In a recent study published by WebMD, 1 in every 10 truck drivers may be skipping sleep time to get to their destinations quicker. That means nearly 10% of truck drivers are putting ordinary motorists at risk for serious injuires or death. If that is not enough, according to the study, approximately 5% of these drivers may suffer from severe sleep apnea and not even know they are tired prior to falling asleep at the wheel.
According to CBSNEWS.com
Many of the truckers scored as poorly on the tests as people have after drinking alcohol. That was true of:
About 29 percent on the reaction time test
More than a third on the simulated driving test
About a quarter on the fall asleep test
About 5 percent of the truckers scored that poorly on all three tests.
Driving while you are sleepy is dangerous for anyone driving on the road. It is a leading cause of injury and death for many americans each year-espcially when a tractor trailer is involved. If you have been a victim of a sleepy driver’s negligence contact a personal injury attorney immediately to protect your rights.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC,, Brandon Smith has devoted his practice to pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, products liability and serious personal injury. A frequent guest speaker at legal seminars all over the country—Brandon is focused on helping injured victims nationwide, however possible. Named a SuperLawyer in 2017, he has also been called out as one of 10 Best Attorneys For Georgia by the American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys.