Semitrailers are larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, and they are capable of causing significant damage when involved in accidents. Because of this, West Virginia truckers have the responsibility of driving safely and carefully as well as adhering to safety standards and regulations designed to prevent truck accidents. An important factor in the safe operation of a commercial truck is preventing drowsy driving.
Drowsy driving is a prevalent problem in trucking. Because of the nature of the job, the men and women who operate these vehicles are often behind the wheel for long periods of time, and they often battle fatigue. Tired drivers are more dangerous drivers, even when they do not fully understand how their drowsiness impacts their ability to operate a truck safely.