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How can truckers avoid driver fatigue?

Sharing the road with trucks is a way of life. Unfortunately, there are times when truckers don't care to share the road with you. When this happens, the chance of an accident is much greater.

There is another reason common reason for truck accidents: Truckers who don't get enough sleep.

Drowsy driving is extremely dangerous, as this can cause a serious accident that leads to injury or even death.

Here are some of the things truckers can do to avoid driver fatigue:

-- Get plenty of sleep before hitting the road. There is nothing more important than this. If your body is naturally tired, there's not much you can do to fight against this.

-- Eat healthy. This may not seem like a big deal, but eating healthy food can help you remain alert while you are behind the wheel.

-- Take a nap if you need it. Truckers don't want to take naps, as this slows them down, but it's a must in some cases.

-- Don't take any substance that will induce drowsiness. This includes but is not limited to prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and alcohol.

-- Understand the signs of drowsiness. If you have any reason to believe you're too drowsy to drive, get off the road.

While most truckers understand the importance of avoiding driver fatigue, others will continue to push the envelope.

If you're involved in an accident with a truck in Texas, don't wait to call for medical assistance. Once you have been treated and have a better idea of what happened, you can learn more about your legal rights.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "CMV Driving Tips - Driver Fatigue," accessed Oct. 11, 2016

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