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Reasons why semi drivers are often very tired

Driver fatigue is a very real issue for truckers. It's dangerous, it can lead to serious accidents, and there are even federal regulations aimed at preventing it. Still, it keeps happening.

You may be a bit perplexed about the reasons. After all, a lot of people work 40 hours a week or even more. What is it that makes truckers so tired? Below are a few reasons:

-- Drivers make money for the time spent on the road. They may be paid per job or paid per mile. That encourages them to drive no matter what. They're not going to pull off and take a nap if they're paying for that nap.

-- Drivers have deadlines. The boss doesn't love it if a trucker says he missed a delivery because he got too tired and had to stop.

-- Time at home is limited. In theory, if a driver has a day off at home, he or she can rest up. In reality, that time often goes to home repairs, yard maintenance, spending time with the kids, shopping and many other things. Drivers may get back behind the wheel the next day feeling just as tired as they did before.

Finally, it's worth noting that truckers are certainly not the only workers who get tired on the job. The issue is just more pronounced for them because it can lead to accidents and injuries, which aren't an issue in many other professions.

Have you been injured by a tired trucker who caused an accident? If you have, you may want to look into your rights to compensation for things like medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

Source: Gorilla Safety, "Why Are Truckers So Tired?," Mark Walton, accessed April 14, 2017

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