website has more about the dangers of driving near truck drivers on the interstate.