The number of semi-trucks on the road in Florida can be daunting for other drivers. These vehicles are massive and are frequently traveling long distances at a high rate of speed. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers advice for drivers and companies to maintain proper safety procedures. For people who are concerned about being in a truck accident, the advice that the FMCSA offers can also provide a window into reasons why accidents caused by truck driver fatigue might occur by examining tips that drivers receive to avoid them.
Studies into the reasoning behind truck crashes found that 13 percent were due to commercial drivers being fatigued. Drivers are encouraged to get enough rest prior to getting behind the wheel. There are times at which people are naturally drowsy. These are generally viewed as overnight hours between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Drivers are encouraged to pull over if they begin to feel fatigued, but many don't because they don't realize the dangers or are trying to get their jobs done due to employer pressure or financial need.