Semitrucks are very large and heavy, especially when they have a full load. The truckers who operate these vehicles should ensure they’re always using proper safety protocol so that they can help keep everyone on the road safe. One issue that occurs often is fatigue.

Truckers drive long hours, and the Hours of Service regulations are meant to help them avoid fatigue. The issue is that there isn’t any magic number of hours or miles that they can drive before fatigue sets in. The same driver might be able to drive a full shift one day but may only be able to drive a fraction of one on another day.

Fatigued driving can be just as deadly as drunk driving. Being awake for 18 hours produces the same level of impairment in drivers as being legally drunk. There aren’t any special tricks to help truckers stay awake once fatigue sets in. Relying on things like caffeine to stay awake might seem like a good choice; however, the results are only temporary and should only be counted on to help keep them awake until they can pull over for sleep.

A person who is struck by a fatigued trucker may suffer catastrophic injuries. This can lead to exorbitant medical care costs, as well as lifelong income challenges. They might opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help shift the financial responsibility to the trucker, trucking company and other liable entities. This is done through a civil lawsuit, but this must be filed within a certain timeframe. Swift action is critical in these cases.