Drowsy driving is a problem on the roads of not just Tennessee but the entire country. It is an issue that is just as dangerous as drunk driving and distracted driving. Some of the most common drowsy drivers are found behind the wheels of trucks. Truck drivers are on the roads for hours on end, but they still must follow guidelines regarding rest. Here are the dangers of truck driver fatigue.

One of the most dangerous aspects of truck driver fatigue is that it makes the driver less able to pay attention to what is going on around them. They will struggle to pay attention to the road, to other vehicles, to pedestrians, to bicyclists, to motorcyclists and even animals.

Another danger of truck driver fatigue is that the driver will not be able to make good decisions when behind the wheel. This means that if they need to slam on the brakes due to an incident in front of them, they might not be able to process it. The driver will have trouble making decisions about braking on a yellow light and then stopping on red.

The reaction time of a truck driver who is fatigued will not be as good as a truck driver who has gotten a lot of sleep lately. This means they will have trouble braking, turning, and making other sudden movements as a driver.

Truck driver fatigue is very dangerous for all drivers on the roads of Knoxville. Have you been injured in a trucking accident caused by a fatigued driver? An experienced personal injury attorney can help you defend your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Source: CDC, “Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel,” accessed Nov. 09, 2017