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Truck driver fatigue is on the rise

Tennessee residents might be interested to learn that researchers from Ball State University analyzed more than 150,000 working adults across the U.S. to determine what professions were most prone to sleep deprivation. Overall, 35.6% of respondents said they suffered from inadequate sleep in 2018. Back in 2010, the percentage was 30.9%.

The military and police see the highest number of sleep-deprived workers with 50% of respondents in these professions claiming to get less than seven hours of sleep. This was followed by 45% of health care workers and 41% of those in the transportation and material moving industry. Also, 41% of those in production reported inadequate sleep.

For truckers, the increase in drowsy driving was high because the percentage was 32% in 2010. Researchers did not specify how many of these were long-haul truck drivers. They also did not identify any specific cause for the increase in these industries, but several reasons can be given, including a rise in workplace stress and the increased use of electronic devices, which tend to keep people up until late in the night.

Men and older individuals saw the largest increase in sleep deprivation. While millions of Americans are taking over-the-counter sleeping aids, researchers say that these may make things worse. If taken improperly, they can worsen one's insomnia, and this is just one of many side effects.

Drowsy driving is a form of negligence, and many truckers risk becoming fatigued so as to meet deadlines and obtain those by-the-load incentives. Occupants of other vehicles who were injured in a crash caused by truck driver fatigue might want to have an attorney's help in seeking compensation for their medical bills and other losses.

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