Truck drivers in Mississippi and throughout the country who experience high levels of fatigue may have an elevated risk of being involved in a collision. However, drivers may be able to take steps to keep themselves rested and alert while behind the wheel. For example, it may be a good idea to have a bagel instead of a candy bar or a tuna sandwich instead of a burger. Opting for nutritious foods can provide the body with steady energy.
It may also be a good idea for drivers to limit the amount of caffeine or alcohol that they consume. This is because excess caffeine consumption may cause dizziness, headaches or other health problems. In addition to making a person feel tired, alcohol can interfere with an individual’s ability to think properly. Ideally, drivers will drink mostly water as it can reduce the risk of headaches and muscle cramps while also helping them stay alert.
In addition, drivers are encouraged to find a sleep schedule that they can stick to. Sleeping at roughly the same time each day can be beneficial even if a person has to go to bed late at night or during daylight hours. Those who are tired but don’t have time to stop and get a full six hours of rest can still benefit from short naps.
Tired drivers who are responsible for causing truck accidents may be liable for any damages that an injured victim incurs. This may be true even if the person who causes the truck crash dies in the collision. Injured victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. They may also be entitled to emotional distress or punitive damages in a negotiated settlement or as part of a jury award.