Truck driver fatigue can lead to accidents

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Truck drivers in the state of Mississippi are often working under an intense amount of pressure. There are deadlines to meet and a thousand more runs to be made. As a result, fatigue is a common side effect of too much work with too little rest. This fatigue can lead to accidents that cause injuries or deaths.

Driver fatigue can lead to tragic consequences

Truck accidents are very often more prone to produce serious injuries and fatalities. This is partly due to the sheer size of an 18-wheeler versus a small car. They may also be made worse due to the state the driver of the truck may be in due to the fatigue they are suffering from.

When a truck driver doesn’t get enough rest, their bodies begin to shut down. They may have trouble staying awake behind the wheel. Their reflexes can slow down. They may become irritable and prone to outbursts of anger. Above all, their ability to deal with situations on the road is impaired.

What to do after a truck accident

There are certain actions that you need to take in the aftermath of a truck accident. You should pull over so as not to block the road. You should also try to take photos of your vehicle, the truck that hit you, and the scene of the accident. Get as many statements as you can from eyewitnesses, police, and emergency medical personnel.

Don’t refuse the offer of medical treatment. You need to be sure your injuries aren’t worse than you think. You also need to get your condition verified by a medical expert. Ask for all of the records that are related to the treatment you receive. You will need them when you file a claim with your insurance company.