Polled Truck Drivers State Sleep Problems as a Safety Problem

According to Yahoo! News, a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that 1 in every 10 transportation workers in the United States is sleep deprived. Train conductors, airplane pilots and truck drivers are among the types of workers who have non-traditional schedules. The study states that as many as 11% of transportation employees work while dangerously tired, compared to the 7% of non-transportation employees.

The Sleep in America poll is one of the first studies to examine the relationship between transportation professionals’ sleep habits and their work performance.

  • 14% of truck drivers polled responded saying that sleepiness caused at least one safety problem while driving
  • 44% of truck drivers said they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep
  • 25% of the truck drivers polled cited their work schedule as a problem for their lack of sleep

Lack of sleep for transportation workers can make it difficult to maintain awareness during a driving shift. The inconsistent scheduling of what days to work, what time to work and the amount of time off between work shifts can make it hard to establish sleep/wake patterns for the driver.

“Transportation professionals need to manage sleep to perform at their best,” said National Sleep Foundation CEO, David Cloud.

Without transportation workers performing at their most rested and best, the amount of trucking accidents can greatly increase. Here in Georgia, trucking accidents happen every day. I-75, I-85 and I-20 are frequently littered with truck crashes. Other Georgia drivers need to be careful to try and avoid an interstate truck accident. Cars and motorcycles that are involved in a Georgia truck crash due to the truck driver’s negligence– like lack of sleep- can get caught up in a battle between insurance companies and the trucking companies.

When it comes to truck accidents, there can be many people responsible for the driver’s negligence– the truck driver, the owner of the truck, the person who leased the truck from the owner, the manufacturer of the vehicle, its tires or any other parts, the person or company who loaded the truck’s shipment. All these parties will lay blame with the other as to not be the one responsible with the accident.

If you are the one who has been injured due to a sleepy truck driver’s negligence or another kind of driver negligence, please contact the Kalka & Baer law firm. It can be difficult to settle fault with a trucking insurance company, but our lawyers have settled numerous successful cases in our client’s favor. One reason our truck accident lawyers are so successful is because they know the ins and outs of Georgia trucking laws. There are federal and state laws and regulations that keep the trucking industry safely maintained; they establish certain standards of loading and hauling that must be met. The laws are often the determiner of which party is responsible for the truck accident.

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