The very nature of being a long-haul truck driver involves spending many hours driving. Naturally, spending many hours sitting behind the wheel may induce fatigue in the driver. This fatigue increases the risk of danger for both the truck driver and anyone else who may be on the road.
It comes as no surprise then that long-haul truck drivers may cause serious and devastating injuries due to excessive work demands that have them working incredibly long hours. In 2015 alone, nearly 4,000 people died in accidents involving large trucks. Nearly seventy percent of those deaths were occupants of cars and passenger vehicles. Another fifteen percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. Large Trucks, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety- Highway Loss Data Institute, http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks#cite-text-0-0 (last visited June 30, 2017). (more…)