Driver fatigue can significantly increase the risk of an accident on Arizona roads. It is especially important for commercial truck drivers to avoid drowsy driving because of the size and weight of their vehicles. Let’s take a look at some of the causes of driver fatigue and what to do if you’re involved in an accident caused by a truck driver.
Causes of driver fatigue
It isn’t uncommon for a trucker to drive at night and attempt to sleep during the day. While some are able to adjust to this type of arrangement, others will struggle to remain awake and alert during their shifts. Those who take medication or drink alcohol may also struggle to stay awake while behind the wheel of their vehicles. Finally, a person who has a cold, flu or other type of illness may feel tired or sluggish until the illness goes away.
What to do if you’re involved in a large truck accident
Ideally, you will seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the collision occurs. This can allow you to obtain timely care for injuries that have already presented themselves. Furthermore, a doctor may be able to spot signs of internal injuries or others that have yet to present themselves.
In many cases, seeking treatment will generate medical records that can be used during settlement talks or at trial. These records can help to show that your injuries were a directly result of a crash caused by a truck driver’s negligence. You can also strengthen your legal position by following your doctor’s treatment plan to the letter. Doing so could show that you made a good faith effort to fully recover from your injuries.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, it might be a good idea to speak with an attorney. Doing so may make it easier to obtain compensation for medical bills and other damages that you might incur.