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Sleep deprivation high among commercial truckers

Commercial truckers in Tennessee can work long hours, sometimes getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep as a result. Truckers are not the only workers who are experiencing a chronic lack of sleep, though. A study from Ball State University surveyed more than 150,000 working adults in the U.S. and discovered which professions run the highest risk for sleep deprivation.

Half of respondents who were police officers or military members reported inadequate sleep. This was followed by 45% of healthcare workers, 41% of transport and material moving professionals and 41% of those in production. Researchers found an overall increase in sleep-deprived workers between 2010 and 2018. While 30.9% of respondents reported lack of sleep in 2010, that percentage grew to 35.6% in 2018.

While it's not unusual to find truckers on the list, the study did not specify how many were long-haul truck drivers. Still, regardless of the industry one works in, the effects of sleep deprivation are negative: chronic health issues, loss of productivity, a higher risk for on-the-job injury and more.

Researchers did not point out any specific cause for the trend. Longer work hours and greater workplace stress may be contributing factors. Many people also use their electronic devices well into the night.

Drowsy truck drivers are being negligent, and if they cause a crash, they should be held liable. As for the victims, they can pursue a personal injury case if they share less than 50% of the fault. A successful accident claim might cover losses like medical bills, vehicle repair costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. In the effort to achieve a fair settlement, victims may want to retain legal representation. If negotiations fail, the lawyer may prepare the case for court.

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