A devastating North Carolina truck accident can be caused by many things – distracted driving (amazingly, even professional truck drivers often text while operating an 80,000-pound vehicle), driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and speeding, just to name a few.
However, one of the most common causes of big rig wrecks is driver fatigue. It makes sense if you think about it: truckers spend a lot of time on the road. It can be tiring. It can be boring. But – and this is the important thing – there are ways to minimize the effect of fatigued driving on truckers.
In fact, there are not only “suggestions” from agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (get enough sleep, maintain a healthy diet, take a nap, avoid medication that causes drowsiness, recognize the signals of drowsy driving…), but there are laws in place designed to combat this growing problem. Both truckers and trucking companies can find themselves in “hot water” if these rules are not followed.