You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone that does not appreciate the dangers/risks associated with drunk driving. Although the public perception of texting and driving is not yet on par with that of intoxicated driving, surveys show that the general public is beginning to recognize the risks of texting while behind the wheel, particularly for tractor-trailer drivers.
Despite being as risky and deadly as either drunk driving or texting and driving, fatigued driving has garnered little spotlight in the national conversation of safe driving habits. Commentators believe that such a lack of attention may be due to the nature of the danger. Unlike texting and driving or drunk driving, fatigued driving is not the direct product of an affirmative act. Instead, sleepy motorists may not even realize that they are unfocused and a likely cause of a serious motor vehicle accident. Commentators also believe that the lack of a widespread public safety campaign, which has proven successful for risks associated with texting and driving, contributes to the lack of awareness on the issue.
The Centers of Disease Control recently conducted a study to discover the number of fatigued motorists in America. According to their results, 4% of drivers admit to dosing off behind the wheel-not just driving in a fatigued state. To put that in perspective, nearly 1 of 24 cars is being operated by a fatigued driver. Therefore, it should be of no surprise that sleep-related car accidents pose a significant threat to motorists.
While all motorists are susceptible to fatigue, some individuals are at a higher risk of engaging in fatigued-driving than others. For example, tractor truck drivers are often required to drive long distances in a fixed time period. Some truck companies even structure a driver's compensation and/or bonus on the amount of time the driver completes the haul. As a result, truck driver fatigue is a major cause in many 18-wheeler accidents.
While an at-fault driver may not appear sleepy immediately following an accident, the Alabama trucking accident lawyers at Drake Law Firm can investigate various factors to discover if a truck driver was driving under conditions likely to cause drowsiness. If you're injured in an 18-wheeler accident, you can schedule your free case evaluation by calling 205-970-0800 or completing our online case evaluation.