Preventing truck driver fatigue & accidents
Research indicates that fatigue can play a major role in accidents, particularly for older drivers and for drivers on the road for 12 hours or more. What causes fatigue? According to Amerisafe workers compensation administrators, normal fatigue can be caused by three categories of stress factors:
– Physical environment such as temperature and vibration.
– Physiological factors such as poor or inadequate sleep, drugs and alcohol, or irregular eating habits.
– Psychological factors such as anger, fear, and frustration.
Professional drivers are exposed to many of these factors every day.
Below are ten tips to help alleviate potential fatigue brought on by the day-to-day business of truck driving:
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks).