Last week’s post on this blog discussed how a commercial driver who experiences sleep apnea can easily become dangerous both to any passengers he or she is transporting and to other motorists on the road. A driver with sleep apnea is more likely than another driver to be experiencing exhaustion since he or she will not ordinarily get quality sleep at night.
Whether caused by sleep apnea or otherwise, someone who is operating a large commercial vehicle while being too tired to do so safely runs the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel or suffering from highway hypnosis, a condition in which a person can be dazzled by a light or some other object on the road.
Moreover, a tired driver naturally will be more prone to all sorts of distractions, some of which he or she may intentionally indulge simply to stay awake.
Driving a commercial vehicle like a bus, shuttle, or delivery truck while too tired or too distracted to do so is dangerous and irresponsible. It can lead to a terrible tragedy on one of North Carolina’s many highways and can mean that a North Carolina family has to deal with the serious injury or even the death of a close friend or relative.
Drivers who choose to get behind a wheel irresponsibly can and should be held accountable by those who get injured by such actions. In this respect, our law office for many years has been in the business of helping victims both hold negligent drivers accountable and get the compensation that they need and deserve.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a distracted or negligent driver of a commercial vehicle, the information we have on our website about these types of accidents and legal cases may be helpful.