No matter what the weather or time of day, semi-trucks are an ever-present sight on highways in Southern California. It takes skill and knowledge to handle one of these behemoth vehicles, meaning truckers have to make sure they are alert and aware of their surroundings while driving. Unfortunately, many are not and will end up causing a truck accident due to drowsy driving.
Driving overnight disrupts our circadian rhythm
Many truckers choose to drive overnight, either due to the lighter traffic during those hours, or simply to make more deliveries as quickly as possible. However, our bodies are naturally drowsy between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Driving during these hours could increase the chance of a drowsy driving accident, as a person’s response time is impaired.
Certain medications cause drowsiness
Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications list drowsiness as a side effect. Some examples include tranquilizers, antihistamines and cold medicines. Taking one of these medications and then driving could easily lead to drowsiness, no matter what the time of day. One study revealed that 17% of truckers surveyed reported that they had used an over-the-counter drug at the time of a trucking accident.
Alertness tricks lead to a false sense of security
Many truckers, and for that matter other drivers, think there are ways they can cure drowsiness. They may roll down a window for fresh air, drink a cup of coffee or an energy drink, play loud music or smoke a cigarette. However, these tactics do not cure drowsiness in the long-run and can lead a driver to have a false sense of security. This could lead to a drowsy driving accident.
Learn more about truck accidents
Truck accidents can be catastrophic, due to the sheer size and weight of a semi-truck. Many of those involved in truck accidents suffer serious injuries. It is important to hold the appropriate parties responsible when a trucker causes a drowsy driving accident. You can contact our firm to learn more about your rights if you are injured in a truck accident caused by a drowsy driver.