Many people in the Detroit metro area make the daily grind to work and back on one of the cities many highways and it is not unusual to see semi-trucks during your daily commute. Truckers often work long hours so they can make as many deliveries as possible as quickly as possible. However, this could lead truckers to take the risk of causing drowsy driving accidents.
Driving overnight disrupts your circadian rhythm
Many truckers drive overnight when traffic is lighter. However, this makes them more susceptible to drowsy driving. This is because our circadian rhythm, that is the natural lulls in our wakefulness, makes us particularly drowsy between the hours of midnight to 6:00 a.m. Driving during these hours can affect a trucker’s short-term memory, vigilance, reaction time, alertness and ability to stay awake. Any of these factors can lead to a drowsy driving accident.
Some medications make you drowsy
When we have a cold, allergies or a chronic medical condition we may try to go to work as usual and this includes truckers. However, some prescription and over-the-counter medications can make a person drowsy. Some examples include antihistamines, cold medicines and anxiety medications. These medications generally contain a warning on the packaging not to operate heavy equipment while on the drug. Unfortunately, some truckers will not heed these warnings and will drive while medicated leading to a drowsy driving accident.
Alertness tricks rarely work
Many truckers think they have the key to stay awake after many hours on the road. They may drink a cup of coffee or an energy drink, roll down the window for fresh air, play loud music or smoke a cigarette. However, these alertness tricks do not last in the long-term and could lure truckers into a false sense of security that results in a truck accident.
Learn more about truck accidents in Wayne County
Ultimately, truckers are just like any other drivers in that they cannot take unnecessary risks while driving. It is better to pull over and rest rather than drive drowsy. Those who are interested in learning more about truck accidents are encouraged to visit our firm’s website to learn more about their rights and options.