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Why do some truckers suffer from fatigue?

Truckers have a very serious job that keeps this country running. There isn't a way that this country could continue operating properly without them. Still, it is possible for these very important truckers to have episodes of fatigue that can prove to be life-threatening.

It is imperative that truckers ensure they are well-rested and ready to drive when they get behind the wheel of the semitruck. If an accident does occur, there is a chance that the trucker's fatigue could be a factor. You should learn -some basics about this issue that might help you as you proceed.

Are all cases of trucker fatigue caused by lack of sleep?

Not all trucker fatigue is caused by a lack of sleep; however, lack of sleep is a factor in many cases. Other possible causes of trucker fatigue include sleep apnea, obesity and other medical issues.

Does fatigue always mean sleepy?

Fatigue might not mean sleepy. Instead, a trucker might suffer from fatigue if he or she is driving on a familiar road or if the conditions in the cab are hot or humid. Highway hypnosis is another possibility since it can make a trucker feel rather out of sorts while they drive.

If you are involved in a semitruck crash and are injured, you might opt to seek compensation for the damages of the injuries. These can be considerable and might have a negative impact on the rest of your life. This is why seeking compensation is so important. It can give you the financial means to allow you to move forward with your life as best as you can.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, "Accidents & Fatigue," accessed April 18, 2017

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