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There are several causes of trucker fatigue

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There are several causes of trucker fatigue

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Semitruck drivers have to go through special training and testing in order to get the license they need to operate these large trucks. While this is necessary considering all of the things that go into driving a big rig, all the training and testing in the world might not prepare truckers for one of their biggest and most serious adversaries — fatigue.

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Trucker Fatigue Is Dangerous

There are special laws that limit the number of hours a trucker can drive, as well as the number of non-driving hours a driver can put in, per shift. Those laws aren’t followed all time. When they aren’t, trucker fatigue can set in. A fatigued trucker is a danger to anyone who is on the road with the trucker, as well as those who are near the area where the trucker is driving.

┬áThis fatigue isn’t necessarily caused by just not getting enough sleep for one night, although that is a possible cause. Other factors include not getting enough sleep over a prolonged period, medical conditions that lead to fatigue, driving at night and trying to sleep during the day. Some truckers might experience fatigue if they are being held to a tight schedule or having to drive in poor conditions.

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Big Rig Accidents Caused By Trucker Fatigue

Around 40 percent of all big rig accidents are caused at least in part to trucker fatigue. If you are one of the victims of a trucking accident, determining if trucker fatigue was a factor can sometimes take some investigative work. Knowing what to look for as you sift through evidence can help you to learn if fatigue contributed to the accident.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, “Accidents & Fatigue,” accessed March 10, 2016

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