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Champaign, IL truck crash lawyer for driver fatigueDrowsy driving can be very dangerous. A person needs complete control of their physical and mental faculties to be able to operate a vehicle safely, and being tired or fatigued can affect their ability to see what is happening on the road around them and react to other vehicles or changing conditions. This can be especially dangerous for truck drivers, and driver fatigue is a factor that leads to far too many truck accidents

Issues That Can Cause a Truck Driver to Be Too Drowsy to Drive Safely

The trucking industry is focused on delivering cargo to its destination as quickly as possible. Drivers are expected to spend long hours on the road, and they are sometimes encouraged by their employers to exceed the allowed hours of operation. However, even when drivers abide by the rules and regulations, driving the correct number of hours and taking breaks when required, they can still become tired after a long shift of driving. This is especially true for drivers who are driving at unusual hours, since truck accidents are more likely to occur at night.

Drivers may also become drowsy due to medical issues or other factors that affect their ability to get enough sleep. A person with sleep apnea may spend enough time sleeping, but the poor quality of their sleep may cause them to become tired more quickly. Quality of sleep can also be affected by the use of alcohol or caffeine, and a person may struggle to fall asleep if they are not receiving the proper nutrition or are not drinking enough water to stay fully hydrated.

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Bloomington personal injury attorney car accident

Most adults struggle to get enough sleep at night. Whether it is a tight deadline at work, child-related responsibilities, insomnia, or another cause, studies show that a large percentage of Americans are sleep-deprived. Inadequate sleep can have a major impact on a person’s physical and mental functioning. When a sleep-deprived individual gets behind the wheel of a car, he or she is significantly more likely to be involved in a car accident than someone who got enough sleep. Vehicle crashes caused by fatigued drivers lead to thousands of injuries and deaths each year.

Do Not Underestimate the Effect of Sleep Deprivation on Driving

Healthy habits like eating vegetables, exercising, and getting enough sleep are often hard to maintain. Life circumstances often get in the way of our good intentions. However, getting behind the wheel of a car when you are too sleepy to operate it safely not only puts your life in danger but also the lives of those around you. Sleep deprivation negatively affects a person’s reaction time, problem-solving skills, coordination, and other cognitive processes. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that driving after being awake for 20 hours or more is equivalent to driving drunk in terms of impairment. People who are severely sleep-deprived may even experience instances of “micro-sleep.” These short bursts of sleep are involuntary and often occur without the person’s knowledge. Although fatigue is linked to approximately 1000,000 car accidents each year, many people underestimate the effect sleepiness has on their ability to safely drive.

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