Driver Fatigue
Truck Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue

"Driver fatigue" is a term commonly used to describe the experience of being "sleepy" or "tired" while operating a motor vehicle. Fatigue is both a physiological and a psychological experience, meaning it affects your physical body as well as your mental state. Driver fatigue is the number one cause of truck accidents in the United States.

If you have ever been awake for an extended period of time, you understand how tiredness or “fatigue” can impair your ability to think clearly. This inability prohibits quick reaction time to sudden emergencies. Driver fatigue is so prevalent that the Federal Government has placed limits on the amount of time semi-truck drivers are allowed to drive. However, truck drivers frequently break the law and continue to drive while fatigued.

There are many reasons why truck drivers often exceed the federally mandated hours of service rules. Drivers are most often paid on a "per mile" basis. As a result, the more they drive, the more they earn. In addition, there are issues such as severe weather and traffic related delays that drivers encounter. Due to these delays, truck drivers to often find themselves in a position where they are trying to make up for lost time.

Driver fatigue severely impairs judgment and can affect anyone. It is particularly dangerous because one of the side effects is a decreased ability to judge our own level of tiredness.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Hallucinations
  • Slower reaction speed
  • Difficulty staying in the lane
  • Nodding off (actually falling asleep)

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, please call or email us today. The highly skilled attorneys of Fuicelli & Lee, PC are experts in handling truck accident cases and are here to help.