Fatigued driving is a form of impaired driving – like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is because a lack of sleep significantly reduces a person’s ability to think clearly and stay focused. In fact, some studies say that missing enough sleep can cause the same level of impairment as a 0.08% BAC. In commercial motor vehicle drivers, fatigue may be due to a lack of adequate sleep, extended work hours, strenuous work, or even non-work activities. Being fatigued can cause a trucker to make errors in estimating the speed, distance, and intentions of other vehicles, have sleep-blurred vision, or fall asleep at the wheel.
How do you prove fatigue in a fatigue truck driver accident?
After a crash, fatigued truckers rarely want to admit they were driving drowsy. Whether the truck involved was a semi, tanker, double tractor-trailer truck, or another type of large vehicle, truck accident attorneys know how to conduct investigations that get to the bottom of what happened. To build a strong case, they may collect evidence like medical records, crash site reports and videos, drug and alcohol test results, phone records, federally regulated truck logs and data, black box recordings, wage receipts, witness statements, and expert testimony, among other things.