The Dangers Of Driver Fatigue With 18-Wheelers

Long Hours, Tired Truck Drivers

Driver fatigue is dangerous for all drivers, but it is particularly dangerous for drivers of big rigs and 18-wheelers. Driver fatigue is the most common cause of 18-wheeler crashes. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatigued driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. The number of hours a truck driver can work is limited by federal regulations. Sometimes, though, these regulations are not followed by drivers who are motivated to drive more hours to make more money. As a result, drivers tend to work exceedingly long hours without sleep.

How Fatigue Leads To Driver Error

When we are fatigued at the wheel, we tend to make errors when driving due to a lack of concentration. For example, fatigued drivers may not notice traffic lights and stop signs. They may also forget to turn off their turn signals, which can confuse other road users. Often, fatigued drivers forget to check their blind spots and either sideswipe another vehicle or back into one. These errors are dangerous when made by drivers of ordinary vehicles. The danger is magnified when the vehicle is an 18-wheeler, often resulting in accidents, injuries and even death.

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If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident involving a tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler or another industrial vehicle, damages may be recoverable. For a free consultation to determine whether you are entitled to compensation, and thus the peace of mind and financial relief from the costs of medical treatment, contact one of the trucking accident attorneys at Reich & Binstock. Either use our contact form or call 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free.