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Why is lack of sleep the most common cause of truck accidents?

Why is lack of sleep the most common cause of truck accidents?

Drowsing driving is very common in truck drivers. Truckers have a difficult job requiring long hours on the road without getting any sleep. It’s difficult to stay awake and attentive after driving all day yet they push themselves to meet tough deadlines. Unfortunately, many truck drivers turn to drugs, coffee, and energy drinks to help them stay awake. This may complicate things a bit more as caffeine, besides being unhealthy, can impact their driving ability and increase injury potential when an accident occurs. Contact a Los Angeles truck accident attorney after a truck accident.

Truckers and other drugs

Driving when fatigued can be as bad as driving under the influence. Truckers are specifically known for their use of illegal drugs to keep them alert on the road. Some drugs such as crystal meth and methamphetamine are at the top of their list. These drugs can have a long-lasting effect on the body. Besides, agitation, paranoia, confusing speech, and an aggressive attitude, the driver can also suffer brain damage, irregular heartbeat, strokes, and even death.

The trucker logbook

Oftentimes truck drivers lie avoid the hours they spend driving. They are supposed to keep a logbook of their whereabouts but they lie to meet deadlines and deliver their loads on time. Many people are unfamiliar with the amount of accountability required from these drivers. These books are supposed to show the trucker’s weekly activities and assure they take a break and don’t drive more than what’s expected from them. Although falsifying logbooks can cost truckers penalties, fines, and even prison time, they still do it. Oftentimes, logbooks help Los Angeles car accident attorneys to find evidence related to these types of accidents. In the event of a truck accident, the driver, as well as the trucking company’s books, are inspected together with other items such as fuel and restaurant receipts. These receipts show if the information in the logbooks is accurate. If there is a discrepancy, the driver will be held accountable.

Drive safely around trucks

Remember that these large vehicles have blind spots and they are less maneuverable. Make sure you pass them safely and don’t linger in the blind spot for too long. Avoid tailgating and anticipate wide turns. Buckle up, and above all, exercise a lot of patients. It’s a rare virtue while on the road that can keep you focus and help you avoid a trucking accident.

JML Law assists drowsy driving crash victims

Now it’s the time to consult a Los Angeles truck accident attorney to help you handle all aspects of your case. Our attorneys are passionate about fighting for your rights and getting the compensation you deserve. You may be able to recover damages from both the truck driver and the trucking company. Our attorneys will fully investigate your case and explain what your legal options are. To schedule your free initial case evaluation, contact us today.

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