The chances are likely that whenever you are on the road, especially on a freeway, you will encounter large trucks making their deliveries. You already know that semis can cause devastating injuries to other motorists in a collision, but you and other Louisiana residents may not understand the pressures that truck drivers are under, which may increase their chances of getting into an accident.
Truck driving is a stressful job, reports Smart Trucking. You might believe the only issue truckers have to deal with is fatigue behind the wheel. You are right that sleepiness is a common problem plaguing most truckers, but it is far from the only factor in the trucking industry that causes accidents.
Most truck drivers are under immense pressure to make their deliveries on time. Often, they are faced with the dilemma of driving a load from one end of the country to the other in just a few days’ time. There are federal regulations regarding the hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel, but you may not realize that many truckers are forced to falsify their log books to make it to their destinations on time and get paid. This can create a vicious cycle of unhealthy working patterns, which in turn lead to dangerous driving conditions.
For example, instead of getting some much-needed rest, a trucker might rely on coffee or energy drinks to get a few more miles behind him. Truck drivers may also not have enough time to exercise, and instead of having a healthy meal, their regular meals may consist of fast food or rest stop snacks. These choices may lead to such health issues as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. As you can imagine, a health-related stroke or heart attack behind the wheel can be disastrous.
It is unfortunate that truck drivers are under so much stress to get the job done that they are sacrificing their own health. However, it is not only their health and safety that are at risk, but that of you and others with whom they share the road.