You might think that, since you’re not the one driving the truck, you’re powerless to prevent 18-wheeler accidents due totrucker fatigue in Oklahoma. Not true!
While you may not be in control of the truck, you are in control of your own car-and you can alert the authorities to any potential drowsy driving behavior.
So what signs of trucker fatigue are you looking for?
- Boredom. The trucker may be slumped or staring.
- Irritability. A driver may be yelling at the cars around him.
- Drowsiness. A trucker’s head may nod, or he may start blinking more frequently.
- Aches and pains. This includes a driver shifting a lot in the seat, pulling at his neck, or rubbing his eyes.
- Erratic driving. Swerving, drifting between lanes, or sudden braking all qualify.
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If you suspect a trucker of driving while drowsy, what actions can you take to ensure your family’s safety?
- Call the number on the back of the vehicle and report the driver using the posted ID number.
- If the trucker is driving dangerously, call 911 to report him.
- Allow plenty of following distance between you and the truck.
- Call an experienced Oklahoma City truck accident attorney if you are involved in an accident.
If someone you love was injured in an Oklahoma trucking accident, the Buxton Law Group can help. Call us today at (405) 604-5577 for trusted legal advice.
Link: Health Discoveries, “Driver Fatigue is NOT What You Think It Is”