As a driver, you know that there are times when you become too tired to press on. When this happens, it's imperative that you find a safe place to pull over and rest.
Some truckers don't take the same approach. Instead, they are in such a hurry to reach their destination that they neglect to rest as required by the law.
Here are some of the signs that a driver is too tired to continue forward:
- Difficulty focusing on the road ahead
- Trouble remembering what happened over the past few miles
- Constant yawning
- Trouble keeping your head up
- Signs of irritability and aggression
- Drifting from one lane to the other
If you come across a driver who appears drowsy, it's important to keep your distance. By doing so, you lessen the likelihood of being part of a serious accident.
Even though most trucker drivers realize that they shouldn't be driving drowsy, some make this a habit. They assume that they will stay awake just because they are behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
If you are involved in an accident with a trucker, you should move your car to safety and wait for help to arrive. Due to the size difference in vehicles, you may suffer a serious injury. It's important to receive immediate medical assistance, as this can improve your long-term outlook.
Once you know the cause of the accident and your legal rights, you can formulate a plan for the weeks and months to come. It's possible that you may qualify for some type of compensation.
Source: National Sleep Foundation, "Drowsy Driving," accessed Aug. 29, 2017