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Reduced attention - Attention to tasks has been shown to decrease while drowsy. Truckers drive on "autopilot" and may not give necessary attention to their surroundings.
Increased processing time - Even though a trucker may notice that something is happening around him, he may not process that information until it is too late to react appropriately.
Slow reaction time - Once the information finally gets processed, the trucker's reaction time may be greatly impaired, leading to a devastating Sarasota big rig wreck.
If driving while drowsy causes so many accidents, why do truckers keep doing it?
Truckers cause these preventable crashes for many selfish reasons, including:
- Their employer has imposed tight, nearly impossible delivery deadlines.
- They get a bonus for delivering goods quickly.
- They want to get ahead of bad weather.
- They don't want to drive during rush hour traffic.
- They want to finish quickly so they can get home to their families.
No matter what the reasons for driving while drowsy may be, there are no acceptable excuses for disregarding Hours-of-Service regulations and driving more hours than allowable. There are no acceptable excuses for putting the lives of innocent people in danger. And there is no acceptable excuse for falling asleep at the wheel and causing a catastrophic Sarasota tractor-trailer accident.
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