Earlier this week, our Chicago truck accident attorneys read a report posted on TruckingInfo.com detailing a poll that was recently conducted by the National Sleep Foundation. According to the study, nearly half of truck drivers revealed that they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep. The Sleep in America poll, which was composed of various transportation professionals, including: pilots, train operators, truck, bus, taxi and limo drivers, about their sleep habits and subsequent work performance.
The following includes shocking aspects of the poll revealed by professional commercial vehicle drivers:
– 44% admit they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep – 27% report that their current work schedule does not allow adequate time for sleep
– 16% reveal that they take 3-5 naps during the work-week, while 42% report napping on work days – 14% of truck driver admit that they have had a “near miss” due to sleepiness
Additionally, Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that truck drivers report having 12.1 hours off between shifts compared to 12.9 hours for pilots, 12.5 for train operators and 14.2 hours for non-transportation workers off between shifts.
The Sleep in America poll also showed that among all workers surveyed, train operators and pilots reported the most work day sleep dissatisfaction. Our Chicago trucking accident attorneys learned that almost two-thirds of train operators (57%) and one-half of pilots (50%) say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on work nights, compared to 44% of truck drivers and 42% of non-transportation workers. Bus, taxi, and limo drivers report the best work day sleep satisfaction, with about one-third (29%) saying they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on work nights.
Any Chicago truck accident lawyer will tell you that sleep deprivation can often prove devastatingly harmful for those individuals working in the transportation industry, as well as, the traveling motor public. With the continued prevalence of Illinois trucking accidents due to driver fatigue, something must be done to prevent the recurrence of this deadly driver condition. However, with continued debate over truck driver hours-of-service rules and questionable practices by truck driver medical examiners; this topic will continue to prevail under a wave of controversy.
In the unfortunate circumstance you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a fatigued semi truck driver, please contact our experienced accident attorneys in Chicago to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.