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Why do truck drivers suffer from fatigue?

Truck driver fatigue is a serious issue that can cause catastrophic accidents. All it takes is a split second of nodding off for a wreck to occur. Even drivers who do not completely fall asleep could cause accidents if they do not react quickly enough to changes and hazards on the road.

So why do truck drivers get so tired behind the wheel? There are many reasons, some of which include the following:

  • Working too late at night. Your body naturally gets tired after midnight and before six o'clock in the morning. This can also happen from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., so even a standard afternoon drive can be dangerous.
  • Mental and physical exertion. Driving for long hours is mentally taxing, and helping with loading and unloading is a physical challenge.
  • Not getting enough sleep. Many drivers have to sleep in their trucks, on the road, and they may not get as much sleep as they would at home in bed.
  • Working long hours. Extended hours and delays can make for very long work days. Even responsible drivers wear down.
  • Strenuous activities outside of work. For instance, truck drivers may take up jogging or running to try to stay in shape and combat having a relatively sedentary job. These hobbies, while healthy, can make them more tired when they settle into the truck.

5 post-accident tips to help you get back on your bike

You rode your motorcycle for years without fear or anxiety. You respected the bike and the risks, of course, and you used proper safety gear. But you never felt nervous while riding.

Then you got in an accident. A truck turned left in front of you, and you could not avoid the impact. You wound up in the hospital. Now, you are not sure if you can ever ride your bike again.

7 tips to avoid car crashes

You cannot avoid all car accidents. It's impossible. Human error just plays too large of a role.

However, attentive driving could help people avoid more accidents than they do right now. Many people get hit due to other's mistakes when they could have taken simple action to prevent the crash. Here are seven tips that can help you:

  1. Pause at a green light. Look both ways. Yes, you have the right of way, but look out for red light runners every time.
  2. Turn or enter traffic slowly and carefully. Turn the music down and listen to traffic around you as you do so.
  3. Always keep your hands on the wheel. Be ready to react instantly when something goes wrong. That split second it takes to grab the wheel could be too much.
  4. Do not count on backup cameras or mirrors. Use them, as they can help, but also turn and look before you drive.
  5. Look farther ahead of your car than you feel is necessary. Your eyes should really keep scanning the place you'll be in 10 seconds. Look for hazards long before you actually approach them.
  6. Never get too close to the next car. Tailgating does not just mean being half a second back. Two seconds is too close. Aim for three or four.
  7. Be kind and courteous. Move over to let others merge. Let people turn ahead of you. Use your horn sparingly. Never escalate a situation, even if you were not in the wrong.

Emergency signs after a concussion

You get in a motorcycle accident and you hit your head on the other vehicle's hood. You do have a helmet on, fortunately. You walk away from the wreck, though you feel a bit dizzy, and the doctor tells you that you have a concussion.

You're worried that it's more than a simple concussion that should go away in a few days or a week. What signs should you look out for? How do you know if it is time to go to the emergency room?

Grandfather dies in multi-car crash

A multi-car crash in Pennsylvania left one person dead and injured four more.

An SUV reportedly started the chain-reaction accident when it slammed into a concrete barrier. This caused the SUV to roll, sending a nearby car careening into a second SUV. The grandfather who was driving that car died.

Driver behaviors are common causes of rollover crashes

As a passenger, you may trust your driver's skills enough to not think twice about getting into the vehicle. Nowadays, people commonly get into strangers' vehicles through rideshare services and often still do not think much about whether those people are safe drivers. You may have ridden in many vehicles without incident, but still, you are at risk of suffering injuries if a car accident takes place.

In particular, SUVs and other vehicles with higher centers of gravity, such as pickup trucks and vans, have a greater chance of rolling over in an accident. If you are a passenger in an SUV, you could easily suffer serious injuries in this type of event. If so, the driver could bear liability for damages you suffer.

5 things you can do to stay safe near a semi or a bus

The size difference between your passenger car and a semitruck or a bus puts you in significant danger whenever you drive near them. Even a small mistake can lead to a devastating accident. Your car's crash ratings do not give you that much comfort when you're worried about your 3,500-pound car getting hit by an 80,000-pound semi.

To stay safe, always do the following things:

  1. Practice patience: Remember that trucks are often limited to a far lower speed limit than you are, and this is done for your safety. If you can't get around, just wait. Never tailgate or drive aggressively.
  2. Remember that they make wide turns: If you're sitting in the left-hand turn lane and a truck is trying to turn into the lane next to you, back up a bit. That trailer may swing through your lane.
  3. Never get too close to the back of a truck: The driver cannot see you. He or she may have no idea you are there at all. The truck's own trailer blocks the view and creates a huge blind spot.
  4. Avoid blind spots: These are on the sides and in the front, as well. The lanes right next to a truck can be hazardous. If you're worried that you are in a blind spot and the driver cannot see you, even with the mirrors, adjust your speed to move out of the area.
  5. Remember that large vehicles take farther to stop: If you suddenly change lanes at a stoplight and cut off a bus or a truck, you could cause a rear-end accident.

8 things to include in a car accident report

You're looking to file a car accident report, but you have never been in a wreck before. You're not sure where to start and the authorities are not exactly easy to communicate with. What does the report need to include?

Below are eight critical pieces of information that should be in the report:

  1. The name, phone number and address for both you and the other driver.
  2. The driver's license number belonging to both people.
  3. Any contact information for others who may have been involved. For instance, perhaps a pedestrian was injured or maybe you had a passenger with you in the car at the time of the crash.
  4. The insurance information for both drivers, including the name of the company and the policy number.
  5. The license plate number from both of the cars involved -- or more, if this was a multi-vehicle wreck.
  6. The body style of each car, along with the specific make and model. For instance: Pickup truck, Ford F-150 or SUV, Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  7. The VIN from each car (Vehicle identification number).
  8. A brief description of the type of damage sustained by the vehicles. If you do not know the names of specific parts, just list where the damage occurred -- for example, the front left corner of the car.

6 tips to help you avoid car accidents

All car accidents cannot be avoided. Other drivers make mistakes, and they can easily hit you even if you have carefully followed all traffic laws.

That said, defensive driving can make an accident less likely. If you assume other drivers are going to make mistakes, that can help you react quickly. Below are six tips that can help you avoid some accidents.

  1. Stay out of the left-hand lane when possible. This is where reports show the majority of interstate accidents take place.
  2. Watch out for drivers who are distracted or who are not paying attention. If a driver seems to be swerving or drifting, stay far away.
  3. Watch out for cars that don't appear to be taken care of properly. If a car is dirty, loud and looking like it's on the verge of breaking down, it could be a hazard.
  4. Stay off the roads after dark. Night itself causes a lot of accidents, and most drunk driving accidents happen after the sun goes down. Plan to be home by then if you can.
  5. Keep both hands on the wheel. They tell you this in driver's ed, but many people don't do it. Having both hands ready means you can react faster to issues ahead of you.
  6. Understand blind spots. Know where yours are so that you can check them, and know when you could be dangerously driving in another vehicle's blind spot. This is especially an issue with semitrucks.

Drivers fail to see motorcycles twice as often as cars

Drivers often fail to see motorcycles. It sounds so simple, and so easily avoidable, but it happens all the time. It also leads to serious accidents. Drivers who don't see motorcycles may cut them off, turn in front of them, merge into them on the interstate or cause crashes in numerous other ways.

How often does it happen? One study showed people different vehicles in pictures when they were not sure what to expect. These people did not see taxi cabs in 31 percent of the cases. However, they did not see motorcycles in a stunning 65 percent of cases.

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