Why Truckers Fall Asleep at the Wheel
Truck Driver Safety
Unfortunately, truck accidents are relatively standard in Colorado. While the number of trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2020 decreased by 4% from 2019, it’s still 33% higher than in 2011. In addition, the number of deaths caused by large truck crashes increased by 31% from 2011 to 2020.
Trucker fatigue is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents. Truckers are often on the road for long hours and can get very tired, especially when traveling long distances. Fatigued drivers are more likely to make mistakes on the road that can lead to fatal accidents.
Trucker fatigue is especially dangerous because truckers are often carrying large loads. If they make a mistake while driving, the consequences can be devastating and involve several other vehicles.
Unethical Trucking Company Practices
Some trucking companies are known to push their drivers to meet strict deadlines. Drivers start to feel rushed and stressed, becoming more prone to making mistakes. In addition, some companies may encourage drivers to take risks to make their deadline, putting other drivers in hazardous situations.
These risks include speeding, skipping breaks, and working long hours without proper rest. More than often, these practices are unfair to drivers and can create a dangerous work environment. These companies need to be held accountable for their actions, and drivers should be given the proper resources and support to stay safe on the job.
How Common Is Trucker Fatigue?
Due to unethical company practices, trucker fatigue is more common than most people realize. Alarmingly, some studies show that truck drivers sleep less than 5 hours a night. This contributes to 64% of truck drivers experiencing chronic fatigue and 27% of drivers having insomnia. More dangerously, reportedly, 18% of truck drivers have fallen asleep behind the wheel, contributing to the dangers on the road.
Trucking Accidents are More Dangerous
Trucking accidents are significantly more dangerous than car accidents for several reasons. Trucks are much larger and heavier than cars, so the impact of a collision is usually much more significant. They also have a higher center of gravity than cars, making them more likely to roll over in an accident. Additionally, these heavier vehicles have large blind spots, so the driver may not see a car in the next lane over. Most importantly, trucks take longer to stop than cars, so the truck driver may only be able to avoid an accident if they see it coming.
Liability After Trucking Accidents
A truck accident can be severe, especially when a driver falls asleep at the wheel. In such a case, it is crucial to determine who is liable for the accident. The truck driver may be held responsible if it can be proven that they were negligent in operating the vehicle. However, the trucking company may also be held liable if it can be shown that the company failed to maintain the vehicle properly or failed to provide the driver with adequate rest breaks. If the truck driver and the trucking company are found to be at fault, they may be jointly liable for the accident.
Contact a Lawyer After Your Trucking Accident
After you’ve been in a trucking accident, you must protect your rights by hiring an experienced lawyer. Insurance companies will often try to minimize your compensation, but a qualified attorney will fight for the full amount you’re owed. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can also help you navigate the legal process and ensure that all the paperwork is in order.
Don’t try to handle your trucking accident claim on your own. Contact the Bussey Law Firm, P.C. by calling (719) 475-2555 to schedule your appointment.