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Truck driver fatigue is just as dangerous as it sounds

Commercial truck drivers spend hours on end on the road. While this doesn't sound like a big deal, it's important to remember that fatigue can set in at some point. When it does, there's a greater risk of the person causing an accident.

A fatigued driver could fall asleep at the wheel or have a delayed response time.

As a driver in close proximity to commercial trucks, you should always be aware that a trucker could be fatigued, thus making poor decisions.

At our law firm, we have represented many people who have been injured in an accident caused by a drowsy trucker. In doing so, we focus on details such as: the driver's logbook, black box data, GPS data, mileage driven in succession, the route and speed.

Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing if a truck driver is too fatigued to be on the road. Instead, you simply hope for the best and do whatever you can to stay out of harm's way.

If you have reason to believe a trucker is fatigued, such as if he or she is swerving, you need to keep your distance.

In the event of a truck accident, move your vehicle to safety (if possible) and call 911. You want to receive immediate medical attention, as there's a chance that you will have suffered an injury.

Once you receive treatment and know your prognosis, you can learn more about the accident. This will give you a clearer idea of what happened, what to do next and who was responsible for the crash.

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