What Are Signs of Fatigued Truck Driving?

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It is an unfortunate truth that fatigued driving is one of the most common causes of crashes on Texas roads. What’s worse is that commercial truck drivers may get behind the wheel while drowsy, as they may feel the added pressure to “clock in” to their shift. Read on to discover the common signs of fatigued truck driving and how a seasoned Houston, Texas truck accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you prove this.

What are common signs of fatigued truck driving?

Of note, a truck driver driving while fatigued may show similar signs to one driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These signs are as follows:

  • A truck driver is tailgating.
  • A truck driver is driving significantly below or above the enforced speed limit.
  • A truck driver is repeatedly missing traffic signs.
  • A truck driver is repeatedly having slow reaction times at traffic signal changes.
  • A truck driver is repeatedly hitting a rumble strip and jerking back into their lane.
  • A truck driver is overall displaying an increased number of mistakes on the road.

What can I do to prove that a truck driver was fatigued at the time of my crash?

Even though fatigued driving and drunk driving share similar indications, it is impossible to definitively conclude whether a truck driver’s fatigue caused a crash. This is because fatigue cannot be measured in the same way as alcohol consumption.

However, if you believe that a truck driver was fatigued at the time of your crash, then you may collect other forms of proof that point to this. Examples are as follows:

  • You may take photos and videos of the truck driver asleep behind the wheel.
  • You may take photos and videos of zigzagging tire marks that show the truck driver’s swerving.
  • You may collect testimonies from witnesses who saw the truck driver asleep behind the wheel or otherwise acting sporadically.
  • You may collect a copy of the police report in which the truck driver admits their feelings of drowsiness.
  • You may collect a copy of the truck driver’s shift schedule that shows that they were overworked.
  • You may collect a copy of the truck driver’s medical history that shows their diagnosis of sleep apnea or another sleep disorder.

In addition, you may even go as far as pointing out the time of your crash. That is, a late-night drive may indicate a higher probability that fatigued driving was involved.

There is a deadline for bringing forward a truck accident claim (i.e., two years). So you must not hesitate to reach out to a competent Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our team at White Personal Injury will be awaiting your phone call.

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