Due to the nature of the job, truck driver fatigue is a factor that is almost always relevant when pursuing a truck accident case. Truck drivers are often operating under strict deadlines which can cause them to not only drive without adequate rest, but also to drive aggressively.
Sleep deprived drivers are of increased concern to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); in 2003 FMCSA established an hours of service (HOS) policy for truckers. Despite such measures being taken, the U.S. National Safety board still reports that driver fatigue is the leading cause in up to 40% of truck crashes.
As most daily functions require rest an attention, operating a truck or trailer requires extra attentiveness. If you believe driver fatigue to be the cause of a truck or trailer accident, consult a truck accident expert today.