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Truck drivers shouldn't work while tired

While many assume that there is a link between truck driver fatigue and the number of hours that they drive, this isn't the only factor that should be considered. In addition to complying with hours-of-service rules, it may also benefit Ohio drivers and others to receive fatigue management training. Drivers who know that they are tired are more likely to take steps such as requesting shorter trips or taking a quick nap during the day.

If a driver says that he or she is too tired to drive, companies generally have to let them rest. Furthermore, companies should investigate why a driver is tired and try to work through any issue that this individual is experiencing. These issues could range from a sleep disorder to problems at home that make it difficult to get quality rest while not driving.

Helping a person work through these issues can lead to happier and more productive drivers. Companies are also encouraged to schedule drivers at times when they are most awake and alert. Those who aren't necessarily morning people may be more effective if they are scheduled to make deliveries later in the morning or in the afternoon. The use of cameras or wearable technology could make it easier to determine if an individual is too tired to work at any given time.

Those who are hurt in accidents stemming from truck driver fatigue may be entitled to reimbursement for medical bills and other costs. If an employer had reason to believe that a driver was too tired to work, that employer may be negligent as well. Electronic log records and other evidence may be used to establish that a person who caused an accident should not have been allowed to operate a commercial vehicle.

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