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Truckers who are fatigued must stay off the roads

All drivers should make sure that they are awake and ready for the road before they get behind the wheel. Anyone who is feeling fatigued shouldn't try to drive because they are putting their own life and the life of anyone else who is on the road in danger.

People might think that truckers are immune to feelings of fatigue, but this isn't the case. Just because they drive a lot doesn't mean that they can do so safely when they are feeling fatigued. The weight and size of those trucks makes them an even bigger danger to others.

Fatigue doesn't only come from lack of sleep, although that can certainly contribute to the problem. In some cases, the trucker might have gotten plenty of sleep but there are other factors that are making them feel fatigued.

Driving at night is one of the possible issues that can lead to fatigue. The hypnotizing effect of oncoming traffic in the dark can make the trucker zone out, which could lead to an accident. There is also the matter of the body naturally trying to rest at night, which can exacerbate the issue.

It might surprise you to learn that even driving on familiar roads can lead to fatigue. This is because the driver might not really pay attention to those roads, which could lead to inattention and being in a trance of sorts.

Other factors that might spell trouble for truckers include driving in a hot or stuffy cab, not having time to recover between shifts and having to do other job duties, such as loading and unloading the trailer. If a trucker causes an accident, getting down to the root of the fatigue is usually necessary, especially if you are going to seek compensation for your injuries.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, "Accidents & Fatigue," accessed June 08, 2018

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