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Tired driving can be dangerous

On Behalf of | Sep 26, 2022 | Trucking Accidents

Truck driver fatigue is one of several common reasons cited for accidents that occur in Arkansas and throughout the country. There are several reasons why a tired truck driver may be at a higher risk of causing a wreck that results in property damage, injury or death. These reasons may include an inability to process information or an inability to properly control a commercial vehicle.

Why tired drivers lose control

Research has discovered that driving after staying awake for more than 20 straight hours is equivalent to doing so with a blood alcohol level of .10%. This is higher than the legal limit for both passenger and commercial motorists. At this point, a motorist will likely have trouble controlling muscle groups as well as difficulty regulating emotions. This means that a driver may not have the mental ability to drive safely even if that individual has the physical ability to do so.

Spatial awareness may be diminished

Those who are tired may easily lose track of where they are in relation to other people or objects. This is why a tired motorist may have trouble maintaining the proper lane. It may also cause a driver to forget to make a lane change or make a turn in a timely manner. Instead of moving over gradually, a vehicle may cross multiple lanes without warning or simply make a turn without using a turn signal.

Only sleep combats fatigue

Drivers may try to drink soda, drink coffee or use other methods to stay awake and alert while operating their vehicles. However, going to sleep is the only way to obtain sufficient cognitive function for an extended period of time. In some cases, it only takes about 60 minutes of sleep to avoid impairment that could lead to a truck accident taking place.

If you are hurt in an accident caused by a tired driver, you may be entitled to compensation. A financial award may make it easier to pay medical bills or pay ongoing costs related to a defendant’s reckless actions.