When a trucker is behind the wheel of a large truck or semitrailer, he or she is completely responsible for any choices that endanger others. One moment of distraction or one negligent choice can result in an accident that may change innocent people’s lives. Even operating a large truck while fatigued can have devastating consequences.
Drowsy driving is especially prevalent in the trucking industry. Truckers have to spend long hours on the road, and abnormal sleep schedules can result in poor choices behind the wheel. By developing better habits, truckers can make it easier to stay awake and alert, reducing the chance that they will be in an accident. Of course, it is also critical to follow established regulations regarding consecutive driving hours and mandated rest breaks.
Better health, better driving
One way Louisiana truckers can increase safety while they are on the road is to eat healthily and stay hydrated. Fast food and other unhealthy options are common choices while traveling, but these options can cause a driver to feel sluggish and sleepy. By eating healthy, a trucker will have higher energy levels that last longer. It is also important to stay hydrated. Drinking water can lead to more sustainable energy levels that help a trucker remain alert for longer periods of time while driving.
Truckers often rely on high amounts of caffeine to help them stay awake while on the road. Caffeine can help, but large amounts consumed over a long period of time can have detrimental effects on one’s health. This stimulant can help for short amounts of time, but it may be necessary to drink more and more in order to keep that feeling.
Truckers who are sleepy are more likely to have their minds wander or become distracted while driving. Staying alert not only means staying awake but also being aware of what is happening around the truck. Truckers should also pay close attention to signs that their body and minds need a break as well as how long they’ve been driving consecutively without rest.
Are you a victim?
If you are the victim of a truck accident that you believe resulted from a trucker’s negligence or recklessness, you have options. You could have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim, a course of action that allows you to hold the liable party accountable for your pain and suffering.