Culpepper Kurland Aggressive Tenacious - Culpepper Kurland
Call Us 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week
Free Confidential Case Evaluation

What are the signs of truck driver fatigue?

A previous post on this blog talked about how, for truckers and other commercial vehicle firms that are subject to them, federal regulations attempt to prevent driver fatigue among commercial operators by imposing specific requirements on how long a driver can be on the road before stopping to take an extended rest.

Unfortunately, too many trucking companies create a culture in which these rules are winked at or even outright ignored, as the big push in those businesses is greater profit by making more and faster deliveries, even at the expense of the public's safety. Moreover, the rules cannot stop all driver fatigue.

It is therefore important for the residents of the Tampa area and other Floridians, particularly if they or a loved one has been in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, to recognize the visible signs of driver fatigue. Following an accident, a trucker or commercial driver is rarely going to outright admit to being too tired to drive, and so remembering how the driver was maneuvering his or her vehicle beforehand can be important.

As mentioned, a fatigued driver can easily be confused with a drunk or drugged driver. This is not surprising since a driver who has been on the road for 18 hours or more with no sleep is the same as having .08 blood alcohol content. A fatigued driver may struggle to stay in his or her lane or maintain a consistent speed while traveling.

Also, it is important for an accident victim to find out as much as they can about what the driver was doing inside his or her vehicle as well. In addition to knowing the obvious question of how much sleep the driver had, the victim will want to know what they had eaten, whether they had taken any prescription medicine and whether or not they had been yawning frequently or having to rub their eyes.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us Today for a Free, Confidential Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location

101 East Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2300
Tampa, FL 33602

Toll Free: 866-500-6107
Phone: 813-217-5647
Tampa Law Office Map