Truckers in Georgia spend long hours on the road, and their employers often provide financial incentives to those who make as many deliveries as possible as quickly as possible. However, these factors combined can lead to drowsy driving and truck wrecks. The following are some reasons why drowsy driving is so dangerous according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Overnight driving disrupts our circadian rhythm
Truckers often drive overnight when traffic is lighter. However, our bodies are naturally drowsy from midnight through 6:00 a.m. Driving during these hours can make a person sleepy, impairing their response time to hazards on the road. A trucker who falls asleep behind the wheel can easily cause a truck wreck.
Certain medications can cause drowsiness
Certain prescription medications such as tranquilizers can cause drowsiness. Even over-the-counter medications such as allergy or cold medicines can also cause drowsiness. Truckers who drive while on these medications can easily become fatigued. In one study of truckers who caused truck wrecks, 17% of truckers reported using an over-the-counter medication at the time of the wreck.
Alertness tricks do not work
Truckers may try a variety of methods to stay awake as long as possible. They may drink a cup of coffee or an energy trick, they may smoke a cigarette, they may roll down the window for fresh air or they may play loud music. However, none of these tactics will make a trucker alert in the long-run, and can even lead to overconfidence and truck wrecks.
Learn more about truck wrecks
Truck wrecks can be catastrophic. After all, a standard automobile is simply no match against a semi-truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds. Readers can visit our firm’s website for more information about their rights and options in the event of a truck wreck.