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How deadly is truck driver fatigue?

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Illinois residents like you share the road with many vehicles of all shapes and sizes. However, some of the most dangerous ones are trucks. We at the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are here to help explain why truck driver fatigue can be so dangerous.

Truck drivers are responsible for massive, heavy and unwieldy vehicles. It takes a lot of concentration and expertise to maneuver them properly and safely on the roads, especially on freeways where everyone is moving quickly and incidents can happen in the blink of an eye. This is exactly why being exhausted can be so deadly. Without a driver’s ability to remain fully alert and keep their attention on the road at all times, a single mistake can lead to huge pile-up collisions simply due to the size of these vehicles.

Additionally, truck driver fatigue is unfortunately more of a problem than average driver fatigue. This is because the trucking industry often promotes behaviors that may be unsafe for drivers. Truckers work long hours without as many breaks as they should have simply because it is often incentivized to cover as much distance in the shortest amount of time possible. This leaves plenty of room for mistakes and related crashes.

If you have gotten into a crash with a truck, you likely have faced severe physical, mental and emotional repercussions. You may want to take a look at our web page on motor vehicle crashes to learn about your compensation options, or contact us to discuss your situation.