Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include intoxication, reckless driving, and defective vehicles. Often, the cause of a truck accident can be determined through a sobriety test, or by analyzing the data from the truck’s black box (such as in cases of speeding). But there is another common truck accident contributor that could be difficult to prove: Driver fatigue.
It may seem like proving driver fatigue will be a “their word vs. your word” situation, however, there are concrete ways to demonstrate the level of fatigue a truck driver may have been experiencing at the time of an accident.
How Does Driver Fatigue Contribute to Truck Accidents?
If you’ve ever driven on a long trip, or even commuted to work on minimal sleep, you’ve experienced driver fatigue. When you’re tired, it is difficult to focus on any task, and especially one as complicated as driving.
Driver fatigue can lead to behaviors such as:
- Slowed reaction time, and not braking when needed
- Failure to check mirrors
- Not using turn signals
- Swerving or drifting into other lanes
Truck driving is much more complex than driving a car. Truckers must be completely alert to handle large rigs correctly — driver fatigue prevents this.
Evidence of Truck Driver Fatigue
Evidence of how long a trucker was driving is one of the most tangible ways to show that fatigue contributed to an accident. Truck drivers travel for long hours, with very little breaks to rest. There are legal caps on the number of hours truckers are allowed to drive, and exceeding those hours can be used as evidence of fatigue.
Data from a truck’s black box can also prove fatigue. Failure to break, for example, can be shown in a black box and used as evidence to prove driver fatigue.
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