Far too many of the Chicago truck crash stories reported on this blog have a similar theme at their core: they were caused by tired truckers. Time and again drivers behind the wheels of these big rigs make various mistakes that would likely have been avoided if the trucker was properly rested. This driver fatigue is a well-known and well studied problem. However, steps to eliminate the concern have often fallen short.
For one thing, there is clear disagreement within the industry about the root cause of the fatigue. One line of thought argues that the problem is caused in large part by truck drivers with undiagnosed cases of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where the sufferer has repeated breathing disturbances while sleeping which results in poor sleep quality and much higher than normal feelings of sleepiness while awake.
Many in the industry suggest that sleep apnea is a major contributing factor to trucker fatigue. While it is undoubtedly true that some truckers suffer from the problem, little evidence suggests that it is a major cause of fatigue. Askthetrucker.com provided a comprehensive critique of the issue, explaining that the best data indicates that truckers suffer sleep apnea at the same rest as the rest of the population. Even most importantly, the data reveals that those drivers did not show a higher risk of causing truck accidents.
The truth remains much simpler: lack of sleep is the main cause of driver fatigue.
Our Chicago truck crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti are committing to protecting the rights of all victims of these deadly road incidents. It is undeniable that truck drivers, trucking companies, and manufacturers have a duty to take all steps possible to reduce the steady stream of injury and death that results when these machines cause accidents. Often those steps only involve enforcing common sense rules regarding trucker sleep and rest.
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