America has a problem with big trucks. No, it isn’t the traffic they cause or how slow they make the highways just when you want to get somewhere. It isn’t the potholes that they make that take forever to repair, nor is it the pieces of tire they leave in the middle of the highway.

No, America’s problem is that trucks are getting into way too many accidents, and because of their size, those accidents are causes a great deal of damage to property, to roads, and causing too much loss of life.

How can we fix this issue? How can we limit the damage our trucks are doing?

Some might have the reactionary response of trying to limit trucking, but that isn’t realistic in this country. With such a vast amount of space, the need to transport so many goods, and a lack of railroads, there aren’t a lot of options other than trucks. To change that dynamic would take a massive investment that no one is willing to make. Trucks are here to stay.

So, what else can we try?

The answer is simpler than you may think: sleep.

There are plenty of reasons for truck accidents (this law firm site I found lists a few), but one of the major issues is truck drivers driving irresponsibly because of a lack of sleep. Exhaustion plays a major roll in accidents of all kinds, and since truckers have to drive so much, they expose themselves to the risks of exhaustion more than others. In fact, exhaustion is the cause of another major reason for accidents: drinking and drugs.

If drivers need more sleep, what can we do to make them get it?

That is trickier. Truckers are on strict schedules, and they can’t afford delays, which means they probably aren’t getting as much sleep as they should. If their schedules were relaxed a little, they would be able to get more rest, but what company is willing to take the financial hit that would be required to make sure the drivers are getting enough shut-eye?

A further issue and one that might be more easily solved is the number of truck drivers with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea makes it hard to get good, deep sleep. If more was done to test and treat sleep apnea amongst truck drivers, there might be a decrease in accidents.

Overall, a major issue with truck accidents is the fact the drivers aren’t sleeping enough, they aren’t rested enough, and so they make stupid mistakes that can cause a great deal of harm. Diagnosing the problem is the easy part, though. It’s much harder figuring out exactly how to fix the problem. Truckers need more sleep, but who is going to let them get it?


read more