The dangers of drowsy truckers


Few things are as intimidating on the road than the sight of a speeding tractor-trailer. You never know the condition of the person behind the wheel.

A loaded big rig can weigh 80,000 pounds, putting you and your 4,000-pound car at great risk in a collision. A study found that too often, truck drivers are drowsy and a danger.

How tired are truckers?

The Top 10 behaviors that lead to truck collisions include both “drowsy driving” (No. 3) and “falling asleep” (No. 10). Also on the list is “blank stare” (No. 2), a term often associated with someone who has been on the road too long without a break.

Lytx compiled the list based on 100 billion miles of driving information. The company offers video telematics, analytics and safety solutions to the trucking industry.

Lytx also reports that most accidents occur between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. That ties into the time when most drivers are likely to be drowsy.

How do tired truckers cause accidents?

Working long hours is part of the job for truckers. It does not have to be a problem, though.

Federal and state laws mandate rest breaks and limit trucker hours. Sometimes, however, truckers choose to ignore the laws as they are often under pressure to meet unrealistic delivery schedules.

Truckers who nod off do not have time to slow their vehicle before a collision. When driving drowsy, their reaction times might be too slow to prevent a highway tragedy.

A truck accident can cause serious injuries that change your life forever. You may need compensation to cover damages, medical bills and lost wages.

How can you protect yourself?

When you are on the road, your life and safety depend on the alertness of other drivers. Truckers, to protect the public and themselves, must follow laws and common sense.

You can take steps to safeguard yourself and your loved ones: Keep an eye on tractor-trailers and give them plenty of room.