Mississippi residents like you will end up sharing road space with all manners of drivers and all sizes of vehicles throughout your driving career. Unfortunately, the more vehicles you drive alongside, the more likely it is for you to run into issues with truck drivers who are fatigued.
Driver fatigue is an ongoing issue among drivers in the modern day. It’s a phenomenon that occurs when a person who is too tired to be driving gets behind the wheel anyway. Due to exhaustion, their reflexes are inhibited to the point that they actually perform similarly to people who are driving under the influence.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) takes a look at what causes fatigue in drivers, as well as what can be done to combat this fatigue. First, driver fatigue is often caused or at least affected in part by the work culture in the trucking industry. Truckers are often encouraged or even rewarded for driving with fewer breaks. There is an incentive to get things finished as quickly as possible to make more money.
Of course, that issue cannot be changed by the truck drivers alone. In the meantime, truck drivers can refuse to contribute by resting when they need to rest and not skipping on sleep between jobs. All drivers could also benefit more from being aware of their body’s needs and taking naps when necessary by pulling off to a safe area.
Otherwise, crashes with fatigued drivers will continue to happen. If you have been involved in a crash with a fatigued truck driver, consider contacting an attorney for more information about compensation options.