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When truckers drive tired, its puts other people in danger

Drunk driving and distracted driving are both serious risks to everyone on the road but they aren't the only serious concerns about safety when you're driving. There's also drowsy driving to worry about. When people get behind the wheel while tired, they put other people on the road at risk. When commercial drivers choose to continue driving when exhausted or fatigued, that risk factor increases.

People have the right to basic safety when driving, and that includes not sharing the road with people who create unnecessarily dangerous conditions. When commercial drivers choose to drive exhausted or drowsy and cause crashes, those who suffered injuries or lost a loved one should hold them accountable.

Highway hypnosis is a huge problem on the interstates

When you are on the road, you will likely expect that other drivers will be operating vehicles as safely as possible. This is true of many drivers, but some might be driving unsafely because of factors like fatigue or distractions.

Semitruck drivers on the roads are especially susceptible to fatigue-related issues. One of their concerns is "highway hypnosis." The term refers to an almost trance-like state drivers experience that can lead to fatal accidents. Here are some facts to know about highway hypnosis:

Staying safe around buses and big trucks: 3 things to know

If you are uncomfortable on the road when big trucks or buses are in proximity, you are not alone. The sheer size of these vehicles, and the severity of the crashes they can cause, are naturally a matter of concern.

Here are three things to be aware of as you try to stay safe.

3 questions about trucking accidents

Trucking accidents often result in injuries and death. They can hurt truck drivers as well as the drivers and passengers of normal vehicles. In fact, the drivers and passengers inside normal vehicle will be severely disadvantaged in any kind of a collision with a big rig due to the size and weight of the semitruck.

Semitruck accidents involve special considerations when compared to normal vehicle accidents. To investigate this topic further, let's look at three common questions related to semitruck crashes.

Self-driving commercial trucks could become the norm

If you think sleepy and distracted truck drivers are a problem, some computer engineers and automobile designers think they may have the solution: automated trucks that drive themselves. In fact, since last October, autonomously driven trucks have been delivering Frigidaire refrigerators along the I-10 freeway from Texas to California.

This issue certainly begs the question of whether such a large vehicle is safe when a computer is behind the wheel. Some experts believe that the vehicles are safer than human-driven trucks, but others disagree.

Commercial drivers can't legally use a cellphone while driving

People today use their phones for almost everything. There are very few places where you won't find someone on a cellphone. Despite this fact, there is one person who shouldn't ever use a cellphone -- a driver.

Drivers who are distracted by a phone are putting themselves and others in danger. When it comes to commercial vehicle drivers, including truckers, there are specific laws that forbid them from using a phone while they drive.

Avoiding drowsy driving: 3 things to know to help stay safe

We live in a sleep-deprived society in which countless numbers of products are delivered by truck. It's a dangerous recipe that results in far too many car and truck accidents caused by drowsy driving.

Here are some tips to stay safe and avoid trouble on the road.

Safety recommendations for semitruck drivers

Most truck drivers have seen motor vehicle operators doing some very risky and idiotic things on the road. In some cases, this unwise maneuvers result in car versus semitruck collisions that cause catastrophic injuries -- or worse -- death.

However, semitruck drivers also should take a cold, hard, critical look at their own driving behavior. They should also educate themselves on safety practices that could help them avoid a serious collision.

Abdominal pain after a car accident is an emergency

Car accidents, even those that seem relatively minor, are a violent experience for the human body. While humans are among the most resilient creatures throughout all of nature, we are also easily injured.

In some cases, injuries that you suffer in a car accident are not obvious at the scene of the collision. Many people who don't think they suffered an injury in an accident chalk it up as a qualified win and skip going to see a doctor. Unfortunately, the longer that a person waits to obtain proper medical care after an accident, the more time an injury has to worsen.

Truck drivers with sleep apnea must get treatment

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your airways when you sleep. People who suffer from sleep apnea don't get the same quality of sleep as those who are free of the condition. That's because, throughout the night, the airways of sleep apnea patients close causing them to wake up because they're unable to breathe.

Over time, sleep apnea sufferers experience sleep deprivation and associated fatigue. As you can imagine, when you're behind the wheel of a giant 18-wheeler, driver fatigue and sleepiness is extremely dangerous.

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