Drowsy driving is a common cause of commercial truck accidents that occur on Connecticut highways. Irregular shifts, health issues, and a reliance on caffeine may all be responsible for causing a motorist to experience symptoms of fatigue while making a delivery.
How irregular schedules cause fatigue
The typical human body is wired to be awake during the day and asleep at night. Therefore, driving during the overnight hours can be dangerous because a person is working at the same time that their body is trying to shut itself down. Furthermore, truck drivers may have difficulty trying to sleep during the day, which means that they’ll be driving while experiencing a sleep deficit.
It’s worth noting that those who operate a vehicle after being awake for 24 hours experience the same level of impairment as someone who has a blood-alcohol level of 0.10. This can significantly increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident occurring.
Health problems can make it difficult to rest comfortably
A sore back, tingling in the legs, or a severe headache can make it almost impossible to sleep soundly for several consecutive hours. In an effort to alleviate the pain, some drivers will take pills or drink alcohol. Commercial drivers may also drink coffee, soda, or energy drinks to stay awake while on the road. However, after a quick spike in energy, they will likely experience a crash that will make them feel groggy.
If you are hurt in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may be entitled to receive a financial settlement. The compensation that you receive from a negligent motorist might help to pay medical bills, make up for lost wages or future earnings or otherwise help you recover.