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Sleep debt and other fatigue factors affecting Ohio truckers

We recently discussed why truck accidents occur. One of the common reasons for truck accidents is fatigue. Think about how tired you can get while you travel. For many people, long hours on the road can lead to sleepiness and a slowed reaction time. The same is true for some truckers who share our Ohio highways and interstates. Long working hours and lack of quality sleep can often lead to fatigue that affects their driving.

Some truckers are affected by sleep debt. This occurs when the trucker misses hours of sleep over a number of days. When you consider that concept, you can probably see why a trucker who is fatigued or tired at the beginning of his or her workweek would be more likely to feel fatigued at the end of the week.

Sleep debt isn't the only thing that can lead to fatigue-related accidents. Truckers who work when they would normally sleep can have problems. Irregular working hours and shifts that start early in the day can lead to problems with fatigue while driving. When you add in the monotony of some routes the truckers drive on, you can imagine how much fatigue they feel.

Truckers are also held to very tight transit and delivery times. This can add stress into the driver's situation, which can increase fatigue. When you consider that some drivers have to load and unload a truck as part of their working schedule, you can see how they can get tired easily.

Making sure that truckers are held to reasonable expectations and have ample down time to rest are vital factors in keeping the roadways safe. Some drivers might still feel the need to drive while fatigued.

When fatigued truckers cause accidents, the victims of the accident might opt to seek compensation. That compensation, however, might not come from the driver. Determining who to hold liable for the damages of the accident is one of the first steps of many in a trucking accident claim.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, "Accidents & Fatigue" accessed Feb. 18, 2015

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